Austin vs Bucharest vs Mexico City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 926,426 1,830,000 8,850,000
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) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - October March - May, October, November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $1462 $1779
Rent $1650 $665 $741
Groceries $243 $123 $268
Dining out $396 $178 $174
Cafe $66 $41 $47
Coworking space $331 $144 $152
Mobile internet $40 $8 $23
Public transportation $110 $23 $10
Taxis $73 $10 $8
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $27 $23
Sport and cultural events $54 $31 $77
Museums and sights $11 $32 $19
Nightlife $124 $49 $61
Gym $62 $33 $66
Yoga $139 $64 $62
Massage $89 $34 $48
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Orange Telcel, Movistar
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 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Star Taxi, Uber Uber
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. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow