Bucharest vs Budapest vs Porto

Bucharest 🇷🇴
Budapest 🇭🇺
Porto 🇵🇹
Population 1,830,000 1,768,073 237,559
Official language(s) Romanian Hungarian Portuguese
Level of English High High Very High
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO)
Most common months to visit April - October March - June, September - November May - September
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1351 $1230 $1759
Rent $615 $499 $717
Groceries $114 $108 $148
Dining out $165 $202 $280
Cafe $38 $29 $45
Coworking space $133 $120 $96
Mobile internet $7 $9 $21
Public transportation $21 $36 $95
Taxis $9 $27 $25
Shared bicycles and scooters $25 $13 $10
Sport and cultural events $29 $24 $45
Museums and sights $29 $7 $24
Nightlife $45 $43 $66
Gym $30 $37 $56
Yoga $59 $48 $82
Massage $31 $26 $48
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, Telenor Vodafone, MEO, NOS
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 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify
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. A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts.
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 Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 46 options on Happy Cow