Bangladesh vs Malaysia - Cost of Living Comparison

Bangladesh Malaysia
🚶 Cost of living one person
$448
$574
👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Cost of living Family
$1088
$1393
🏠 One person rent
$154
$257
🏘️ Family rent
$276
$447
🍽️ Food expenses
$191
$218
🚐 Transport expenses
$60.4
$41.3
💳 Monthly salary after tax
$271
$804
💸 GDP per capita
$1962
$10412
😃 Human freedom index
5.75
7.17
❤️ Life expectancy
72.9
76.3
👮 Corruption perceptions index
26
48
🌐 English speaking %
12%
57.3%
🎓 Higher education
63
79
😀 Quality of life
49
58
🏙️ Population
166M
32.4M

The average cost of living in Bangladesh ($448) is 22% less expensive than in Malaysia ($574). Bangladesh ranked 185th vs 151st for Malaysia in the list of the most expensive countries in the world.

The average after-tax salary is enough to cover living expenses for 0.6 months in Bangladesh compared to 1.4 months in Malaysia. Ranked 95th and 59th best countries to live in the world.

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Prices in Bangladesh vs Malaysia

We calculate prices for Bangladesh and Malaysia as a population-weighted mean of 15 and 34 cities, respectively. Since large cities tend to have a higher cost of living, it's better to visit specific city pages below for more relevant information.

Bangladesh Malaysia
Eating Out
🍱 Lunch Menu
$2.04
$2.32
🥂 Dinner in a Restaurant, for 2
$12.5
$15.5
🥪 Fast food meal, equiv. McDonald's
$5.12
$3.49
🍻 Beer in a Pub, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$5.31
$3.83
 Cappuccino
$1.93
$2.48
🥤 Pepsi / Coke, 0.5 L or 16.9 fl oz
$0.29
$0.61
Rent & Utilities
🏙️ 1 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$114
$276
🏡 Cheap 1 bedroom apartment, 40 m2 or 430 ft2
$101
$182
🏙️ 3 bedroom apartment in Downtown, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$302
$547
🏡 Cheap 3 bedroom apartment, 80 m2 or 860 ft2
$189
$333
🔌 Utility Bill one person, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$26.1
$28.2
🔌 Utility Bill for a Family, electricity, heating, water, etc.
$39.8
$43.4
🌐 Internet plan, 50 Mbps+ 1 month unlimited
$24.2
$27.6
🏦 Mortgage Interest Rate for 20 Years
9.2%
4.01%
🏙️ Apartment price to Buy in city Center, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$988
$1701
🏡 House price to Buy in Suburbs, 1 m2 or 10 ft2
$517
$932
Transportation
🚌 Local transport ticket
$0.4
$0.66
🎟️ Monthly ticket local transport
$14.5
$22.4
🚕 Taxi Ride, 8 km or 5 mi
$4.33
$5.55
 Gas / Petrol, 1 L or 0.26 gal
$0.93
$0.47
Groceries
🥛 Milk, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.87
$1.53
🍞 Bread, 0.5 kg or 1.1 lb
$0.61
$0.78
🍚 Rice, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.61
$0.91
🥚 Eggs, x12
$1.21
$1.45
🧀 Cheese, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.95
$11.3
🐔 Chicken Breast, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$3.2
$3.81
🥩 Round Steak, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$6.96
$7.13
🍏 Apples, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$2.09
$2.09
🍌 Banana, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.97
$1.16
🍊 Oranges, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$1.97
$2.43
🍅 Tomato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.73
$1.18
🥔 Potato, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.28
$0.84
🧅 Onion, 1 kg or 2.2 lb
$0.56
$1.01
🌊 Water, 1 L or 1 qt
$0.2
$0.35
🍹 Coca-Cola / Pepsi, 2 L or 67.6 fl oz
$1.21
$0.9
🍾 Wine (mid-priced), 750 mL bottle
$8.65
$15.3
🍺 Beer, 0.5 L or 16 fl oz
$3.76
$2.34
🚬 Cigarette pack
$2.98
$3.99
💊 Cold medicince, 1 week
$3.02
$3.84
🧴 Hair Shampoo
$4.62
$3.37
🧻 Toilet paper, 4 rolls
$0.94
$1.41
👄 Toothpaste, 1 tube
$1.2
$1.51
Other
🏋️ Gym Membership, 1 month
$16.8
$29.4
🎫 Cinema Ticket, 1 person
$5.13
$3.4
👩‍⚕️ Doctor's visit
$10.1
$14.6
💇 Haircut, simple
$1.98
$5.69
👖 Brand Jeans
$23.1
$47.3
👟 Brand Sneakers
$50.6
$59.7
👶 Daycare or Preschool, 1 month
$59.9
$161
🏫 International Primary School, 1 year
$1568
$5835

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Cities Comparison in Bangladesh vs Malaysia

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Cost of Living in Popular cities

In Bangladesh

City Cost of living Population
Dhaka
$484
16.8M
Chittagong
$414
2.58M
Khulna
$376
1.4M
Narayanganj
$382
1.57M
Sylhet
$333
480K
Barisal
$337
328K
Rajshahi
$303
448K
Bogra
$365
401K
Narsingdi
$297
185K
Rangpur
$355
294K
Jessore
$314
202K
Mymensingh
$343
258K
Cox's Bazar
$617
167K
Brahmanbaria
$335
268K
Saidpur
$373
127K

In Malaysia

City Cost of living Population
Kuala Lumpur
$694
1.98M
Shah Alam
$635
741K
Subang Jaya
$642
708K
Kuantan
$541
608K
Ipoh
$561
867K
George Town
$510
708K
Petaling Jaya
$625
639K
Johor Bahru
$575
798K
Malacca
$530
455K
Klang
$591
878K
Kota Kinabalu
$585
573K
Miri
$537
235K
Muar
$552
357K
Seremban
$547
420K
Kuala Terengganu
$416
255K
Chukai
$532
256K
Sibu
$545
248K
Teluk Intan
$533
233K
Kota Bharu
$460
491K
Sungai Petani
$526
545K
Kuching
$625
325K
Lahad Datu
$532
200K
Taiping
$552
245K
Kluang
$526
170K
Alor Setar
$508
217K
Batu Pahat
$527
140K
Butterworth
$518
108K
Bintulu
$535
114K
Cyberjaya
$450
102K
Sandakan
$468
396K