Austin vs Bucharest vs Hanoi vs Lisbon

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 926,426 1,830,000 8,053,663 517,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Romanian Vietnamese Portuguese
Level of English Very high High Moderate Very high
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - October January, February, October - December March - May, September, October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1462 $1199 $2147
Rent $1650 $665 $517 $1045
Groceries $243 $123 $156 $147
Dining out $396 $178 $137 $294
Cafe $66 $41 $40 $40
Coworking space $331 $144 $74 $177
Mobile internet $40 $8 $4 $26
Public transportation $110 $23 $20 $68
Taxis $73 $10 $14 $29
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $27 $0 $19
Sport and cultural events $54 $31 $3 $32
Museums and sights $11 $32 $4 $26
Nightlife $124 $49 $91 $51
Gym $62 $33 $59 $70
Yoga $139 $64 $59 $70
Massage $89 $34 $21 $54
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Orange Viettel, Mobifone Vodafone
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 Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Star Taxi, Uber Grab, GoViet Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not 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. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. A mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads 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 Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 104 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow