Berlin vs Budapest vs Madrid

Berlin 🇩🇪
Budapest 🇭🇺
Madrid 🇪🇸
Population 3,400,000 1,768,073 6,578,0179
Official language(s) German Hungarian Spanish
Level of English Very high High Moderate
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit May - September March - June, September - November March - May, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (€) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2260 $1296 $2565
Rent $965 $526 $1206
Groceries $193 $114 $180
Dining out $279 $213 $322
Cafe $59 $31 $53
Coworking space $179 $127 $202
Mobile internet $24 $9 $11
Public transportation $90 $38 $80
Taxis $60 $29 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $14 $50
Sport and cultural events $65 $26 $56
Museums and sights $38 $8 $20
Nightlife $64 $45 $85
Gym $68 $39 $45
Yoga $102 $51 $146
Massage $58 $27 $65
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone, Telenor Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable 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, 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 Currywurst, spätzle, königsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileña, churros
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants 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 844 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 85 listings on Happy Cow