Berlin vs Budapest vs Lisbon

Berlin 🇩🇪
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Budapest 🇭🇺
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Lisbon 🇵🇹
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Population 3,400,000 1,768,073 517,000
Official language(s) German Hungarian Portuguese
Level of English Very high High Very high
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit May - September March - June, September - November March - May, September, October
Currency EUR - Euro (€) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2158 $1228 $1946
Rent $921 $499 $947
Groceries $184 $108 $133
Dining out $266 $202 $266
Cafe $56 $29 $36
Coworking space $171 $120 $161
Mobile internet $23 $9 $24
Public transportation $86 $36 $61
Taxis $57 $27 $27
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $13 $17
Sport and cultural events $62 $24 $29
Museums and sights $36 $7 $24
Nightlife $61 $43 $46
Gym $64 $37 $63
Yoga $97 $48 $63
Massage $55 $26 $49
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Telenor Vodafone
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable 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. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
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 Bacalhau à bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitão, polvo à lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 401 listings on Happy Cow