Austin vs Sofia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 926,426 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Bulgarian
Level of English Very high High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1508
Rent $1650 $663
Groceries $243 $12
Dining out $396 $266
Cafe $66 $32
Coworking space $331 $163
Mobile internet $40 $12
Public transportation $110 $35
Taxis $73 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $47
Sport and cultural events $54 $21
Museums and sights $11 $14
Nightlife $124 $95
Gym $62 $27
Yoga $139 $72
Massage $89 $34
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft TaxiMe, TaxiStars
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. 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 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 Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow