Berlin vs Budapest vs Cape Town

Berlin 🇩🇪
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Cape Town 🇿🇦
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Population 3,400,000 1,768,073 4,617,560
Official language(s) German Hungarian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English
Level of English Very high High Very high
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
Most common months to visit May - September March - June, September - November March - May, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (€) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) ZAR - South African Rand (R)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2158 $1228 $1523
Rent $921 $499 $608
Groceries $184 $108 $127
Dining out $266 $202 $265
Cafe $56 $29 $32
Coworking space $171 $120 $148
Mobile internet $23 $9 $26
Public transportation $86 $36 $54
Taxis $57 $27 $20
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $13 $48
Sport and cultural events $62 $24 $19
Museums and sights $36 $7 $14
Nightlife $61 $43 $43
Gym $64 $37 $35
Yoga $97 $48 $55
Massage $55 $26 $30
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Telenor MTN, Vodacom
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Bolt
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread 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. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautéed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spätzle, königsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 24 options on HappyCow