Austin vs Hanoi vs Lviv vs Sofia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 926,426 8,053,663 731,387 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Vietnamese Ukrainian Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Moderate Low High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January, February, October - December May - September April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1167 $922 $1289
Rent $1650 $503 $400 $567
Groceries $243 $151 $91 $10
Dining out $396 $134 $151 $227
Cafe $66 $39 $21 $27
Coworking space $331 $72 $79 $140
Mobile internet $40 $4 $4 $10
Public transportation $110 $20 $5 $30
Taxis $73 $13 $12 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0 $16 $40
Sport and cultural events $54 $3 $13 $18
Museums and sights $11 $4 $9 $12
Nightlife $124 $89 $43 $82
Gym $62 $57 $22 $23
Yoga $139 $57 $30 $62
Massage $89 $21 $27 $29
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Viettel, Mobifone Vodafone, Kyivstar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab, GoViet Uber, Uklon TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Not 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. A mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles. 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 Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads 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 Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food 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 104 listings on Happy Cow 9 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow