Austin vs Budapest vs Mexico City vs New York City

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Budapest ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
New York City ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 926,426 1,768,073 8,850,000 8,323,340
Official language(s) English (de facto) Hungarian Spanish English (de facto)
Level of English Very high High Moderate Very high
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - June, September - November March - May, October, November April - June, September - November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) USD - US Dollar ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1230 $1867 $5431
Rent $1650 $499 $778 $2891
Groceries $243 $108 $281 $383
Dining out $396 $202 $182 $656
Cafe $66 $29 $49 $72
Coworking space $331 $120 $159 $326
Mobile internet $40 $9 $25 $45
Public transportation $110 $36 $11 $220
Taxis $73 $27 $9 $78
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $13 $24 $30
Sport and cultural events $54 $24 $81 $100
Museums and sights $11 $7 $20 $74
Nightlife $124 $43 $64 $195
Gym $62 $37 $69 $55
Yoga $139 $48 $65 $197
Massage $89 $26 $51 $109
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Telenor Telcel, Movistar AT&T, Verizon
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 15-20% at restaurants, 1 USD per drink at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Bolt, Fotaxi Uber Uber, Lyft
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable 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. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese American. Emphasis on comfort and fast food, with some good seafood dishes. Influence from other regions of the US, North America and the world make NYC a cosmopolitan and international cuisine hub that is incredibly diverse.
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 Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Pizza, clam chowder, bagels, corned beef, pastrami, cheesecake, hot dogs, and hundred of other international food options.
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Local markets, cafรฉs, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Delis, local pizza shops, street food stalls and food trucks, food markets, local bakeries and smaller, authentic international cuisine restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 47 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow 309 options on HappyCow