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Cost of Living in Malaysia

Cost of living in Malaysia is 46.16% lower than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Malaysia is 72.68% lower than in United States (average data for all cities).
Restaurants [ Edit ] Avg. Range
Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 10.00 RM 7.00-15.00
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 50.00 RM 35.00-82.00
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 12.00 RM 10.00-15.00
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 12.00 RM 8.00-16.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 15.00 RM 10.00-20.00
Cappuccino (regular) 9.78 RM 6.50-13.00
Coke/Pepsi (11.2 oz small bottle) 2.30 RM 1.60-3.00
Water (11.2 oz small bottle) 1.32 RM 1.00-2.00
Markets [ Edit ] Avg.
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 25.40 RM 18.93-30.28
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 2.84 RM 2.27-3.63
Rice (white), (1 lb) 1.96 RM 1.18-3.18
Eggs (12) 5.24 RM 4.00-7.00
Local Cheese (1 lb) 29.32 RM 10.89-54.43
Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1 lb) 5.33 RM 3.63-7.26
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 10.98 RM 5.90-17.79
Apples (1 lb) 4.49 RM 2.72-5.90
Banana (1 lb) 2.39 RM 1.81-3.63
Oranges (1 lb) 4.18 RM 2.27-6.35
Tomato (1 lb) 2.11 RM 1.36-4.08
Potato (1 lb) 1.81 RM 1.13-3.18
Onion (1 lb) 1.93 RM 1.04-3.63
Lettuce (1 head) 3.75 RM 2.50-5.00
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 2.40 RM 1.50-3.00
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 57.50 RM 40.00-70.00
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 10.05 RM 6.00-15.00
Imported Beer (11.2 oz small bottle) 12.69 RM 8.00-18.00
Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 17.00 RM 13.50-17.80
Transportation [ Edit ] Avg.
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 2.50 RM 2.00-3.50
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 100.00 RM 60.00-150.00
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 3.00 RM 3.00-5.00
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 2.57 RM 1.61-4.83
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 25.00 RM 15.00-35.00
Gasoline (1 gallon) 7.31 RM 6.44-8.71
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 144,500.00 RM 100,000.00-160,000.00
Toyota Corolla 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 116,119.50 RM 90,000.00-138,900.00
Utilities (Monthly) [ Edit ] Avg.
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 181.20 RM 100.00-300.00
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.24 RM 0.15-0.50
Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 159.91 RM 136.00-200.00
Sports And Leisure [ Edit ] Avg.
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 142.11 RM 80.00-200.00
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 24.59 RM 12.00-50.00
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 15.00 RM 12.00-18.00
Childcare [ Edit ] Avg.
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Private, Monthly for 1 Child 471.67 RM 350.00-1,000.00
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 40,133.33 RM 25,000.00-63,000.00
Clothing And Shoes [ Edit ] Avg.
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 237.18 RM 140.00-330.00
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 131.25 RM 78.00-200.00
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 281.19 RM 200.00-365.00
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 259.89 RM 150.00-400.00
Rent Per Month [ Edit ] Avg.
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 1,517.89 RM 780.00-2,700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 909.77 RM 400.00-1,500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 2,702.13 RM 1,500.00-5,000.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 1,573.76 RM 800.00-2,500.00
Buy Apartment Price [ Edit ] Avg.
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 765.85 RM 464.51-1,099.99
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 432.23 RM 278.71-600.00
Salaries And Financing [ Edit ] Avg.
Average Monthly Disposable Salary (Net After Tax) 3,444.63 RM
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 4.59 4.00-5.80

Prices in Malaysia

These data are based on 9820 entries in the past 18 months from 1117 different contributors.
Last update: February, 2017
Our data for each country are based on all entries from all cities in that country.
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By City in Malaysia

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City
Cost of Living Index
Rent Index
Cost of Living Plus Rent Index
Groceries Index
Restaurant Price Index
Local Purchasing Power Index
Penang 44.21 10.06 27.83 49.03 23.56 69.61
Petaling Jaya 43.83 12.18 28.65 50.11 21.25 61.90
Kota Kinabalu 43.42 7.81 26.34 48.62 20.83 46.44
Kuala Lumpur 41.78 16.04 29.43 44.06 24.33 81.98
Johor Bahru 41.00 11.23 26.72 47.52 19.35 54.86
Selangor 40.09 9.65 25.49 44.28 18.00 95.09
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