Berlin vs Budapest vs Cape Town vs Hanoi

Berlin 🇩🇪
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Population 3,400,000 1,768,073 4,617,560 8,053,663
Official language(s) German Hungarian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Vietnamese
Level of English Very high High Very high Moderate
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN)
Most common months to visit May - September March - June, September - November March - May, September - November January, February, October - December
Currency EUR - Euro (€) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) ZAR - South African Rand (R) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫)
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 Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred.
Remote worker visa Yes No No No
Average monthly costs $2381 $1476 $1578 $1199
Rent $1017 $599 $629 $517
Groceries $203 $129 $131 $156
Dining out $294 $243 $274 $137
Cafe $62 $35 $33 $40
Coworking space $189 $144 $153 $74
Mobile internet $25 $11 $27 $4
Public transportation $95 $44 $56 $20
Taxis $63 $33 $21 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $16 $50 $0
Sport and cultural events $69 $29 $20 $3
Museums and sights $40 $9 $15 $4
Nightlife $68 $51 $44 $91
Gym $71 $45 $36 $59
Yoga $107 $58 $57 $59
Massage $61 $31 $31 $21
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Telenor MTN, Vodacom Viettel, Mobifone
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%.
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Bolt Grab, GoViet
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not 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. A mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles.
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 Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads
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 Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 24 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow