Budapest vs Hanoi vs Istanbul

Budapest 🇭🇺
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Population 1,768,073 8,053,663 15,520,000
Official language(s) Hungarian Vietnamese Turkish
Level of English High Moderate Low
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November January, February, October - December April - June, September and October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) TRY - Turkish Lira (₺)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1594 $1180 $1338
Rent $647 $509 $719
Groceries $140 $153 $90
Dining out $262 $135 $164
Cafe $38 $39 $36
Coworking space $156 $73 $100
Mobile internet $11 $4 $6
Public transportation $47 $20 $13
Taxis $35 $14 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $0 $5
Sport and cultural events $31 $3 $22
Museums and sights $9 $4 $31
Nightlife $55 $90 $44
Gym $48 $58 $19
Yoga $62 $58 $47
Massage $33 $21 $30
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet BiTaksi
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall 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. A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Döner, İçli Köfte, Dondurma, Karnıyarık, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow