Cost of Living in Penang

Summary of cost of living in Penang, Malaysia:

Restaurants
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Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 2.55 $ 1.70-6.38
Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 19.13 $ 12.75-31.88
McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 3.83 $ 3.40-4.25
Domestic Beer (1 pint draught) 4.04 $ 3.19-6.38
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 4.14 $ 3.19-6.38
Cappuccino (regular) 2.82 $ 1.70-3.19
Coke/Pepsi (12 oz small bottle) 0.67 $ 0.43-1.28
Water (12 oz small bottle) 0.41 $ 0.32-1.06
Markets
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Milk (regular), (1 gallon) 5.93 $ 4.83-6.44
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (1 lb) 0.82 $ 0.58-1.35
Rice (white), (1 lb) 0.67 $ 0.25-1.01
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.79 $ 1.05-2.45
Local Cheese (1 lb) 6.46 $ 2.89-9.64
Chicken Fillets (1 lb) 2.09 $ 0.77-3.09
Beef Round (1 lb) (or Equivalent Back Leg Red Meat) 5.33 $ 2.41-9.64
Apples (1 lb) 1.12 $ 0.82-1.93
Banana (1 lb) 0.60 $ 0.39-0.67
Oranges (1 lb) 1.21 $ 0.96-1.45
Tomato (1 lb) 0.48 $ 0.29-0.66
Potato (1 lb) 0.29 $ 0.24-0.39
Onion (1 lb) 0.71 $ 0.29-1.06
Lettuce (1 head) 1.02 $ 0.64-1.36
Water (1.5 liter bottle) 0.45 $ 0.21-0.64
Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 10.63 $ 7.44-19.13
Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 2.41 $ 1.47-2.76
Imported Beer (12 oz small bottle) 2.94 $ 2.13-4.25
Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro) 3.93 $ 3.72-4.57
Transportation
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One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 0.46 $ 0.43-0.64
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 21.26 $ 10.63-46.21
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 1.06 $ 0.64-1.91
Taxi 1 mile (Normal Tariff) 0.34 $ 0.34-1.03
Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 6.38 $ 6.38-6.38
Gasoline (1 gallon) 1.65 $ 1.65-1.67
Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 35,521.89 $ 35,072.80-35,970.97
Toyota Corolla Sedan 1.6l 97kW Comfort (Or Equivalent New Car) 27,042.62 $ 24,444.68-27,396.75
Utilities (Monthly)
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Basic (Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage) for 915 sq ft Apartment 38.48 $ 25.94-69.08
Mobile Phone Monthly Plan with Calls and 10GB+ Data 8.86 $ 5.31-12.75
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 24.82 $ 21.26-31.88
Sports And Leisure
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Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 27.03 $ 21.26-31.88
Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 3.54 $ 2.13-5.31
Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 3.83 $ 3.19-5.31
Childcare
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Preschool (or Kindergarten), Full Day, Private, Monthly for 1 Child 206.19 $ 138.17-318.84
International Primary School, Yearly for 1 Child 4,198.11 $ 3,188.44-8,502.50
Clothing And Shoes
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1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 60.93 $ 21.26-74.40
1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 27.99 $ 21.26-42.51
1 Pair of Nike Running Shoes (Mid-Range) 68.32 $ 36.14-106.28
1 Pair of Men Leather Business Shoes 50.22 $ 31.88-191.31
Rent Per Month
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Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 356.04 $ 212.56-637.69
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 272.79 $ 170.05-318.84
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 677.16 $ 510.15-956.53
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 494.97 $ 425.12-637.69
Buy Apartment Price
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Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment in City Centre 193.94 $ 157.98-255.07
Price per Square Feet to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 142.74 $ 98.74-212.56
Salaries And Financing
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Average Monthly Net Salary (After Tax) 1,032.11 $
Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly, for 20 Years Fixed-Rate 3.96 3.00-4.50

Prices in Penang

This city had 338 entries in the past 12 months by 53 different contributors.
Last update: May 2024
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2 Comments so far
Thomas Maresco on Oct 17, 2020:
I am asking for help ....I have someone in penang Malaysia , who insists they need 300 USD a week for food and even then they tell me they eat very modestly such as nasi gorang and maybe egg and spaghetti , was also told 12 eggs cost 18 USD and a loaf of bread is 6 USD ... I think I am being taken advantage of . could someone please email me cheftom12@gmail.com and let me know ...thank you very much
jeffrey william emack on Sep 03, 2020:
is there a list i can see that shows number 1 ranked to last placed