Travel budget and cost of living in Malaysia how much does a trip cost?

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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.
  • $ 4.7 per person
  • $ 2.9 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 481* (1890 MYR)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 39 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 12 per person
  • $ 4.9 per person
  • $ 3.8 per person

Total budget:

$ 1114* (4354 MYR)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 65 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 20 per person
  • $ 9 per person
  • $ 7.6 per person

Total budget:

$ 1904* (7448 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 2019

Cost of living: Malaysia VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Malaysia in 2019 is 51% less than United States.

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Malaysia in 2019 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
Kota Bharu 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Kota Bharu
Kuala Lumpur 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kuala Lumpur
Taiping 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Taiping
Malacca 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Malacca
Kota Kinabalu 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Kota Kinabalu
Penang 1% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Penang
Pangkor island 22% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Pangkor island

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Local prices in Malaysia by expense type

Restaurant budget in Malaysia

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Malaysia costs 51% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 2.5/person
($ 1.8 to $ 3.8)

82% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 15
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 7.6/person
($ 5.1 to $ 12)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 3.3/person
($ 2.9 to $ 3.8)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Local beer
Local beer
$ 3.8 for 500ml
($ 2.5 to $ 5.1)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.9 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 3.8)

6% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.1
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 2.6/cup
($ 1.8 to $ 3.3)

39% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 0.6/can
($ 0.5 to $ 0.7)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.4/bottle
($ 0.2 to $ 0.5)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.5

Hotel and accommodation budget in Malaysia

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Malaysia costs 66% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 22/night
($ 17 to $ 26)

79% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 30/night
($ 18 to $ 49)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 47/night
($ 28 to $ 76)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 177
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 83/night
($ 57 to $ 124)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 259
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 202/night
($ 140 to $ 290)

59% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 502
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 27/month
($ 22 to $ 33)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 120
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 72/month
($ 49 to $ 116)

55% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 73/month
($ 45 to $ 124)

56% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 49/month
($ 29 to $ 77)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 213
Family room
Family room
$ 103/month
($ 59 to $ 174)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Malaysia

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

99% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 0.8/500g
($ 0.6 to $ 1.1)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 1/kg
($ 0.6 to $ 1.7)

75% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 1.3/12 eggs
($ 1.1 to $ 1.8)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 12/kg
($ 5.1 to $ 27)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 3.1/kg
($ 2 to $ 4.7)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9
Apples
Apples
$ 2.5/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 3.8)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.7
Oranges
Oranges
$ 2.3/kg
($ 1.3 to $ 3.3)

46% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 1.1/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 2)

73% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 0.8/kg
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.7
Salad
Salad
$ 1/salad
($ 0.5 to $ 1.3)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 0.6
($ 0.4 to $ 0.7)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 6.7/kg
($ 3.3 to $ 10.6)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Malaysia

On average, the price of transport in Malaysia costs 56% less than in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 0.7/ticket
($ 0.5 to $ 1.1)

68% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 27/month
($ 16 to $ 40)

65% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 0.5/km
($ 0.2 to $ 0.7)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 0.6/litre
($ 0.5 to $ 0.6)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 0.7
($ 0.7 to $ 1.3)

77% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 28/24hrs
($ 16 to $ 108)

30% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Malaysia

On average, the cost of housing in Malaysia costs 61% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 48/month
($ 26 to $ 78)

71% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.1/min.
($ 0 to $ 0.1)

44% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 38/month
($ 24 to $ 52)

45% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 67
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 378/month
($ 180 to $ 744)

72% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1352
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 229/month
($ 116 to $ 385)

78% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1066
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 676/month
($ 385 to $ 1281)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2210
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 410/month
($ 244 to $ 641)

76% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1725
Gym
Gym
$ 39/month
($ 24 to $ 52)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 144/month
($ 78 to $ 257)

84% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 944
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 5636/yr
($ 2561 to $ 12035)

69% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 18299

Leisure activity budget in Malaysia

On average, budget for leisure activities in Malaysia costs 65% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 3.8/ticket
($ 3.3 to $ 4.7)

70% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 6.2/hr
($ 2.5 to $ 13)

61% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 16

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Malaysia

On average, shopping budget in Malaysia costs 17% less than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 4.3/pack
($ 4.3 to $ 4.7)

41% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.5
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 61
($ 34 to $ 90)

30% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 28
($ 16 to $ 49)

28% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 38
Trainers
Trainers
$ 71
($ 52 to $ 103)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 79
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 66
($ 40 to $ 103)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Kuala Lumpur
Manchester → Kuala Lumpur
Manchester → Kuala Lumpur
$ 797
(fair price: $ 714)
London → Kuala Lumpur
London → Kuala Lumpur
London → Kuala Lumpur
$ 806
(fair price: $ 682)
Dublin → Kuala Lumpur
Dublin → Kuala Lumpur
Dublin → Kuala Lumpur
$ 794
(fair price: $ 721)
New York City → Kuala Lumpur
New York City → Kuala Lumpur
New York City → Kuala Lumpur
$ 929
(fair price: $ 799)
Los Angeles → Kuala Lumpur
Los Angeles  → Kuala Lumpur
Los Angeles  → Kuala Lumpur
$ 917
(fair price: $ 732)
Edinburgh → Kuala Lumpur
Edinburgh → Kuala Lumpur
Edinburgh → Kuala Lumpur
$ 850
(fair price: $ 775)
Toronto (Ontario) → Kuala Lumpur
Toronto (Ontario) → Kuala Lumpur
Toronto (Ontario) → Kuala Lumpur
$ 1528
(fair price: $ 940)
Montreal → Kuala Lumpur
Montreal → Kuala Lumpur
Montreal → Kuala Lumpur
$ 1206
(fair price: $ 1069)
Auckland → Kuala Lumpur
Auckland → Kuala Lumpur
Auckland → Kuala Lumpur
$ 918
(fair price: $ 759)
Sydney → Kuala Lumpur
Sydney → Kuala Lumpur
Sydney → Kuala Lumpur
$ 642
(fair price: $ 492)
Melbourne → Kuala Lumpur
Melbourne → Kuala Lumpur
Melbourne → Kuala Lumpur
$ 551
(fair price: $ 469)
Perth → Kuala Lumpur
Perth → Kuala Lumpur
Perth → Kuala Lumpur
$ 464
(fair price: $ 378)

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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 18-05-2019.

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