Austin vs Lviv vs Sofia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 926,426 731,387 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Ukrainian Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Low High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November May - September April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $745 $1265
Rent $1650 $324 $556
Groceries $243 $74 $10
Dining out $396 $122 $223
Cafe $66 $17 $27
Coworking space $331 $64 $137
Mobile internet $40 $3 $10
Public transportation $110 $4 $29
Taxis $73 $10 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $13 $39
Sport and cultural events $54 $10 $18
Museums and sights $11 $7 $12
Nightlife $124 $35 $80
Gym $62 $18 $23
Yoga $139 $25 $61
Massage $89 $22 $29
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Kyivstar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Uklon TaxiMe, TaxiStars
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. 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 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 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 9 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow