Austin vs Budapest vs Sofia

Austin 🇺🇸
Budapest 🇭🇺
Sofia 🇧🇬
Population 926,426 1,768,073 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Hungarian Bulgarian
Level of English Very high High High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - June, September - November April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1476 $1395
Rent $1650 $599 $613
Groceries $243 $129 $11
Dining out $396 $243 $246
Cafe $66 $35 $29
Coworking space $331 $144 $151
Mobile internet $40 $11 $11
Public transportation $110 $44 $32
Taxis $73 $33 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $16 $43
Sport and cultural events $54 $29 $20
Museums and sights $11 $9 $13
Nightlife $124 $51 $88
Gym $62 $45 $25
Yoga $139 $58 $67
Massage $89 $31 $32
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Vodafone, Telenor A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafés
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Bolt, Fotaxi TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. 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. 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 Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 47 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow