Berlin vs Madrid vs Sofia

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
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Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 3,400,000 6,578,0179 1,270,169
Official language(s) German Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Moderate High
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit May - September March - May, September - November April-June, September-October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $2260 $2565 $1327
Rent $965 $1206 $584
Groceries $193 $180 $10
Dining out $279 $322 $234
Cafe $59 $53 $28
Coworking space $179 $202 $144
Mobile internet $24 $11 $10
Public transportation $90 $80 $31
Taxis $60 $45 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $50 $41
Sport and cultural events $65 $56 $19
Museums and sights $38 $20 $12
Nightlife $64 $85 $84
Gym $68 $45 $24
Yoga $102 $146 $64
Massage $58 $65 $30
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Orange, Movistar, Vodafone A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. 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 Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local 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! Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow