Austin vs Bucharest vs Buenos Aires

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
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Population 926,426 1,830,000 2,900,000
Official language(s) English (de facto) Romanian Spanish
Level of English Very high High High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November April - October September - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) RON - Romanian Leu (L) ARS - Argentine Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere. (ID required!)
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1462 $1647
Rent $1650 $665 $1053
Groceries $243 $123 $122
Dining out $396 $178 $151
Cafe $66 $41 $31
Coworking space $331 $144 $118
Mobile internet $40 $8 $14
Public transportation $110 $23 $11
Taxis $73 $10 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $27 $17
Sport and cultural events $54 $31 $30
Museums and sights $11 $32 $5
Nightlife $124 $49 $29
Gym $62 $33 $18
Yoga $139 $64 $24
Massage $89 $34 $13
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Orange Movistar, Claro, Personal
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Star Taxi, Uber Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only)
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 33 listings on Happy Cow 79 options on Happy Cow