Berlin vs Istanbul

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 3,400,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) German Turkish
Level of English Very high Low
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit May - September April - June, September and October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa Yes No
Average monthly costs $2547 $1518
Rent $1087 $816
Groceries $217 $102
Dining out $314 $186
Cafe $66 $41
Coworking space $202 $114
Mobile internet $27 $7
Public transportation $101 $14
Taxis $68 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $19 $5
Sport and cultural events $74 $25
Museums and sights $42 $35
Nightlife $72 $50
Gym $76 $22
Yoga $115 $53
Massage $65 $34
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber BiTaksi
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow