Austin vs Hanoi vs Porto vs Rio de Janeiro

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Hanoi ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ณ
Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Rio de Janeiro ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 926,426 8,053,663 237,559 6,718,903
Official language(s) English (de facto) Vietnamese Portuguese Portuguese
Level of English Very high Moderate Very High Low
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Nแป™i Bร i International Airport (HAN) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO) Galeรฃo International Airport
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November January, February, October - December May - September January - March, December
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) VND - Vietnamese Dong (โ‚ซ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted in some places. Cash often preferred. Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $1167 $1759 $1833
Rent $1650 $503 $717 $1066
Groceries $243 $151 $148 $95
Dining out $396 $134 $280 $210
Cafe $66 $39 $45 $25
Coworking space $331 $72 $96 $130
Mobile internet $40 $4 $21 $7
Public transportation $110 $20 $95 $33
Taxis $73 $13 $25 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $0 $10 $16
Sport and cultural events $54 $3 $45 $55
Museums and sights $11 $4 $24 $26
Nightlife $124 $89 $66 $54
Gym $62 $57 $56 $31
Yoga $139 $57 $82 $40
Massage $89 $21 $48 $32
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Viettel, Mobifone Vodafone, MEO, NOS Tim, Claro, Vivo
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Not required but appreciated, especially in taxis, restaurants and bars. Round up or add 10%. 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Grab, GoViet Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style 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. A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts. 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 Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Pho, cha ca, Vietnamese coffee, pastries and breads Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros.
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries Noodle Houses, Bakeries, Coffee and Tea Houses, street food Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars 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 30 options on HappyCow 104 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow 54 options on Happy Cow