Budapest vs Istanbul vs Prague

Budapest 🇭🇺
Istanbul 🇹🇷
Prague 🇨🇿
Population 1,768,073 15,520,000 1,305,737
Official language(s) Hungarian Turkish Czech
Level of English High Low High
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Istanbul Airport (IST) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November April - June, September and October June - October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) TRY - Turkish Lira (₺) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in most places Accepted most places (some places are cash only)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1476 $821 $1961
Rent $599 $441 $847
Groceries $129 $55 $171
Dining out $243 $101 $261
Cafe $35 $22 $58
Coworking space $144 $62 $190
Mobile internet $11 $4 $27
Public transportation $44 $8 $66
Taxis $33 $8 $36
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $3 $20
Sport and cultural events $29 $14 $20
Museums and sights $9 $19 $38
Nightlife $51 $27 $54
Gym $45 $12 $61
Yoga $58 $29 $72
Massage $31 $18 $40
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone, T-Mobile
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi BiTaksi Uber, Liftago
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 fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Thick soups are often combined with stewed vegetables and baked meats to produce rich dishes. Gravies and creams are popular in Czech cuisine, as is beer!
Local food specialities Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Döner, İçli Köfte, Dondurma, Karnıyarık, Turkish delight Vepřo knedlo zelo, Česnečka, Guláš, Svíčková na smetaně, Ovocné Knedlíky.
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafés
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow