Austin vs Bucharest vs Istanbul

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 1,830,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Romanian Turkish
Level of English Very high High Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - October April - June, September and October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1461 $803
Rent $1650 $665 $432
Groceries $243 $123 $54
Dining out $396 $178 $99
Cafe $66 $41 $22
Coworking space $331 $144 $60
Mobile internet $40 $8 $4
Public transportation $110 $23 $8
Taxis $73 $10 $7
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $27 $3
Sport and cultural events $54 $31 $13
Museums and sights $11 $32 $18
Nightlife $124 $49 $26
Gym $62 $33 $11
Yoga $139 $64 $28
Massage $89 $34 $18
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Orange Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Star Taxi, Uber BiTaksi
Tap water 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. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow