Austin vs Berlin vs Bucharest

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Population 926,426 3,400,000 1,830,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) German Romanian
Level of English Very high Very high High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Berlin Tegel (TXL) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November May - September April - October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) RON - Romanian Leu (L)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2381 $1461
Rent $1650 $1016 $665
Groceries $243 $203 $123
Dining out $396 $294 $178
Cafe $66 $62 $41
Coworking space $331 $189 $144
Mobile internet $40 $25 $8
Public transportation $110 $95 $23
Taxis $73 $63 $10
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $18 $27
Sport and cultural events $54 $69 $31
Museums and sights $11 $40 $32
Nightlife $124 $68 $49
Gym $62 $71 $33
Yoga $139 $107 $64
Massage $89 $61 $34
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Mytaxi, Uber Star Taxi, Uber
Tap water Drinkable 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. Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 844 listings on Happy Cow 33 listings on Happy Cow