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Money and costs

Ringgits (RM)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated February 18, 2019 4:35PM 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

ATMs widely available. Credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.


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

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

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