Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is one of the most visited Southeast Asian cities. What travelers like about it is that, despite its modernity, it remains a culturally diverse city. And what makes it even better, travelers can maintain their Kuala Lumpur budget at the lowest because it is very affordable to travel there!

From skyscrapers and museums to shopping malls and heritage buildings, this city has everything for you! Don’t worry about the moolah! Trust us, you can explore Kuala Lumpur on a shoestring budget!

We’re here to help you plan your 2-day trip with Kuala Lumpur budget under $60! Read on to find out how!

Note: The expenses don’t include the airfare.

1. Transportation

a photo of a train in malaysia

With Kuala Lumpur’s  new Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) system, KTM Komuter Trains, Light Rail Transit, Kuala Lumpur Monorail as well as bus systems in place, smart travelers like yourself can look forward to an easy and affordable way of getting around. Get an all-day pass for just MYR 7! You can purchase one-time tickets or passes at KL Sentral and central LRT stations KLCC, Masjid Jamek and Dang Wangi. Don’t dwell too much on taxis as they are more expensive than public transportation. If you want to keep your Kuala Lumpur budget intact, brave the public transpo!

Expenses: MYR 25 ($5.74) for an all-day pass

2. Aku Café & Gallery

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Address: First Floor, 8 Jalan Panggong, Kuala Lumpur 50000
Opening Hours: Daily, 11am – 8pm (Closed on Mondays)
Prices: Start from MYR 4.90 ($1.13)

What better way to spend your day than to soak in the Arts & Culture scene of KL while enjoying some good coffee. Aku Café & Gallery is a quaint and contemporary space featuring both local and international exhibitions. You will be treated to an immersive and aesthetic visual experience while your taste buds are tantalized by the cafe’s delicious offering. Favorites include their hand-drip coffee (MYR 10)  or siphon-brewed coffee (MYR 13.00), paired perfectly with a slide of their signature coffee cake (MYR 8.90). Check our their Facebook page for more information on upcoming events and/or exhibitions. Feel free to explore the culture-rich area, featuring other charming streets full of cafes and bars!

3. Walking Tour of Brickfields

flowers hung at brickfields in kuala lumpur malaysia

Address: Jalan Travers to Jalan Tun Sambanthan, Brickfields, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Dates and Time Slots:
Every first and third Saturday of the month, 9.30am
2.5 hours
KL City Hall –  03 2617 6273

Expenses: FREE

If you’re a sucker of all things free, then take advantage of the FREE guided tour of Brickfields and explore the sights and sounds of an old neighborhood that used to produce bricks that now still line KL’s railway tracks. Kuala Lumpur City Hall runs a Little India at Brickfields Guided Walking Tour every first and third Saturday of the month starting at 9:30am in front of the YMCA. Anyone can join one of these free tours. With a hoard of prewar shop-houses, monuments, and art gallery and hidden dining gems, Brickfields is a treasure trove waiting to be explored! Don’t miss this if you want to explore Kuala Lumpur on budget!

4. Taman Connaught Night Market

Photo from Living Nomads

Address: Jalan Cerdas, Taman Connaught, Cheras, 56000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Every Wednesday, 5.30pm – 12 midnight
MYR 3 ($0.69) and up

Taman Connaught Night Market is a popular shopping street open every Wednesday night. The street features more than 700 stalls stretching over 2 kilometers! With delicious local and regional foods, a wide array of clothing, souvenirs and other items on sale, it’s no surprise that the market is a favorite among both locals and tourists. This is perfect for those who want to shop in Kuala Lumpur on budget!

5. Heli Lounge Bar

people having a chill night at heli lounge bar in kuala lumpur

Address: Bukit Bintang 34th Floor, Menara KH, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Opening Hours:
Monday to Wednesday, 5pm to 12 midnight; Thursday, 5pm – 2am; Friday, 5pm – 3am; Saturday, 5PM–3AM; Sunday, 6 – 11pm
MYR 18 ($4.13) and up

Feel the beat of KL while taking in a gorgeous panoramic night time view of the city. This not-so-secret space is a helipad by day and bar by night. With a flight-themed interior featuring airplane seats and waiters in pilot uniforms, the Heli Lounge Bar offers an experience not to be missed! The best part is that drinks are not going to cost you an arm or a leg. Cocktails are priced at a reasonable rate of MYR 18 with special deals on Thursdays at MYR 15 for ladies!

6. Kuala Lumpur budget hotels

interior of the zen rooms sakura boutique hotel
interior of the bed station zen rooms malaysia

Now that you’ve found a hoard of things to do in the city of KL, it’s time to think about where you’re going to retire to after a long day of exploration. Save on accommodation and you’ll have more to spend on the other experiences that will make your trip an enjoyable and unforgettable one. A comfortable, convenient and affordable abode is what you need for a weekend in KL. Our top picks include ZEN Rooms Sakura Boutique Hotel for only MYR 58.96 ($13.53) per night and The Bed Station for only MYR 20.34 ($4.67) per night.

Kuala Lumpur Budget Breakdown

Transportation MYR 25 ($5.74)
FoodMYR 43.58 ($10)
ShoppingMYR 87.16 ($20)
NightlifeMYR 43.58 ($10)
AccommodationMYR 20.34 ($4.67)
TotalMYR 219.66 ($50.41)

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TIZIANA TAN – Born in enigmatic Vietnam; raised in metropolitan Singapore. Still dreaming of beautiful beaches, clear waters and an endless supply of smoothie bowls.

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