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Malaysian ringgit (RM)
Bahasa Malaysia (Malay), English, Chinese dialects, Tamil

Money and costs

Ringgits (RM)
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Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated September 01, 2019 5:08AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: RM25–50
  • Hawker centres and food-court meals: RM5–10
  • Local buses/metro: RM1–3
  • Double room at midrange hotel: RM100–400
  • Two-course meal at midrange restaurant: RM40–60
  • Cocktails at decent bar: RM30–40
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury double room: RM450–1000
  • Meal at top restaurant: RM200–500
  • Three-day diving course: RM800–1000


Nationals of most countries are given a 30- or 60-day visa on arrival.

Get the latest visa advice for Malaysia from our community.

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Getting to Malaysia

The main requirements for entering Malaysia are a passport that’s valid for travel for at least six months, proof of an onward ticket and adequate funds for your stay, although you will rarely be asked to prove this.

Flights, tours and travel insurance can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Malaysia

Transport in Malaysia is reasonably priced and reliable. For timetables use Check My Bus (www.checkmybus.com/malaysia) for buses and www.ktmb.com.my for trains.

Bus There's hardly anywhere you can't get by bus in Malaysia.

Train Malaysia's trains are generally slower than than the bus and a far less extensive network. That said, they are still useful for access to remote locations and the newer speedy electric train service (ETS) along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is worth considering.

Car Malaysia's roads are generally in good order, especially its highways. It's a good idea to hire a car to explore the country's hinterland, but avoid driving around Kuala Lumpur yourself.

Air Domestic flights connect up major cities, towns and islands.

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