Travel budget in Malaysia

Malaysia: calculate your travel budget

Malaysia: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Malaysia for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 20 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 4.9 per person
  • $ 3.3 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 498* (1876 MYR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 40 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 13 per person
  • $ 5.3 per person
  • $ 4.3 per person

Total budget:

$ 1181* (4438 MYR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 69 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 9.3 per person
  • $ 8.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 2018* (7574 MYR)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Malaysia in 2020

Cost of living: Malaysia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Malaysia in 2020 is essentially the same as in the United States (USA)

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Malaysia by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Malaysia compared to the national average.

Cities /Malaysia View Details
Kuala Lumpur 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kuala Lumpur
Malacca 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Malacca
Taiping 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Taiping
Kuching 0% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kuching
Kuantan 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kuantan
Ipoh 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ipoh
Pangkor island 8% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Pangkor island
Penang 14% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Penang
Kota Bharu 16% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kota Bharu

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Local prices in Malaysia by expense type

Malaysia: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Malaysia costs 51% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.6/person
($ 1.9 to $ 3.9)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 8/person
($ 5.4 to $ 12)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.9/person
($ 3.2 to $ 3.9)

51% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.9 for 500ml
($ 2.6 to $ 5.4)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 4.5)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.7/cup
($ 1.9 to $ 3.7)

37% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.5 to $ 1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Malaysia: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Malaysia costs 66% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 23/night
($ 18 to $ 28)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 30/night
($ 18 to $ 52)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 49/night
($ 28 to $ 82)

72% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 181
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 89/night
($ 59 to $ 133)

66% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 210/night
($ 144 to $ 303)

58% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 508
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 22/month
($ 17 to $ 28)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 133
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 73/month
($ 51 to $ 115)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 170
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 73/month
($ 45 to $ 122)

56% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 168
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 52/month
($ 32 to $ 78)

77% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 224
Family room
Family room
$ 104/month
($ 58 to $ 180)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 176

Malaysia: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Malaysia costs 42% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.8/litre
($ 1.3 to $ 2.2)

98% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.8/500g
($ 0.7 to $ 1.1)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.9)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.2
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.3/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 1.7)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Cheese
Cheese
$ 12/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 26)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.1/kg
($ 2 to $ 4.8)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.2
Apples
Apples
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.9)

46% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.4/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 3.5)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 1.9)

73% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

70% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 0.8/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

49% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.2 to $ 0.8)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 7.2/kg
($ 3.5 to $ 12)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13

Malaysia: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Malaysia costs 56% less than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.8/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 28/month
($ 17 to $ 28)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 77
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.4 to $ 0.8)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.6/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 0.7)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.8
($ 0.8 to $ 1.3)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 28/24hrs
($ 16 to $ 108)

30% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Malaysia: Budget for living and housing

On average, the cost of housing in Malaysia costs 60% less than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 51/month
($ 28 to $ 81)

69% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

45% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 35/month
($ 24 to $ 53)

50% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 70
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 398/month
($ 187 to $ 692)

71% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1408
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 242/month
($ 107 to $ 400)

78% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1124
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 722/month
($ 400 to $ 1197)

68% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2272
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 441/month
($ 267 to $ 719)

75% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1782
Gym
Gym
$ 41/month
($ 26 to $ 54)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 164/month
($ 81 to $ 320)

83% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 981
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 6047/yr
($ 3190 to $ 10628)

65% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17402

Malaysia: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Malaysia costs 65% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 4.3/ticket
($ 3.5 to $ 5.4)

67% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 5.9/hr
($ 2.6 to $ 14)

63% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Malaysia: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Malaysia costs 17% less than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.7/pack
($ 4.5 to $ 5)

43% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.1
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 60
($ 30 to $ 87)

27% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 30
($ 16 to $ 54)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 73
($ 49 to $ 107)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 67
($ 41 to $ 107)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Kuala Lumpur
Manchester → Kuala Lumpur
Manchester → Kuala Lumpur
$ 787
(fair price: $ 703)
London → Kuala Lumpur
London → Kuala Lumpur
London → Kuala Lumpur
$ 772
(fair price: $ 643)
Dublin → Kuala Lumpur
Dublin → Kuala Lumpur
Dublin → Kuala Lumpur
$ 793
(fair price: $ 714)
New York City → Kuala Lumpur
New York City → Kuala Lumpur
New York City → Kuala Lumpur
$ 923
(fair price: $ 774)
Los Angeles → Kuala Lumpur
Los Angeles  → Kuala Lumpur
Los Angeles  → Kuala Lumpur
$ 888
(fair price: $ 689)
Edinburgh → Kuala Lumpur
Edinburgh → Kuala Lumpur
Edinburgh → Kuala Lumpur
$ 829
(fair price: $ 752)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kuala Lumpur
Toronto (Ontario) → Kuala Lumpur
Toronto (Ontario) → Kuala Lumpur
$ 1424
(fair price: $ 952)
Auckland → Kuala Lumpur
Auckland → Kuala Lumpur
Auckland → Kuala Lumpur
$ 903
(fair price: $ 754)
Montreal → Kuala Lumpur
Montreal → Kuala Lumpur
Montreal → Kuala Lumpur
$ 1243
(fair price: $ 1066)
Sydney → Kuala Lumpur
Sydney → Kuala Lumpur
Sydney → Kuala Lumpur
$ 619
(fair price: $ 498)
Melbourne → Kuala Lumpur
Melbourne → Kuala Lumpur
Melbourne → Kuala Lumpur
$ 536
(fair price: $ 462)
Perth → Kuala Lumpur
Perth → Kuala Lumpur
Perth → Kuala Lumpur
$ 471
(fair price: $ 384)

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About the information on the cost of living in Malaysia

The information about the cost of living in Malaysia shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Malaysia updated on 19-01-2020.

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