Berlin vs Hanoi vs Sofia

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 3,400,000 8,053,663 1,270,169
Official language(s) German Vietnamese Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Moderate High
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit May - September January, February, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No No
Average monthly costs $2381 $1194 $1396
Rent $1016 $515 $614
Groceries $203 $155 $11
Dining out $294 $137 $246
Cafe $62 $39 $29
Coworking space $189 $74 $151
Mobile internet $25 $4 $11
Public transportation $95 $20 $32
Taxis $63 $14 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $0 $43
Sport and cultural events $69 $3 $20
Museums and sights $40 $4 $13
Nightlife $68 $91 $88
Gym $71 $59 $25
Yoga $107 $58 $67
Massage $61 $21 $32
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Viettel, Mobifone A1, Telenor, Vivacom
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%. 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Grab, GoViet TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water 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. Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 104 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow