Bucharest vs Budapest vs Rio de Janeiro

Bucharest 🇷🇴
Budapest 🇭🇺
Rio de Janeiro 🇧🇷
Population 1,830,000 1,768,073 6,718,903
Official language(s) Romanian Hungarian Portuguese
Level of English High High Low
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Galeão International Airport
Most common months to visit April - October March - June, September - November January - March, December
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1462 $1476 $1721
Rent $665 $599 $1001
Groceries $123 $129 $89
Dining out $178 $243 $197
Cafe $41 $35 $23
Coworking space $144 $144 $122
Mobile internet $8 $11 $7
Public transportation $23 $44 $31
Taxis $10 $33 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $16 $15
Sport and cultural events $31 $29 $51
Museums and sights $32 $9 $24
Nightlife $49 $51 $51
Gym $33 $45 $29
Yoga $64 $58 $37
Massage $34 $31 $30
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, Telenor Tim, Claro, Vivo
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% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, 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. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
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 Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 54 options on Happy Cow