Cost of Living in Kuala Lumpur

Summary of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia:

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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 3.29 $ 2.13-6.38
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 27.63 $ 12.75-53.13
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 4.25 $ 3.40-5.31
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 3.83 $ 2.13-6.38
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.36 $ 3.19-7.44
Cappuccino (regular) 2.65 $ 1.49-3.61
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.73 $ 0.49-1.06
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.47 $ 0.43-0.85
Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 6.33 $ 4.83-8.04
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.75 $ 0.58-1.49
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.58 $ 0.25-1.17
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.77 $ 1.02-2.37
Local Cheese (1 lb) 5.41 $ 1.45-14.46
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 1.90 $ 1.16-2.89
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 4.52 $ 1.93-11.57
Apples (1 lb) 1.17 $ 0.58-1.93
Banana (1 lb) 0.65 $ 0.43-0.96
Oranges (1 lb) 1.23 $ 0.67-2.41
Tomato (1 lb) 0.64 $ 0.29-0.96
Potato (1 lb) 0.44 $ 0.24-0.77
Onion (1 lb) 0.41 $ 0.24-0.67
Lettuce (1 head) 0.90 $ 0.64-1.70
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.60 $ 0.32-0.85
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 14.24 $ 8.50-21.25
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.70 $ 1.70-3.83
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 3.92 $ 2.13-6.38
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.83 $ 3.70-5.31
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.64 $ 0.43-1.06
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 10.63 $ 10.63-31.88
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.06 $ 0.64-1.28
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 1.71 $ 0.68-3.08
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 3.19 $ 3.19-4.68
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.65 $ 1.61-1.93
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 34,002.76 $ 29,752.42-36,246.95
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,864.95 $ 25,502.07-29,752.42
Utilities (Monthly)
Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 49.57 $ 31.88-77.78
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 11.21 $ 7.44-19.13
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 25.22 $ 21.04-34.00
Sports And Leisure
Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 44.03 $ 27.63-63.76
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 6.91 $ 4.25-10.63
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 4.25 $ 3.19-5.31
Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 229.93 $ 106.26-382.53
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 7,586.87 $ 3,187.76-21,251.73
Clothing And Shoes
1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 48.83 $ 21.04-74.38
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 30.18 $ 10.63-63.76
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 65.55 $ 42.50-102.01
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 69.95 $ 40.17-116.88
Rent Per Month
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 469.90 $ 318.78-743.81
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 302.38 $ 212.52-510.04
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 927.79 $ 573.80-1,700.14
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 534.33 $ 382.53-786.31
Buy Apartment Price
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 230.50 $ 138.20-394.87
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 112.88 $ 63.75-159.39
Salaries And Financing
Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,164.19 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.87 3.00-4.85

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Last update: October 2023
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11 Comments so far
Anonymous on Apr 04, 2023:
Indian currency was ferociously and deliberately demonetized in 2016 by the thief Modi's government and consequently Nepal lost probably over billions due to holding the demonetized India rupee and didn't recover all of their money from the untrustworthy Modi government anymore since then.
It's an extremely expensive lesson that Malaysia is lucky enough to be able to learn from Nepal's experience for free for the wellbeing of Malaysia but unfortunately Malaysia is stepping into the exact trap which Nepal went through with the India rupee before so a guarantee through commodities instead of untrustworthy India rupee is an urgent matter that Malaysia should consider and execute seriously and immediately in order to not repeat the unfortunately fate which Nepal went through with the untrustworthy India rupee before.
Anonymous on Aug 28, 2022:
The amount of spam here like the case of the “US thief” is simply annoying and disgusting. Peddle your conspiracy theories at your echo chambers rather than polluting the comment sections with people actually looking to do some research
Anonymous on Feb 18, 2022:
A new Proton saloon car will cost you RM35,000. The cheapest is new car is Kancil, a small 5-seater costing RM25,000.
Amy Saunders on Dec 30, 2021:
Oh wow! I found it really fascinating when you pointed out that we can even rent an apartment for less than $900 per month. My son has been thinking of living near the city center sometime next month. I'll forward this article to him so he'll rent the right place later.
Orang Orang on May 05, 2021:
I have been looted badly in Kuala Lumpur. Payed 50% more than 200K RM for a business startup. This group of Malaysian took the money and since then it was all promises. No where to go to. Police advices to put case and the guys walk free with no guilt feeling and even inviting me to join for a drink. Ruthless criminals driving very expensive cars and looking rich. Zero integrity or shame. This is not my single experience. Even my Malaysian and foreigner friends has similar experience. I even took a lawyer for the initial agreement, when things go wrong. The lawyer acted very helpless.

Next is racism and discrimination. Chinese and Indians are highly discriminated. It’s a well known factor. But it’s funny, even they are so used it that, they are in denial. Discrimination being dark coloured skin is very high, doesn’t matter from which part of the world you are from.

During beginning of 2020 as the COVID hit the whole world. Most of the employees was helpless in KL and never bothered to renew foreign workers visa. Especially as the business was closed for months and as they no need to pay salary. If visa’s are running they are liable to pay salary. In few days these foreigner staff all became illegal immigrants and was hunted by the Malaysian authorities along with the other illegal immigrants. The sad part is, these illegal immigrates has always been the backbone of the businesses in KL. There is an YouTube video about this by Al Jazeera which had major criticism.
The community is not open to discussion or ready for criticism. Any review or comment which is unpleasant will invite major cyber attack or insult.
Anonymous on Dec 26, 2019:
is it enough to survive in selangor cyberjaya with the salary of 7500 RM for two people? will I be able to save some money?
Anonymous on Dec 10, 2019:

I am from India. Soon I'll be joining a Company at Kuala Lumpur and I'll be getting RM 6000 as monthly income.
I want to know is it reasonable amount to survive there. I am single (Unmarried), will be sending some part of income back to india to my parents.
Is it okay for a person to survive on this (RM 6000/month) income.
Anonymous on Oct 16, 2019:
1. Cars price between : Rm 25k to 80k good cars new Toyota, Honda, Kia, Proton(Local)
2. Wifi : Rm150max unlimited 300mbs speed
3. Buying house : Forgeiner cant buy any house below amount Rm 1million. And its only 1 or 2 house available for buy in one state.
Anonymous on Oct 09, 2019:

I am from India. Soon I'll be joining an MNC at Kuala Lumpur and I'll be getting 115k MYR as annual income.
I want to know is it reasonable amount to survive there. I am single (Unmarried), will be sending some part of income back to india to my parents.
Is it okay for a person to survive on this (115K MYR/annum) income.
Anonymous on Sep 24, 2019:
Following 3 taxes were heavy ripoffs imposed on tourist unfairly on top of paying fair tax as the local contribute.

1. Hotel double taxation or Tourism tax : additional 10RM per night daily on top of hotel/hostel + tax (Malaysian no need to pay but only tourist are forced to pay unfairly).
Stay for 2 weeks in Malaysia and you would waste RM140 (10RM x 14) just for tourism tax
Are tourist the slaves to Malaysia to be taxed whatever the brainless Malaysia want?
Someone or a country or two should come out eventually to sue Malaysia for tourist discrimination at the international court...and then hopefully and consequently happily all countries ban tourist from visiting the immoral ripoff Malaysia for good...

2. Airport tax or PSC : RM73 which was raised from RM32 during the last 2 years, a whopping 128% skyrocketing...
Very sick Malaysia

3. Departure tax : RM150 business class starting from this month for non-asean-organization destinations including Japan, India, China, Europe, US...
No one owe or miss Malaysia this much money so heading to no departure-tax destinations is the right choice for tourist.

So any tourist visiting to Malaysia is a no-brainer scumbag who is no different to a slave waiting to be ripped off by the shameless scumbag, parasite government in Malaysia.

Tourist should at least understand tax associated with their expense of a country where they intend to visit beforehand or else heavy taxes from ripoff country Malaysia would waste your hard-earned travel budget unnecessarily.

Malaysia is the worst shameless ripoff country in the world so tourist must punish Malaysia by not visiting it to discourage its immoral practice or else there are more shameless countries such as Thailand, Myanmar which are going to copy ripoff methods from Malaysia soon unless someone like you and me stop visiting the ripoff country Malaysia which would result Malaysia abandoning its immoral ripoff practice in order to woo tourist again.
Anonymous on Sep 24, 2019:
Starting next month, 1rst Oct, INDIA will waive tax for hotel stay under 1000 Rupee in India.

So zero tax for hotel stay in India is a bargain unlike immoral double taxes imposed in Malaysia which are daily tourism tax + daily hotel tax.

Shame on you Malaysia