Budget trip to Malaysia
Malaysia travel cost
Accommodation – Hostel dorm costs range between 25-50 MYR ($6-12 USD) per night, with larger cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Georgetown being on the higher end of that spectrum. A private dorm room will cost around 75 MYR ($18 USD) per night. Free WiFi and free breakfast are common, although most hostels don't have kitchens if you want to cook your own food.
Budget hotels with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and free breakfast start at around 75 MYR ($18 USD) per night and are pretty consistent throughout Malaysia. For a three-star hotel, expect to pay around 200 MYR ($49 USD) per night, everywhere.
Airbnb is also available across the country, with shared accommodations starting at around 50 MYR ($12 USD) per night, while a private room starts at 167 MYR ($40 USD). For an entire house or apartment, expect to pay around 250 MYR ($60 USD) per night.
Food – Street food (such as stuffed pancakes, skewers and noodle soup bowls) is the cheapest and most delicious way to eat in Malaysia, with each dish only costing between 5 MYR ($1 USD) to 15 MYR ($4 USD) Will be
You can expect to pay 10-20 MYR ($2.45-5 USD) for a meal at a Malaysian restaurant, which includes nasi lemak (steamed rice with coconut milk and pandan leaves) and rojak (sliced fruit) and flour). Simple dishes like fried noodles or a bowl of soup cost no more than 13 MYR ($3 USD) each. Traditional drinks, such as teh tarik (black tea with condensed milk), should not exceed 3 MYR ($0.70 USD).
Fast food (think McDonald's) will cost around 14 MYR ($3.40 USD) for a combo meal, but other Western meals can double or triple that. Pizza and burgers can cost up to 50 MYR ($12 USD).
Beer will cost less than 15 MYR ($4 USD), and a week's worth of groceries will cost between 90-150 MYR ($22-36 USD). Stick to local foods, as Western specialties like wine and cheese will destroy your grocery budget.
Tips to Save Money
A little goes a long way in Malaysia, but it's still easy to overdo your budget. Here are some ways to save money in Malaysia:
Taxis – Taxis are usually not metered in Malaysia, so be sure to agree on a fare before setting out.
Camping – It is possible to camp in Taman Negara to save on accommodation costs – expect to pay around 5 MYR ($1.20 USD) per night.
Eat Street Food – Street Stalls is the place to go for delicious hawker food and it costs just a few bucks. In my opinion, this is the best food in the country - and the cheapest!
Do not drink alcohol - Malaysia being a Muslim country, it is very much like to drink alcohol but it does happen. However, to ban it, the authorities have made drinking too expensive. Save your drinking for countries like Thailand, where wine flows more freely and is better on a budget.
Take a free walking tour - A free walking tour with Aerotour is a great way to see Kuala Lumpur. Not only will you get to see the sights, but you will also learn about the history and culture. Win-win!
Traveling in the Off Season – Traveling during the monsoon season (late November to mid-February) is an easy way to save money on flights and accommodation. Everything is cheap, with significantly fewer visitors. To avoid the worst rain, skip the east coast.
Use Grab - Grab is like Uber and is often cheaper than both taxis and tuk-tuks (especially if you're riding from the airport in Kuala Lumpur).
Escaping the City - Most of the popular areas of Kuala Lumpur are designed for tourists and can be expensive. Skip the crowds and go somewhere like Pataling Jaya, a small nearby town that has all the benefits of KL, with none of the downsides.
How to get around Malaysia
Public Transport - Most cities and towns in Malaysia have excellent public transport, especially Kuala Lumpur with its buses, light rail, commuter rail and monorail connecting every part of the city. As a passenger, try to use the free GO KL City Bus. It is a free service that covers most of the tourist hotspots like Bukit Bintang and Chinatown. Otherwise, you will likely be using Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), as it passes through the city center and connects with other public transport. The cost of a ride is between 1.10-4.60 MYR ($0.25-1.50 USD). If you plan on using public transportation mostly, choose a Touch 'n Go (TNG) card to use on all modes of public transportation.
Other cities such as George Town (Penang) are full of city buses that also run across the island. Komtar Complex and Weld Quay Jetty are the two primary bus stations. You will need to tell your driver where you are going, but a typical one-way fare is between 1.35-6.85 MYR ($0.33-1.66 USD). There are also free buses that will take you to important places in the city. Just look for buses labeled with MPPP.
Trishaws are cycling and will also take you around different cities in Malaysia. Negotiate your fare in advance, but an hour of sightseeing should cost no more than 41 MYR ($10 USD).
Taxis can be expensive as the fare is charged per person and you will be charged four fares if you can't find someone to share! Within Kuala Lumpur, many taxis do not have working meters. In this case, agree on an upfront price.
Bus - Buses are an easy and efficient way to get around Malaysia. Expect to pay around 5-15 MYR ($1-4 USD) per hour on a bus trip. Large bus companies include:
Aeroline and Super Nice are high-end services that come with air conditioning and sometimes food service, but they are still affordable. A bus from Penang to Kuala Lumpur will cost around 50 MYR ($12 USD), while a bus from Kuala Lumpur to Cameron Highlands costs around 33 MYR ($8 USD).
Air – The two major domestic airlines in Malaysia are Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia. Kuala Lumpur airports receive the most flight traffic, followed by Kota Kinabalu and Penang. There are also several smaller airports across the country.
A flight from Penang to Kuala Lumpur can be found for as little as 100 MYR ($24 USD), while a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok is around 300 MYR ($73 USD). The cost of flights between Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu is around 190 MYR ($46 USD).
Train - Mainland Malaysia has 1,149 miles (1,849 km) of rail, with the main line connecting Singapore via Kuala Lumpur to Thailand. There are two types of services: express trains, which are air-conditioned and have three different classes; and local trains, which usually have only economy class and are much slower than express trains.
You can use the KTMB.com.my website to view the schedule and book tickets. A train from Kuala Lumpur to Butterworth (where you'll catch the ferry to Penang) costs around 80 MYR ($19 USD), while from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok will cost around 175 MYR ($42 USD).
In East Malaysia, there is a round-trip sightseeing train that runs from Kota Kinabalu to Papar, with a stop at Kinarut. The North Borneo Railway runs the entire journey, and takes four hours. The cost is 358.50 MYR ($87 USD), which includes breakfast and lunch.
Hitchhikers - It is common for people to be hitchhikers in Malaysia, and the locals will be eager to get to know you. HitchWiki has a lot of information about hitchhikers in Malaysia.
when to go to malaysia
Malaysia's two peak seasons are from early December to late January and again from June to mid-September. The first tourist peak season may fall in the same time frame as Hari Raya Pusa, which celebrates the end of Ramadan. Watch ahead to see when this happens, as Malaysia's Muslim population celebrates by taking the week off. Your travel may be interrupted due to the closure of business.
The northeast monsoon arrives from late November to mid-February, influencing most of the eastern coast with heavy rainfall. September and October are the wettest months on the west coast, with occasional hours of torrential rain. This is also true in mountainous regions such as the Cameron Highlands.
Overall the best time to visit is March to early November when it is drier and less humid, but visiting right after the rainy season is also not a bad idea. It is still warm, but the countryside is lush and full of waterfalls, and tourist traffic is still not overly busy.
The temperature does not fluctuate much throughout the country. The daily average is 73–90 °F (22–32 °C), while the temperature average in the mountainous resort area is 67 °F (21 °C) per day. The humidity remains high throughout the year.