Bucharest vs Cape Town vs Lisbon

Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
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Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
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Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Population 1,830,000 4,617,560 517,000
Official language(s) Romanian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Portuguese
Level of English High Very high Very high
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit April - October March - May, September - November March - May, September, October
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1581 $1862 $2311
Rent $720 $743 $1124
Groceries $133 $155 $158
Dining out $193 $324 $316
Cafe $44 $39 $43
Coworking space $156 $181 $191
Mobile internet $8 $32 $28
Public transportation $25 $66 $73
Taxis $10 $25 $32
Shared bicycles and scooters $30 $59 $21
Sport and cultural events $34 $23 $34
Museums and sights $34 $18 $28
Nightlife $53 $52 $55
Gym $36 $43 $75
Yoga $69 $67 $75
Massage $37 $37 $58
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange MTN, Vodacom Vodafone
Tipping 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Uber, Bolt Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Wide range of meat and fish dishes, soups, salads and cheeses influenced by German, Hungarian, Turkish, Greek and Ukrainian cuisine. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
Local food specialities Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 24 options on HappyCow 401 listings on Happy Cow