Bucharest vs Buenos Aires vs Istanbul

Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 1,830,000 2,900,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) Romanian Spanish Turkish
Level of English High High Low
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit April - October September - December April - June, September and October
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1462 $1647 $821
Rent $665 $1053 $441
Groceries $123 $122 $55
Dining out $178 $151 $101
Cafe $41 $31 $22
Coworking space $144 $118 $61
Mobile internet $8 $14 $4
Public transportation $23 $11 $8
Taxis $10 $12 $8
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $17 $3
Sport and cultural events $31 $30 $14
Museums and sights $32 $5 $19
Nightlife $49 $29 $27
Gym $33 $18 $12
Yoga $64 $24 $29
Massage $34 $13 $18
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Movistar, Claro, Personal Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 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 Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) BiTaksi
Tap water Not drinkable Not 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. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local 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 Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 79 options on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow