Austin vs Rio de Janeiro

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) Portuguese
Level of English Very high Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1833
Rent $1650 $1066
Groceries $243 $95
Dining out $396 $210
Cafe $66 $25
Coworking space $331 $130
Mobile internet $40 $7
Public transportation $110 $33
Taxis $73 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $16
Sport and cultural events $54 $55
Museums and sights $11 $26
Nightlife $124 $54
Gym $62 $31
Yoga $139 $40
Massage $89 $32
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow