Budapest vs Hanoi vs Lisbon

Budapest 🇭🇺
Hanoi 🇻🇳
Lisbon 🇵🇹
Population 1,768,073 8,053,663 517,000
Official language(s) Hungarian Vietnamese Portuguese
Level of English High Moderate Very high
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November January, February, October - December March - May, September, October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1594 $1180 $2291
Rent $647 $509 $1115
Groceries $140 $153 $157
Dining out $262 $135 $313
Cafe $38 $39 $42
Coworking space $156 $73 $189
Mobile internet $11 $4 $28
Public transportation $47 $20 $72
Taxis $35 $14 $31
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $0 $20
Sport and cultural events $31 $3 $34
Museums and sights $9 $4 $28
Nightlife $55 $90 $54
Gym $48 $58 $75
Yoga $62 $58 $75
Massage $33 $21 $58
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone Vodafone
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable 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. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
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 Bacalhau à bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitão, polvo à lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow