Austin vs Budapest vs Lviv vs Sofia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Budapest ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 926,426 1,768,073 731,387 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Hungarian Ukrainian Bulgarian
Level of English Very high High Low High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - June, September - November May - September April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1230 $922 $1289
Rent $1650 $499 $400 $567
Groceries $243 $108 $91 $10
Dining out $396 $202 $151 $227
Cafe $66 $29 $21 $27
Coworking space $331 $120 $79 $140
Mobile internet $40 $9 $4 $10
Public transportation $110 $36 $5 $30
Taxis $73 $27 $12 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $13 $16 $40
Sport and cultural events $54 $24 $13 $18
Museums and sights $11 $7 $9 $12
Nightlife $124 $43 $43 $82
Gym $62 $37 $22 $23
Yoga $139 $48 $30 $62
Massage $89 $26 $27 $29
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Telenor Vodafone, Kyivstar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Uklon TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable 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. Magyar cuisine makes extensive use of creams, cheeses and sauces primarily in beef, chicken and pork dishes, mixed with seasonal vegetables, fruits and rich desserts. Slavic. Emphasis on frilled meats combined with potatoes, carrots, pickles and cabbage. Creamy deserts often elaborated with cottage cheese. Lviv enjoys culinary influences from Kiev (traditional with an emphasis on chicken) and Odessa (various seafood dishes). 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 Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Fล‘zelรฉk, Somloi Galuska, Pรถrkรถlt and Paprikรกs, Kรผrtรถs Kalรกcs, Hungarian Lecsรณ, Lรกngos Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky 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 Local markets, cafรฉs, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 47 options on HappyCow 9 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow