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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: RM30–50
  • Hawker stalls and food courts for meals: RM5–10
  • Public transport: RM5–10
  • Double room in a comfortable hotel: RM100–400
  • Two-course meal in a neighbourhood restaurant: RM40–60
  • Guided tour: RM250
Top end (more than)
  • Luxury double room: RM450–1000
  • Meal in top restaurant plus bottle of wine: RM200

ATMs widely available; credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.


Tipping is not generally expected, but leaving a small contribution for exceptional service in a cafe or restaurant is appreciated.

  • Restaurants Many restaurants in KL add a service charge of around 10% onto the bill.

  • Hotels Tipping is most common for services in top-end hotels.