Austin vs Lisbon vs Porto vs Sofia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 926,426 517,000 237,559 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Portuguese Portuguese Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Very high Very High High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, September, October May - September April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1984 $1759 $1289
Rent $1650 $965 $717 $567
Groceries $243 $136 $148 $10
Dining out $396 $271 $280 $227
Cafe $66 $37 $45 $27
Coworking space $331 $164 $96 $140
Mobile internet $40 $24 $21 $10
Public transportation $110 $63 $95 $30
Taxis $73 $27 $25 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $18 $10 $40
Sport and cultural events $54 $29 $45 $18
Museums and sights $11 $24 $24 $12
Nightlife $124 $47 $66 $82
Gym $62 $65 $56 $23
Yoga $139 $65 $82 $62
Massage $89 $50 $48 $29
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone Vodafone, MEO, NOS A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, FreeNow Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable 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. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts. Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 401 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow