Bucharest vs Budapest vs Playa del Carmen

Bucharest 🇷🇴
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Budapest 🇭🇺
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Playa del Carmen 🇲🇽
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Population 1,830,000 1,768,073 259,453
Official language(s) Romanian Hungarian Spanish
Level of English High High Moderate
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Cancun International Airport (CUN)
Most common months to visit April - October March - June, September - November January - May, October - December
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 Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1462 $1476 $2116
Rent $665 $599 $912
Groceries $123 $129 $125
Dining out $178 $243 $204
Cafe $41 $35 $42
Coworking space $144 $144 $158
Mobile internet $8 $11 $21
Public transportation $23 $44 $17
Taxis $10 $33 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $16 $49
Sport and cultural events $31 $29 $95
Museums and sights $32 $9 $214
Nightlife $49 $51 $76
Gym $33 $45 $41
Yoga $64 $58 $54
Massage $34 $31 $100
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
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi N/A
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. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices
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 Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 72 listings on Happy Cow