Budapest vs Hanoi vs Mexico City

Budapest 🇭🇺
Hanoi 🇻🇳
Mexico City 🇲🇽
Population 1,768,073 8,053,663 8,850,000
Official language(s) Hungarian Vietnamese Spanish
Level of English High Moderate Moderate
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November January, February, October - December March - May, October, November
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) MXN - Mexican Peso ($)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Widely accepted (less with AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1596 $1180 $1871
Rent $648 $509 $779
Groceries $140 $153 $281
Dining out $263 $135 $183
Cafe $38 $39 $49
Coworking space $156 $73 $159
Mobile internet $11 $4 $25
Public transportation $47 $20 $11
Taxis $35 $14 $9
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $0 $24
Sport and cultural events $31 $3 $81
Museums and sights $9 $4 $20
Nightlife $55 $90 $64
Gym $48 $58 $69
Yoga $62 $58 $65
Massage $33 $21 $51
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone Telcel, Movistar
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet Uber
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. Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese
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 Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Markets, food stalls, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus)
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow