Bucharest vs Budapest vs Seoul

Bucharest 🇷🇴
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Population 1,830,000 1,768,073 9,963,452
Official language(s) Romanian Hungarian Korean
Level of English High High Moderate
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - October March - June, September - November March - May, September - November
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) KRW - South Korean won (₩)
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 $2369
Rent $665 $599 $864
Groceries $123 $129 $387
Dining out $178 $243 $229
Cafe $41 $35 $75
Coworking space $144 $144 $241
Mobile internet $8 $11 $43
Public transportation $23 $44 $44
Taxis $10 $33 $44
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $16 $15
Sport and cultural events $31 $29 $42
Museums and sights $32 $9 $7
Nightlife $49 $51 $101
Gym $33 $45 $75
Yoga $64 $58 $121
Massage $34 $31 $81
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, Telenor KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
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 Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable 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, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
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 Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 57 options on Happy Cow