A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Kuala Lumpur vs. Sydney for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Kuala Lumpur or Sydney?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Kuala Lumpur or Sydney?

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur, often referred to as KL, is the cosmopolitan capital of Malaysia. It is also the largest city in the country, having grown out of a small Chinese mining village. Today Kuala Lumpur is a microcosm of the country of Malaysia. The population is split between the Malay, Chinese, and Indian cultures which you can see reflected in the city's neighborhoods, cuisine, and entertainment. It's also an incredibly affordable city, even if you're looking for the comforts of a five star hotel or a luxury restaurant. Prices are almost always a fraction of what you would pay in Europe or the United States.

Sydney

Sydney, known as the harbour city, is the most famous and frequently visited city in Australia. It is at the economical and cultural heart of the country, and is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. It's situated on the water with stunning views of the famous harbour throughout the city. It's most famous landmarks include the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. It is also very close wonderful beaches, parks, and nature.

Which city is cheaper, Sydney or Kuala Lumpur?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Kuala Lumpur is $48, while the average daily cost in Sydney is $135. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each city. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Kuala Lumpur and Sydney in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Kuala Lumpur $29
    Sydney $78
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Kuala Lumpur $58
    Sydney $156
Compare Hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Sydney

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Hotels in Kuala Lumpur


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Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Kuala Lumpur $4.97
    Sydney $12
Typical Local Transportation prices in Kuala Lumpur

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Kuala Lumpur are as follows:


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.28
  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    $0.70
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.28
  • Taxi From Airport
    $20
  • Bus from Airport
    $1.75
  • Train & Boat to Pulau Ketam
    $2.62

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kuala Lumpur

Also for Kuala Lumpur, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • AVANI Sepang Goldcoast Resort Hotel TO Kuala Lumpur Hotel Door to Door Transfer: $23
  • Airport Transfer: $11
  • Airport Transfer (hotel from KL/PJ/KLANG VALLEY area to KLIA/KLIA2): $28
  • Airport Transfer : Kuala Lumpur International Airport ( KLIA 1 / KLIA 2 ): $20
  • Airport Transfer From Kuala Lumpur to KLIA: $19
  • Airport Transfer KLIA to Kuala Lumpur and vice versa: $45
  • Airport Transfer Klia&Klia2 And City Tour: $200
  • Airport transfer: $26
  • Airport transfer from and to KLIA - KL or major city: $40
  • Airport transfer to Kuala Lumpur city: $50
  • Arrival Transfer: Kuala Lumpur Airport to Kuala Tembeling Jetty (Taman Negara): $79
  • Arrival Transfer: Kuala Lumpur Airport to Marina Island Jetty (Lumut): $79

Typical Local Transportation prices in Sydney

Here are some examples of typical transportation prices from actual travelers in Sydney:


  • Taxi Ride
    $13
  • Taxi to Airport
    $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Sydney

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Sydney:

  • Transfer in private vehicle from Sydney Downtown City to Airport: $55
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Sydney Airport to Sydney Downtown: $55
  • Transfer in private minivan from Sydney Airport to Sydney Downtown: $75
  • Transfer in private Minivan from Sydney City Downtown to Airport: $75
  • Transfer from Sydney Airport to Sydney Central Business District - ROUND TRIP: $176
  • Private Transfer to or from Sydney Airport: $61
  • Premium Airport Transfer with Meet and Greet: $56
  • Airport to/from City Private Transfer: $74
  • Airport Shuttle Transfer to and from CBD Hotels: $18
  • Sydney's Best Chauffeured Airport Transfers: $50
  • Sydney to Sydney Airport (SYD) - Departure Private Transfer: $42
  • Sydney Transfer (Airport to Hotel in Sydney Central Business) ROUND-TRIP: $149

Is it cheaper to fly into Kuala Lumpur or Sydney?

Prices for flights to both Sydney and Kuala Lumpur change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Kuala Lumpur $9.75
    Sydney $36
Typical Food prices in Kuala Lumpur

For Kuala Lumpur, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:


  • Dinner at Ding Tai Fung
    $8.74
  • Roti Bread
    $0.22
  • Food Court Lunch
    $3.15
  • Dinner at Indian Restaurant (for Two)
    $4.70

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Kuala Lumpur

For Kuala Lumpur, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Amazing Local Food Tour in Kuala Lumpur: $29
  • Discover the Best Local Food Tour by Night in Kuala Lumpur: $39
  • Malaysian Ramadhan Buffet Dinner Cultural Show - nearby KLCC: $40
  • Small group epic food tour! Immerse yourself in the local culture too!: $44
  • Best Local Food Tour by Night at Kuala Lumpur: $45
  • Market Visit & Garden-to-Table Cooking Class: $47
  • Yummy Yummy Street Food Tour - Kuala Lumpur By Night (Guided With Transport): $53
  • Old Markets & Beyond: Kuala Lumpur Food Tour: $55
  • Cultural Night Tour with Dinner: $55
  • Kuala Lumpur Food Tour: $59
  • Chef-Designed Small-Group Food Tour: $60
  • Withlocals The 10 Tastings: Kuala Lumpur Private Street Food Tour: $61

Typical Food prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Sydney:


  • Tea
    $2.61
  • Lunch Special
    $9.79
  • Food/Drink Coogie Beach
    $9.79
  • Meat Pies
    $3.26

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Sydney

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Sydney.

  • Retro Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $59
  • Dinner Christmas Party! Nov&Dec: $62
  • Vivid Dinner Cruise Sydney Harbour: $63
  • Latino Dinner Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $67
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise with 3 or 6-Course Menu: $71
  • Valentine's Day Dinner Cruise with live Brazilian show on Sydney Harbour: $78
  • Sydney Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise: $78
  • Tall Ship Harbour Twilight Dinner Cruise: $79
  • Australia Day Dinner and Fireworks Cruise on Sydney Harbour: $103
  • Harbor Cruise with 3-Course Premium Dinner: $123
  • Sydney Harbour Dinner Cruise: $126
  • Sydney Harbour Gold Penfolds Dinner Cruise: $197

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Kuala Lumpur $11
    Sydney $25
Typical Entertainment prices in Kuala Lumpur

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Kuala Lumpur's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • KL Tower Admission (for Two)
    $9.83
  • Canopy Walk at FRIM Forest Reserve
    $1.09

Tours and Activities in Kuala Lumpur

For Kuala Lumpur, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Great Kuala Lumpur Tour with 21 Attractions: $5.00
  • Consultation Services for Your Tour Program: $5.00
  • City Highlights and Cultural Landmarks: An audio tour exploring KL's melting pot: $5.99
  • Skip the Line: Chocolate Factory Tour Ticket: $7.74
  • Skip the Line: KL Tower Mini Zoo Admission Ticket in Kuala Lumpur: $8.19
  • Laser Battle Experience in Kuala Lumpur: $8.30
  • Skip the Line: KL Tower Observation Deck Entry Ticket: $9.00
  • Kuala Lumpur City Tour: $9.43
  • KL Tower Admission Ticket: $9.49
  • KL Tower Admission Ticket: $9.72
  • KL Half Day City Tour SHARED: $10
  • Half Day City Tour-Xmas Special (25 Dec Only): $10

Typical Entertainment prices in Sydney

Here are a few typical costs in Sydney for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:


  • Theatre Show
    $29
  • Sydney Tower Visit (for 2)
    $30
  • Blue Mountain Tour/Featherdale Park (for 2)
    $124
  • Powerhouse Museum
    $9.82

Tours and Activities in Sydney

Here are a few actual costs in Sydney for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1 Hour Northern Beaches Trike Tour: $127
  • 10-Day Surf Adventure from Sydney to Brisbane Including Coffs Harbour, Byron Bay and Gold Coast: $2,371
  • 2 Hours Running Tour in Sydney: $170
  • 2-Day Hunter Valley Small-Group Tasting Tour: $420
  • 2hr Explorer Cruise - Sydney's best value whale watching cruise: $47
  • 3 Hour Discovery Cruise Ultimate Whale Watching Experience: $69
  • 3-Day Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley Small-Group Eco-Tour: $908
  • 3-Day Tour from Sydney to the Gold Coast Including Port Stephens and Byron Bay: $832
  • 3.5 Hours Explore Bondi Beach and Sydney Sightseeing Tour: $168
  • 4 Day Blue Mountains & the Southern Highlands Adventure: $1,367
  • 4-Hour Private Sydney Sightseeing Tour with Pickup: $427
  • 6 Hour South Coast Tour: $340

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Kuala Lumpur $5.18
    Sydney $12
Typical Alcohol prices in Kuala Lumpur

Some typical examples of the costs for nightlife and alcohol in Kuala Lumpur are as follows:


  • Bottle of Wine
    $9.83

Typical Alcohol prices in Sydney

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Sydney:


  • Wine
    $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Sydney

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Sydney:

  • Urban Winery Wine Tasting Tour with Cheese Platter: $61
  • Brewery, Winery, and Distillery Tasting Tour: $112
  • Northern Beaches Brewery Tour and Tasting: $123
  • Small-Group Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $130
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney with Lunch and 3 Cellar Door Tastings: $138
  • Hunter Valley Small Group Luxury Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $138
  • Sip n Savour: Southern Highlands Premium Wine Tour from Sydney: $154
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tour from Sydney: $157
  • Wine Tours Sydney - Southern Highlands Day Escape, Full Day Wine Tasting Tour: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Small Group: Cheese, Choc, Lunch, from Sydney+Hunter: $217
  • Hunter Valley Wine Tour from Sydney | Private Sydney Wine Tour: $356
  • Hunter Valley Highlights Private Wine Tour from Sydney: $387


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Kuala Lumpur and Sydney, we can see that Sydney is more expensive. And not only is Kuala Lumpur much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Kuala Lumpur is in Asia and Sydney is in Pacific, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Kuala Lumpur would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Kuala Lumpur and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Sydney would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Sydney than you might in Kuala Lumpur.


When is the best time to visit Kuala Lumpur or Sydney?

Sydney has a temperate climate with four distinct seasons, but Kuala Lumpur experiences a tropical climate with fairly warm weather most of the year.

Should I visit Kuala Lumpur or Sydney in the Summer?

Both Sydney and Kuala Lumpur during the summer are popular places to visit. Kuala Lumpur attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In July, Kuala Lumpur is generally a little warmer than Sydneyin January. Temperatures in Kuala Lumpur average around 28°C (82°F), and Sydney stays around 23°C (73°F).

In Sydney, it's very sunny this time of the year. It's quite sunny in Kuala Lumpur. In the summer, Kuala Lumpur often gets less sunshine than Sydneyin January. Kuala Lumpur gets 200 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 236 hours of full sun.

Sydney gets a good bit of rain this time of year. It rains a lot this time of the year in Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur usually gets more rain in July than Sydneyin January. Kuala Lumpur gets 150 mm (5.9 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 116 mm (4.6 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July and January
    Kuala Lumpur 28°C (82°F) 
    Sydney 23°C (73°F)

Should I visit Kuala Lumpur or Sydney in the Autumn?

The autumn attracts plenty of travelers to both Kuala Lumpur and Sydney. The warm tropical climate attracts visitors to Kuala Lumpur throughout the year.

Kuala Lumpur is a little warmer than Sydney in the autumn. The temperature in Kuala Lumpur is usually 27°C (81°F) in October, and Sydney stays around 19°C (65°F)in April.

Kuala Lumpur usually receives less sunshine than Sydney during autumn. At this time of the year, Kuala Lumpur gets 169 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 195 hours of full sun.

Sydney receives a lot of rain in the autumn. Kuala Lumpur gets a good bit of rain this time of year. In October, Kuala Lumpur usually receives more rain than Sydneyin April. At this time of the year, Kuala Lumpur gets 280 mm (11 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 120 mm (4.7 in) of rain.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October and April
    Kuala Lumpur 27°C (81°F) 
    Sydney 19°C (65°F)

Should I visit Kuala Lumpur or Sydney in the Winter?

The winter brings many poeple to Kuala Lumpur as well as Sydney. Plenty of visitors come to Kuala Lumpur because of the warm tropical climate that lasts throughout the year.

In the winter, Kuala Lumpur is much warmer than Sydney. Typically, the winter temperatures in Kuala Lumpur in January are around 27°C (81°F), and Sydney is about 12°C (53°F)in July.

The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Sydney. In the winter, Kuala Lumpur often gets less sunshine than Sydneyin July. Kuala Lumpur gets 185 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Sydney receives 208 hours of full sun.

Kuala Lumpur receives a lot of rain in the winter. Kuala Lumpur usually gets more rain in January than Sydneyin July. Kuala Lumpur gets 239 mm (9.4 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January and July
    Kuala Lumpur 27°C (81°F) 
    Sydney 12°C (53°F)

Should I visit Kuala Lumpur or Sydney in the Spring?

Both Sydney and Kuala Lumpur are popular destinations to visit in the spring with plenty of activities. Kuala Lumpur attracts visitors year-round for its warm weather and tropical climate.

In April, Kuala Lumpur is generally much warmer than Sydneyin October. Temperatures in Kuala Lumpur average around 28°C (82°F), and Sydney stays around 18°C (64°F).

It's quite sunny in Sydney. Kuala Lumpur usually receives less sunshine than Sydney during spring. At this time of the year, Kuala Lumpur gets 199 hours of sunny skies, while Sydney receives 240 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Kuala Lumpur. In April, Kuala Lumpur usually receives more rain than Sydneyin October. At this time of the year, Kuala Lumpur gets 240 mm (9.4 in) of rain, while Sydney receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April and October
    Kuala Lumpur 28°C (82°F) 
    Sydney 18°C (64°F)

Typical Weather for Sydney and Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur Sydney
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan 27°C (81°F) 239 mm (9.4 in) 23°C (73°F) 116 mm (4.6 in)
Feb 28°C (82°F) 200 mm (7.9 in) 23°C (73°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)
Mar 28°C (82°F) 260 mm (10.2 in) 21°C (70°F) 148 mm (5.8 in)
Apr 28°C (82°F) 240 mm (9.4 in) 19°C (65°F) 120 mm (4.7 in)
May 28°C (82°F) 190 mm (7.5 in) 15°C (60°F) 88 mm (3.5 in)
Jun 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 128 mm (5 in)
Jul 28°C (82°F) 150 mm (5.9 in) 12°C (53°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 28°C (82°F) 160 mm (6.3 in) 13°C (55°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Sep 27°C (81°F) 200 mm (7.9 in) 15°C (59°F) 60 mm (2.4 in)
Oct 27°C (81°F) 280 mm (11 in) 18°C (64°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 27°C (81°F) 290 mm (11.4 in) 20°C (67°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec 27°C (81°F) 250 mm (9.8 in) 22°C (71°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)


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