Budapest vs Hanoi vs Madrid

Budapest 🇭🇺
Hanoi 🇻🇳
Madrid 🇪🇸
Population 1,768,073 8,053,663 6,578,0179
Official language(s) Hungarian Vietnamese Spanish
Level of English High Moderate Moderate
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November January, February, October - December March - May, September - November
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 everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1476 $1199 $2703
Rent $599 $517 $1271
Groceries $129 $156 $190
Dining out $243 $137 $339
Cafe $35 $40 $55
Coworking space $144 $74 $212
Mobile internet $11 $4 $11
Public transportation $44 $20 $85
Taxis $33 $14 $47
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $0 $53
Sport and cultural events $29 $3 $59
Museums and sights $9 $4 $21
Nightlife $51 $91 $89
Gym $45 $59 $47
Yoga $58 $59 $154
Massage $31 $21 $69
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone Orange, Movistar, Vodafone
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated.
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now
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, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors.
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 Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileña, churros
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros!
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow