Bucharest vs Istanbul vs Mexico City

Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Population 1,830,000 15,520,000 8,850,000
Official language(s) Romanian Turkish Spanish
Level of English High Low Moderate
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit April - October April - June, September and October March - May, October, November
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1462 $821 $1779
Rent $665 $441 $741
Groceries $123 $55 $268
Dining out $178 $101 $174
Cafe $41 $22 $47
Coworking space $144 $61 $152
Mobile internet $8 $4 $23
Public transportation $23 $8 $10
Taxis $10 $8 $8
Shared bicycles and scooters $27 $3 $23
Sport and cultural events $31 $14 $77
Museums and sights $32 $19 $19
Nightlife $49 $27 $61
Gym $33 $12 $66
Yoga $64 $29 $62
Massage $34 $18 $48
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber BiTaksi Uber
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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
Local food specialities Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow