All government departments including postal services are open from 8.00 am to 4.30 pm, Mondays to Fridays. Bank transactions can be conducted between 9.45 am and 4.00 pm, Mondays to Fridays.


The currency in Malaysia is the Ringgit and Sen. The Ringgit is the only legal tender in the country. Credit cards are widely accepted in Malaysia and can be used at most restaurants, supermarkets, department stores etc. usually for purchases above RM50.


Public transportation is widely available.

Light Rail Transit (LRT)

The city of KL and its immediate suburbs are accessible by LRT. Two (2) main lines service the city and its immediate suburbs. They are the STAR and PUTRA lines. There are feeder buses to and from the LRT stations.


A monorail runs through the city connecting KL Sentral to Titiwangsa and passing through the main shopping centres of Imbi and Bukit Bintang.

KTM Commuter

The commuter train -network covers 40 stations. The KTM Commuter is a very popular choice among the public to commute to and from work. It is fast, efficient and frequent - the perfect way for suburban travel without having to battle with the city’s notorious traffic jams. In addition, business centers and shopping complexes are also located within the vicinity of the major stations.

Express Rail Line (ERL)

It runs from the KL Sentral Station in Kuala Lumpur to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The fare is RM35 for a one way ride.


Taxi stands are often found beside bus stops. The fare flags off at RM3 on boarding. It is easy to get a taxi in the city. Most of the city public taxis are red and white, yellow or green in colour. If you take a taxi between midnight and 6 am, there is a 50% surcharge on the fare. There is a special limousine service to and from KLIA that has a definite fare structure depending on your destination. The charges are double after midnight.

Public Buses

The main bus service companies in the city are Intrakota, Rapid KL and Cityliner. Most of the buses are air-conditioned. Their routes cover the Klang Valley, encompassing the city center and its surrounding areas. It is easy to get buses in the city as they stop at all bus stops along their routes.


Celcom, Digi and Maxis offer cellular telephone service both on pre-paid and post-paid basis. Rates are competitive, so shop around to see who offers the best rates for the kind of service you need.


The cost for doing laundry is RM5 for up to 2.5kg. If you want clothes cleaned and pressed, it may cost up to RM1 per item. Dry cleaning costs vary between RM5 and RM15 per item depending on the type of garment.


Generally, all major stores open from 10am to 10pm. There are many malls and stores located in Kuala Lumpur. Some of the more popular ones include Lot 10, KL Plaza, Bukit Bintang Plaza, Sungai Wang Plaza, Starhill Centre, KLCC, Subang Parade and the Mid Valley Megamall.

Most items available in the big stores are also available at the night markets where prices are negotiable.

For daily shopping needs, hypermarkets like AeonBig, TESCO and Giant are ideal. If you do not live near these places, all residential areas have neighbourhood stores which stock daily essential items.

The night market, which operates in major residential areas, is the best place to buy fruits and vegetables. Items like clothes, plants, meat and fish and cooked local food to eat on the spot are also available.


The cost of living in is considered cheap compared to other countries. For comparison and estimation, you can refer to the table below which shows the costs of living in Malaysia with MYR and USD per month (USD1.00 = MYR3.00), but it will surely depends on the needs of each individual. If a student shares the housing accommodation and facilities with 2 or 3 other students than the costs of living would be lower.

No. Category MYR/Month
1 House Rental (Normal 2 rooms apartment) MYR600.00
2 Electricity Bill (Normal Usage) MYR 60.00
3 Water Bill MYR 20.00
4 Highspeed Broadband (Landline) MYR 150.00
5 Mobile Broadband From MYR 50.00
6 Mobile Phone Line From MYR 50.00
7 Foods & Beverages (per month) MYR 450.00
8 Cable TV (per month) From MYR 40.00
9 Public Transportation MYR 300.00


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