Austin vs Berlin vs Istanbul

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Population 926,426 3,400,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) German Turkish
Level of English Very high Very high Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Berlin Tegel (TXL) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November May - September April - June, September and October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2562 $1324
Rent $1650 $1094 $711
Groceries $243 $219 $89
Dining out $396 $316 $163
Cafe $66 $67 $36
Coworking space $331 $203 $99
Mobile internet $40 $27 $6
Public transportation $110 $102 $12
Taxis $73 $68 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $19 $5
Sport and cultural events $54 $74 $22
Museums and sights $11 $43 $30
Nightlife $124 $73 $44
Gym $62 $77 $19
Yoga $139 $115 $46
Massage $89 $66 $30
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Mytaxi, Uber BiTaksi
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 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 Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 844 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow