Austin vs Barcelona vs Bucharest vs Lisbon

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 926,426 5,585,556 1,830,000 517,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Catalan, Spanish Romanian Portuguese
Level of English Very high High High Very high
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September - November April - October March - May, September, October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa No Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $2580 $1462 $2147
Rent $1650 $1009 $665 $1045
Groceries $243 $131 $123 $147
Dining out $396 $436 $178 $294
Cafe $66 $49 $41 $40
Coworking space $331 $230 $144 $177
Mobile internet $40 $11 $8 $26
Public transportation $110 $138 $23 $68
Taxis $73 $52 $10 $29
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $26 $27 $19
Sport and cultural events $54 $88 $31 $32
Museums and sights $11 $36 $32 $26
Nightlife $124 $121 $49 $51
Gym $62 $88 $33 $70
Yoga $139 $101 $64 $70
Massage $89 $64 $34 $54
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Movistar Vodafone, Orange Vodafone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5-10% in restaurants if service is exceptional, not expected elsewhere 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Cabify, FreeNow Star Taxi, Uber Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not 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. Catalan cuisine makes extensive use of Mediterranean vegetables, legumes mixed with pork in its many varieties, chicken and fish. Regularly mixes sweet and savory flavors in specific dishes. This cuisine is known for being bold in flavor and striking in color, with a variety of specific regional dishes found the culinary hub that is Barcelona. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Paella, bombas, esqueixada, pa amb tomรกquet, escalivada, crema Catalana, gazpacho, chorizo Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi 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 Taverns, tapas bars, local markets, bodegas and street food spots Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 98 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow