Berlin vs Lisbon vs Madrid

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 3,400,000 517,000 6,578,0179
Official language(s) German Portuguese Spanish
Level of English Very high Very high Moderate
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September, October March - May, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $2260 $2038 $2565
Rent $965 $992 $1206
Groceries $193 $139 $180
Dining out $279 $279 $322
Cafe $59 $38 $53
Coworking space $179 $168 $202
Mobile internet $24 $25 $11
Public transportation $90 $64 $80
Taxis $60 $28 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $18 $50
Sport and cultural events $65 $30 $56
Museums and sights $38 $25 $20
Nightlife $64 $48 $85
Gym $68 $66 $45
Yoga $102 $66 $146
Massage $58 $51 $65
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Vodafone Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, FreeNow Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries 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, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Tascas, snack bars, seafood 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 401 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow