Berlin vs Bucharest vs Istanbul

Berlin 🇩🇪
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Population 3,400,000 1,830,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) German Romanian Turkish
Level of English Very high High Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit May - September April - October April - June, September and October
Currency EUR - Euro (€) RON - Romanian Leu (L) TRY - Turkish Lira (₺)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2381 $1461 $803
Rent $1016 $665 $432
Groceries $203 $123 $54
Dining out $294 $178 $99
Cafe $62 $41 $22
Coworking space $189 $144 $60
Mobile internet $25 $8 $4
Public transportation $95 $23 $8
Taxis $63 $10 $7
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $27 $3
Sport and cultural events $69 $31 $13
Museums and sights $40 $32 $18
Nightlife $68 $49 $26
Gym $71 $33 $11
Yoga $107 $64 $28
Massage $61 $34 $18
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Orange Turkcell, Turk Telekom
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 Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Star Taxi, Uber BiTaksi
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not 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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Currywurst, spätzle, königsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Sarmale, mămăligă, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbă de burtă, covrig, papanasi Döner, İçli Köfte, Dondurma, Karnıyarık, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 33 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow