Budapest vs Hanoi vs Sofia

Budapest 🇭🇺
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Population 1,768,073 8,053,663 1,270,169
Official language(s) Hungarian Vietnamese Bulgarian
Level of English High Moderate High
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November January, February, October - December April-June, September-October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1596 $1180 $1488
Rent $648 $509 $654
Groceries $140 $153 $12
Dining out $263 $135 $262
Cafe $38 $39 $31
Coworking space $156 $73 $161
Mobile internet $11 $4 $12
Public transportation $47 $20 $34
Taxis $35 $14 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $0 $46
Sport and cultural events $31 $3 $21
Museums and sights $9 $4 $14
Nightlife $55 $90 $94
Gym $48 $58 $26
Yoga $62 $58 $71
Massage $33 $21 $34
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafés
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet TaxiMe, TaxiStars
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. Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital.
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 Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow