Berlin vs Budapest vs Lisbon vs Mexico City vs Panama City

Berlin 🇩🇪
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Population 3,400,000 1,768,073 517,000 8,850,000 880,691
Official language(s) German Hungarian Portuguese Spanish Spanish
Level of English Very high High Very high Moderate Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
Most common months to visit May - September March - June, September - November March - May, September, October March - May, October, November December - April
Currency EUR - Euro (€) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) EUR - Euro (€) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops.
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2200 $1230 $1984 $1867 $2359
Rent $939 $499 $965 $778 $1036
Groceries $188 $108 $136 $281 $236
Dining out $271 $202 $271 $182 $371
Cafe $57 $29 $37 $49 $43
Coworking space $174 $120 $164 $159 $157
Mobile internet $23 $9 $24 $25 $21
Public transportation $88 $36 $63 $11 $12
Taxis $58 $27 $27 $9 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $13 $18 $24 $0
Sport and cultural events $64 $24 $29 $81 $35
Museums and sights $37 $7 $24 $20 $9
Nightlife $63 $43 $47 $64 $117
Gym $66 $37 $65 $69 $37
Yoga $99 $48 $65 $65 $163
Massage $56 $26 $50 $51 $75
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Telenor Vodafone Telcel, Movistar Claro, Movistar
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 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, FreeNow Uber Uber, Tu Chofer
Tap water Drinkable 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. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine.
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 Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameños, tostones, ropa vieja
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Markets, food stalls, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus) Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 401 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 7 options on HappyCow