Budapest vs Porto vs Sofia

Budapest 🇭🇺
Porto 🇵🇹
Sofia 🇧🇬
Population 1,768,073 237,559 1,270,169
Official language(s) Hungarian Portuguese Bulgarian
Level of English High Very High High
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November May - September April-June, September-October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) EUR - Euro (€) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1476 $1903 $1395
Rent $599 $776 $613
Groceries $129 $160 $11
Dining out $243 $303 $246
Cafe $35 $49 $29
Coworking space $144 $104 $151
Mobile internet $11 $23 $11
Public transportation $44 $103 $32
Taxis $33 $27 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $11 $43
Sport and cultural events $29 $49 $20
Museums and sights $9 $26 $13
Nightlife $51 $71 $88
Gym $45 $61 $25
Yoga $58 $89 $67
Massage $31 $52 $32
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Vodafone, MEO, NOS A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafés
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable 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 variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy 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 Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 46 options on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow