Bucharest vs Porto vs Sofia

Bucharest ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด
Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 1,830,000 237,559 1,270,169
Official language(s) Romanian Portuguese Bulgarian
Level of English High Very High High
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit April - October May - September April-June, September-October
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1351 $1759 $1289
Rent $615 $717 $567
Groceries $114 $148 $10
Dining out $165 $280 $227
Cafe $38 $45 $27
Coworking space $133 $96 $140
Mobile internet $7 $21 $10
Public transportation $21 $95 $30
Taxis $9 $25 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $25 $10 $40
Sport and cultural events $29 $45 $18
Museums and sights $29 $24 $12
Nightlife $45 $66 $82
Gym $30 $56 $23
Yoga $59 $82 $62
Massage $31 $48 $29
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, MEO, NOS A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 5% - 10% at restaurants, 5% - 10% tip for services is appreciated but not expected, round up for taxis 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable 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 variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts. Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
Local food specialities Sarmale, mฤƒmฤƒligฤƒ, mici, ciolan cu fasole, ciorbฤƒ de burtฤƒ, covrig, papanasi Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow