A Travel Price Comparison for Malaysia Melaka vs. Kuala Lumpur for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Melaka or Kuala Lumpur?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Melaka or Kuala Lumpur, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Melaka or Kuala Lumpur?

Melaka

Melaka (or Malacca) is a large city on the western coast of Malaysia about half way between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. This historical city grew up as a result of trading in the region due to its position on the namesake Straights of Malacca, a natural waterway formed from the peninsula of Malaysia and the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Malaysia, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Malaysia, The Best 10-Day Tours in Malaysia, and The Best 2-Week Tours in Malaysia.


Which place is cheaper, Kuala Lumpur or Melaka?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Melaka is $21, while the average daily cost in Kuala Lumpur is $63. 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 destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Melaka and Kuala Lumpur in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Melaka $8.48
    Kuala Lumpur $37
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Melaka $17
    Kuala Lumpur $74
Compare Hotels in Melaka and Kuala Lumpur

Looking for a hotel in Melaka or Kuala Lumpur? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Melaka


Hotels in Kuala Lumpur


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Melaka Hotel Prices and Kuala Lumpur Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Melaka $1.86
    Kuala Lumpur $6.48
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Melaka

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Melaka are as follows:


  • Taxi
    $4.24
  • Bus Ride
    $0.32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Melaka

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

  • ~Chauffeur: Malacca to Kuantan Transfer [Van]: $78
  • ~Chauffeur: Malacca to Kuantan Transfer [MPV]: $271
  • Private Transfer from Malacca Cruise Port to Subang Jaya city: $65
  • Private Transfer from Malacca Cruise Port to Kuala Lumpur Hotels: $72
  • Private Transfer from Malacca Cruise Port to Johor Bahru city: $49
  • Melaka Hotels to Kuala Lumpur Hotels 1-way Transfer: $50
  • Malacca Hotels to Kuala Lumpur International Airport Departure Transfer: $52
  • Malacca City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur Hotels 1-way Transfer: $43
  • Malacca City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur City Hotels 1-way Transfer: $50
  • Malacca City Hotels to Kuala Lumpur Airport 1-way Transfer: $43
  • Local Transfer: Kuala Tembeling Jetty (Taman Negara) to Kuala Lumpur City Hotels: $72
  • Chauffeur: Malacca to Taman Negara Transfer [Van]: $79

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Kuala Lumpur

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


  • Taxi Ride
    $3.18
  • Metro Ride (for Two)
    $0.68
  • Short Taxi Ride
    $3.18
  • Taxi From Airport
    $19
  • Bus from Airport
    $1.70
  • Train & Boat to Pulau Ketam
    $2.54

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Kuala Lumpur

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

  • *Chauffeur: Kuala Lumpur to Singapore Car Transfer: $271
  • Arrival Transfer from KLIA/KLIA2 to Singapore: $270
  • Arrival Transfer from KLIA/KLIA2 to Penang: $270
  • Cameron Highlands One Way Transfer: $259
  • Chauffeur: Kuala Lumpur to Penang Island Transfer [Car]: $253
  • Chauffeur: Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Besut Transfer [Car]: $253
  • Chauffeur: Port Dickson to Singapore Car Transfer: $243
  • Chauffeur: KLIA to Singapore Car Transfer: $237
  • KUL Hotel to Penang(One Way Transfer): $237
  • Arrival Transfer from KLIA/KLIA2 to Johor Bharu: $237
  • Cameron Highlands Transfer Private (Per Vehicle): $230
  • Marina Island Jetty/ Lumut Jetty Transfer From/To KLIA or Kuala Lumpur: $230

Is it cheaper to fly into Melaka or Kuala Lumpur?

Prices for flights to both Kuala Lumpur and Melaka 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
    Melaka $10
    Kuala Lumpur $15
Typical Food Prices in Melaka

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Melaka:


  • Sitdown Lunch (for Two)
    $6.36
  • Dinner at the Market (for Two)
    $2.75
  • Asam Pedas (Fish Curry)
    $1.27
  • Taiwanese Noodle Soup
    $1.06
  • Sitdown Dinner (for Two)
    $6.78

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
    $8.48
  • Roti Bread
    $0.21
  • Food Court Lunch
    $3.05
  • Dinner at Indian Restaurant (for Two)
    $4.56

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:

  • ARAS Restaurant at KL Tower Buffet Dinner: $29
  • Nightlife Street Food Tour with 6 Tastings: $41
  • Sambal Streets Kuala Lumpur Food Tour with 15+ Tastings: $49
  • Street Food Tour with 15+ Tastings: $49
  • Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Cultural Night Experience with Buffet Dinner : $53
  • From Kuala Selangor Fireflies Tour with Dinner: $54
  • Best Local Food Tour by Night at Kuala Lumpur : $55
  • Cultural Night Tour with Dinner: $55
  • Malaysia Cooking Classes: $60
  • Spiritual Healing and Authentic Cooking with Local Host: $61
  • Kuala Lumpur by Night and Malaysian Food Tour: $62
  • Petaling Street Heritage Food Tour: $63

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Melaka $3.59
    Kuala Lumpur $14
Typical Entertainment Prices in Melaka

For Melaka, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Maritime Museum Entrance
    $0.64
  • Taming Sari Revolving Tower Entrance
    $4.24
  • Trishaw Tour (One Hour)
    $9.53
  • Baba and Nyonya Peranakan Museum Entrance
    $2.12
  • Melaka Zoo Entrance
    $1.48
  • Low Cost Kite
    $0.64
  • Malacca Duck Tour
    $8.48
  • Melaka River Cruise (One Hour)
    $2.12

Tours and Activities in Melaka

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Melaka.

  • *13 Hrs Best of Melaka Full Day Flexible Van Tour w' Tour Guide: $80
  • Full Day Private Shore Tour in Kuala Lumpur from Malacca Port: $295
  • Luxury Full Day Tour to Saqqara, Pyramids: $21
  • Malacca City Hotels To Kuala Lumpur City Hotels En-route Putrajaya Tour: $49
  • Malacca City To Kuala Lumpur City EN-ROUTE Putrajaya City Tour: $61
  • Malacca Illusion 3D Art Museum Admission Tickets: $19
  • Malacca Instagram Tour: Top Spots (Private & All-Inclusive): $219
  • Malacca Shore Excursion from Cruise Port with Local Guide & Lunch: $222
  • Malacca Shore Excursion with Tour Guide & Baba Nyonya Lunch: $222
  • Malacca To Kuala Lumpur EN-ROUTE Putrajaya City Tour: $61
  • Melaka Upside Down House Admission Tickets: $4.49
  • Melaka Upside Down House Admission Tickets: $12

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)
    $9.53
  • Canopy Walk at FRIM Forest Reserve
    $1.06

Tours and Activities in Kuala Lumpur

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

  • Batu Caves And Countryside Tour: $24
  • Full Day Kuala Lumpur City Tour with Petronas Twin Tower Tickets: $95
  • Full Day Melaka Tour with The Shore Sky Tower 43rd Floor - Unesco Heritage: $190
  • Half Day Kuala Lumpur Culture And Communities Exploration Tour: $30
  • Half-day Kuala Lumpur City Tour: $19
  • KL Tour with Petronas Twin Towers Observation Deck & Batu Cave: $145
  • Kanching Waterfall Tour with Batu Caves Stopover: $52
  • Kuala Lumpur (Genting Highlands 7.5 hours Private Tour): $69
  • Kuala Lumpur Full Day City & Shopping Tour with Lunch (PRIVATE TOUR): $77
  • Shah Alam Islamic Arts and Culture Tours : $31
  • *10 Hrs Kuala Lumpur Flexible Van Tour w' Tour Guide: $91
  • *12 Hrs Kuala Lumpur Van Tour from Port Dickson w' Tour Guide: $91

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Melaka $7.35
    Kuala Lumpur $6.28

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
    $9.53


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Melaka and Kuala Lumpur, we can see that Kuala Lumpur is more expensive. And not only is Melaka much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Melaka would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Melaka 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 Kuala Lumpur would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Kuala Lumpur than you might in Melaka.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Melaka Expensive? and Is Kuala Lumpur Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Melaka or Kuala Lumpur?

Kuala Lumpur has a larger population, and is about 8 times larger than the population of Melaka. When comparing the sizes of Melaka and Kuala Lumpur, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.