Bucharest vs Budapest vs Mexico City

Bucharest 🇷🇴
Budapest 🇭🇺
Mexico City 🇲🇽
Population 1,830,000 1,768,073 8,850,000
Official language(s) Romanian Hungarian Spanish
Level of English High High Moderate
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit April - October March - June, September - November March - May, October, November
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1462 $1476 $1844
Rent $665 $599 $768
Groceries $123 $129 $278
Dining out $178 $243 $180
Cafe $41 $35 $49
Coworking space $144 $144 $157
Mobile internet $8 $11 $24
Public transportation $23 $44 $11
Taxis $10 $33 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $16 $23
Sport and cultural events $31 $29 $80
Museums and sights $32 $9 $19
Nightlife $49 $51 $63
Gym $33 $45 $68
Yoga $64 $58 $65
Massage $34 $31 $50
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, Telenor Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. 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. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Sarmale, mămăligă, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbă de burtă, covrig, papanasi Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Markets, food stalls, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 279 listings on Happy Cow