Berlin vs Hanoi vs Istanbul vs Rio de Janeiro

Berlin 🇩🇪
Hanoi 🇻🇳
Istanbul 🇹🇷
Rio de Janeiro 🇧🇷
Population 3,400,000 8,053,663 15,520,000 6,718,903
Official language(s) German Vietnamese Turkish Portuguese
Level of English Very high Moderate Low Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Istanbul Airport (IST) Galeão International Airport
Most common months to visit May - September January, February, October - December April - June, September and October January - March, December
Currency EUR - Euro (€) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) TRY - Turkish Lira (₺) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No No
Average monthly costs $2381 $1199 $821 $1721
Rent $1017 $517 $441 $1001
Groceries $203 $156 $55 $89
Dining out $294 $137 $101 $197
Cafe $62 $40 $22 $23
Coworking space $189 $74 $62 $122
Mobile internet $25 $4 $4 $7
Public transportation $95 $20 $8 $31
Taxis $63 $14 $8 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $0 $3 $15
Sport and cultural events $69 $3 $14 $51
Museums and sights $40 $4 $19 $24
Nightlife $68 $91 $27 $51
Gym $71 $59 $12 $29
Yoga $107 $59 $29 $37
Massage $61 $21 $18 $30
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Viettel, Mobifone Turkcell, Turk Telekom Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Grab, GoViet BiTaksi Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread 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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spätzle, königsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Döner, İçli Köfte, Dondurma, Karnıyarık, Turkish delight Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 104 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow