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Population 1,768,073 8,053,663 259,453 237,559 1,305,737
Official language(s) Hungarian Vietnamese Spanish Portuguese Czech
Level of English High Moderate Moderate Very High High
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Nội Bài International Airport (HAN) Cancun International Airport (CUN) Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November January, February, October - December January - May, October - December May - September June - October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) VND - Vietnamese Dong (₫) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) EUR - Euro (€) CZK - Czech Koruna (Kč)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted most places (some places are cash only)
Remote worker visa No No Yes Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1600 $1197 $2185 $1991 $1996
Rent $650 $516 $941 $812 $862
Groceries $140 $155 $129 $168 $174
Dining out $263 $137 $211 $317 $266
Cafe $38 $40 $43 $51 $59
Coworking space $157 $74 $163 $109 $194
Mobile internet $12 $4 $21 $24 $27
Public transportation $47 $20 $17 $108 $67
Taxis $35 $14 $9 $28 $37
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $0 $50 $12 $21
Sport and cultural events $32 $3 $98 $51 $21
Museums and sights $10 $4 $221 $27 $39
Nightlife $55 $91 $79 $74 $55
Gym $48 $59 $43 $64 $62
Yoga $62 $59 $55 $93 $73
Massage $33 $21 $103 $54 $41
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Viettel, Mobifone Telcel, Movistar Vodafone, MEO, NOS Vodafone, T-Mobile
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 10-15% for restaurants 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% at restaurants and bars, round up elsewhere
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Grab, GoViet N/A Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Uber, Liftago
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable 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 mix of French, Southeast Asian and Chinese with lots of fresh herbs and spices. Northern Vietnam cuisine includes a lot of fish and noodles. Staple dishes from maize, beans, sweet potato and avocado along with meat, chili peppers and other spices A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy 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!
Local food specialities Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Chilaquiles, tacos al pastor, chile rellenos, cochinita pibil, tostadas, pozole Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Vepřo knedlo zelo, Česnečka, Guláš, Svíčková na smetaně, Ovocné Knedlíky.
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Taco stands, esquite stalls, El Fogon, El Pirata, Dona Mary's Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars Pubs and taverns, street food stalls, local cafés
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 72 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 112 options on HappyCow