Berlin vs Bucharest vs Budapest

Berlin 🇩🇪
Bucharest 🇷🇴
Budapest 🇭🇺
Population 3,400,000 1,830,000 1,768,073
Official language(s) German Romanian Hungarian
Level of English Very high High High
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD)
Most common months to visit May - September April - October March - June, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (€) RON - Romanian Leu (L) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2381 $1461 $1470
Rent $1016 $665 $597
Groceries $203 $123 $129
Dining out $294 $178 $242
Cafe $62 $41 $35
Coworking space $189 $144 $144
Mobile internet $25 $8 $11
Public transportation $95 $23 $43
Taxis $63 $10 $33
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $27 $16
Sport and cultural events $69 $31 $29
Museums and sights $40 $32 $9
Nightlife $68 $49 $51
Gym $71 $33 $45
Yoga $107 $64 $57
Massage $61 $34 $31
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, Telenor
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Star Taxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. 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.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spätzle, königsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Sarmale, mămăligă, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbă de burtă, covrig, papanasi Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 33 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow