Berlin vs Budapest vs Lviv

Berlin 🇩🇪
Budapest 🇭🇺
Lviv 🇺🇦
Population 3,400,000 1,768,073 731,387
Official language(s) German Hungarian Ukrainian
Level of English Very high High Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO)
Most common months to visit May - September March - June, September - November May - September
Currency EUR - Euro (€) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (₴)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2158 $1228 $745
Rent $921 $499 $324
Groceries $184 $108 $74
Dining out $266 $202 $122
Cafe $56 $29 $17
Coworking space $171 $120 $64
Mobile internet $23 $9 $3
Public transportation $86 $36 $4
Taxis $57 $27 $10
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $13 $13
Sport and cultural events $62 $24 $10
Museums and sights $36 $7 $7
Nightlife $61 $43 $35
Gym $64 $37 $18
Yoga $97 $48 $25
Massage $55 $26 $22
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Telenor Vodafone, Kyivstar
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Uklon
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. Slavic. Emphasis on frilled meats combined with potatoes, carrots, pickles and cabbage. Creamy deserts often elaborated with cottage cheese. Lviv enjoys culinary influences from Kiev (traditional with an emphasis on chicken) and Odessa (various seafood dishes).
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 Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 9 options on HappyCow