Austin vs Barcelona vs Bucharest vs Rio de Janeiro

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Barcelona ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 5,585,556 1,830,000 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) Catalan, Spanish Romanian Portuguese
Level of English Very high High High Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - June, September - November April - October January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost evewhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2580 $1462 $1721
Rent $1650 $1009 $665 $1001
Groceries $243 $131 $123 $89
Dining out $396 $436 $178 $197
Cafe $66 $49 $41 $23
Coworking space $331 $230 $144 $122
Mobile internet $40 $11 $8 $7
Public transportation $110 $138 $23 $31
Taxis $73 $52 $10 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $26 $27 $15
Sport and cultural events $54 $88 $31 $51
Museums and sights $11 $36 $32 $24
Nightlife $124 $121 $49 $51
Gym $62 $88 $33 $29
Yoga $139 $101 $64 $37
Massage $89 $64 $34 $30
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Movistar Vodafone, Orange Tim, Claro, Vivo
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 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Cabify, FreeNow Star Taxi, Uber Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
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 Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
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 The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 98 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow