Austin vs Budapest vs Hanoi

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Budapest ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Population 926,426 1,768,073 8,053,663
Official language(s) English (de facto) Hungarian Vietnamese
Level of English Very high High Moderate
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - June, September - November January, February, October - December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred.
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1476 $1199
Rent $1650 $599 $517
Groceries $243 $129 $156
Dining out $396 $243 $137
Cafe $66 $35 $40
Coworking space $331 $144 $74
Mobile internet $40 $11 $4
Public transportation $110 $44 $20
Taxis $73 $33 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $16 $0
Sport and cultural events $54 $29 $3
Museums and sights $11 $9 $4
Nightlife $124 $51 $91
Gym $62 $45 $59
Yoga $139 $58 $59
Massage $89 $31 $21
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%.
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. 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 mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Fล‘zelรฉk, Somloi Galuska, Pรถrkรถlt and Paprikรกs, Kรผrtรถs Kalรกcs, Hungarian Lecsรณ, Lรกngos Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Local markets, cafรฉs, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow