Bucharest vs Budapest vs Hanoi

Bucharest 🇷🇴
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Budapest 🇭🇺
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Hanoi 🇻🇳
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Population 1,830,000 1,768,073 8,053,663
Official language(s) Romanian Hungarian Vietnamese
Level of English High High Moderate
Main airport Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN)
Most common months to visit April - October March - June, September - November January, February, October - December
Currency RON - Romanian Leu (L) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫)
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 $1567 $1596 $1180
Rent $713 $648 $509
Groceries $132 $140 $153
Dining out $191 $263 $135
Cafe $44 $38 $39
Coworking space $154 $156 $73
Mobile internet $8 $11 $4
Public transportation $25 $47 $20
Taxis $10 $35 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $29 $17 $0
Sport and cultural events $33 $31 $3
Museums and sights $34 $9 $4
Nightlife $53 $55 $90
Gym $35 $48 $58
Yoga $69 $62 $58
Massage $36 $33 $21
SIM card options Vodafone, Orange Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone
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 Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%.
Taxi apps Star Taxi, Uber Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet
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. 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 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 Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads
Eat like a local Set lunch menus, cafe terraces, cofeterias Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food
Vegetarian / vegan options 33 listings on Happy Cow 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow