Austin vs Bucharest vs Madrid

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 926,426 1,830,000 6,578,0179
Official language(s) English (de facto) Romanian Spanish
Level of English Very high High Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - October March - May, September - November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1461 $2703
Rent $1650 $665 $1271
Groceries $243 $123 $190
Dining out $396 $178 $339
Cafe $66 $41 $55
Coworking space $331 $144 $212
Mobile internet $40 $8 $11
Public transportation $110 $23 $85
Taxis $73 $10 $47
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $27 $53
Sport and cultural events $54 $31 $59
Museums and sights $11 $32 $21
Nightlife $124 $49 $89
Gym $62 $33 $47
Yoga $139 $64 $154
Massage $89 $34 $69
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Orange Orange, Movistar, 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 customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water 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. Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros!
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow