Buenos Aires vs Rio de Janeiro

Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 2,900,000 6,718,903
Official language(s) Spanish Portuguese
Level of English High Low
Main airport Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit September - December January - March, December
Currency ARS - Argentine Peso ($) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1698 $1863
Rent $1085 $1083
Groceries $125 $96
Dining out $156 $213
Cafe $32 $25
Coworking space $122 $132
Mobile internet $15 $7
Public transportation $11 $34
Taxis $12 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $18 $17
Sport and cultural events $31 $56
Museums and sights $5 $26
Nightlife $30 $55
Gym $19 $31
Yoga $24 $40
Massage $13 $32
SIM card options Movistar, Claro, Personal Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common.
Local food specialities Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city.
Vegetarian / vegan options 79 options on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow