Budapest vs Prague vs Sofia

Budapest 🇭🇺
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Prague 🇨🇿
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Sofia 🇧🇬
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Population 1,768,073 1,305,737 1,270,169
Official language(s) Hungarian Czech Bulgarian
Level of English High High High
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November June - October April-June, September-October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted most places (some places are cash only) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1476 $1961 $1395
Rent $599 $847 $613
Groceries $129 $171 $11
Dining out $243 $261 $246
Cafe $35 $58 $29
Coworking space $144 $190 $151
Mobile internet $11 $27 $11
Public transportation $44 $66 $32
Taxis $33 $36 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $20 $43
Sport and cultural events $29 $20 $20
Museums and sights $9 $38 $13
Nightlife $51 $54 $88
Gym $45 $61 $25
Yoga $58 $72 $67
Massage $31 $40 $32
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Vodafone, T-Mobile A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafés
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Liftago 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. 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! 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 Vepřo knedlo zelo, Česnečka, Guláš, Svíčková na smetaně, Ovocné Knedlíky. Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafés Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 112 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow