Austin vs Berlin vs Madrid

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Population 926,426 3,400,000 6,578,0179
Official language(s) English (de facto) German Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Berlin Tegel (TXL) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November May - September March - May, September - November
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $3484 $2260 $2565
Rent $1650 $965 $1206
Groceries $243 $193 $180
Dining out $396 $279 $322
Cafe $66 $59 $53
Coworking space $331 $179 $202
Mobile internet $40 $24 $11
Public transportation $110 $90 $80
Taxis $73 $60 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $17 $50
Sport and cultural events $54 $65 $56
Museums and sights $11 $38 $20
Nightlife $124 $64 $85
Gym $62 $68 $45
Yoga $139 $102 $146
Massage $89 $58 $65
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros!
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 844 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow