Budapest vs Buenos Aires vs Sofia

Budapest 🇭🇺
Buenos Aires 🇦🇷
Sofia 🇧🇬
Population 1,768,073 2,900,000 1,270,169
Official language(s) Hungarian Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English High High High
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November September - December April-June, September-October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) ARS - Argentine Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1476 $1615 $1395
Rent $599 $1032 $613
Groceries $129 $119 $11
Dining out $243 $148 $246
Cafe $35 $31 $29
Coworking space $144 $116 $151
Mobile internet $11 $14 $11
Public transportation $44 $11 $32
Taxis $33 $11 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $17 $43
Sport and cultural events $29 $30 $20
Museums and sights $9 $5 $13
Nightlife $51 $29 $88
Gym $45 $18 $25
Yoga $58 $23 $67
Massage $31 $12 $32
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Movistar, Claro, Personal A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% at restaurants and cafés is common, not common at bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafés
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) 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. Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options 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 Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafés for maté and facturas Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 79 options on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow