Austin vs Bangkok vs Berlin vs Lisbon

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bangkok ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ
Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 926,426 5,680,000 3,400,000 517,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Thai German Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low Very high Very high
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) Berlin Tegel (TXL) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, November, December May - September March - May, September, October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) THB - Thai Baht (เธฟ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1560 $2200 $1984
Rent $1650 $616 $939 $965
Groceries $243 $191 $188 $136
Dining out $396 $168 $271 $271
Cafe $66 $45 $57 $37
Coworking space $331 $127 $174 $164
Mobile internet $40 $23 $23 $24
Public transportation $110 $32 $88 $63
Taxis $73 $19 $58 $27
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $17 $18
Sport and cultural events $54 $46 $64 $29
Museums and sights $11 $21 $37 $24
Nightlife $124 $50 $63 $47
Gym $62 $96 $66 $65
Yoga $139 $98 $99 $65
Massage $89 $11 $56 $50
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. AIS Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% for restaurants, bars and services Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab Mytaxi, Uber Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Meat and fish dishes, vegetables, noodles and soup Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pad thai, tom yam, kway teow reua, som tum, sooan Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Food stalls, local markets, shophouse restaurants Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 416 listings on Happy Cow 844 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow