Budapest vs Cape Town vs Larnaca

Budapest ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ
Cape Town ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Population 1,768,073 4,617,560 144,900
Official language(s) Hungarian Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English Greek
Level of English High Very high High
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Cape Town International Airport (CPT) Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November March - May, September - November March - May, October - December
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) ZAR - South African Rand (R) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted almost everywhere, but cash still needed in smaller shops Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $1600 $1781 $2218
Rent $650 $710 $768
Groceries $140 $148 $177
Dining out $263 $310 $295
Cafe $38 $37 $64
Coworking space $157 $173 $236
Mobile internet $12 $31 $40
Public transportation $47 $63 $71
Taxis $35 $24 $47
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $56 $51
Sport and cultural events $32 $22 $32
Museums and sights $10 $17 $9
Nightlife $55 $50 $124
Gym $48 $41 $122
Yoga $62 $64 $119
Massage $33 $35 $61
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor MTN, Vodacom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10 - 15% at restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Bolt nTaxi
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. South African cuisine has been shaped by a long history of Dutch, Malay, British and Indian settlements, making the food diverse and strong in flavor. There is a strong emphasis on game in all of its different forms, as well as spicy sauces and sautรฉed vegetables and dry-cured meats. Creamy desserts and liqueurs compliment large and flavorful meals. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well..
Local food specialities Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Fล‘zelรฉk, Somloi Galuska, Pรถrkรถlt and Paprikรกs, Kรผrtรถs Kalรกcs, Hungarian Lecsรณ, Lรกngos Bitlong and droewors, boerewors, Cape Malay curry, bobotie, melkert, gatsby, bunny chow Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka
Eat like a local Local markets, cafรฉs, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Cape Malay shacks, food trucks, street food joints, local grills, small bakeries and food markets Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too.
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 24 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available