Buenos Aires vs Istanbul

Buenos Aires ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 2,900,000 15,520,000
Official language(s) Spanish Turkish
Level of English High Low
Main airport Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE) Istanbul Airport (IST)
Most common months to visit September - December April - June, September and October
Currency ARS - Argentine Peso ($) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere. (ID required!) Accepted in most places
Remote worker visa No No
Average monthly costs $1843 $1470
Rent $1178 $790
Groceries $136 $98
Dining out $169 $180
Cafe $35 $40
Coworking space $132 $110
Mobile internet $16 $7
Public transportation $12 $14
Taxis $13 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $19 $5
Sport and cultural events $34 $24
Museums and sights $6 $34
Nightlife $33 $48
Gym $20 $21
Yoga $26 $51
Massage $14 $33
SIM card options Movistar, Claro, Personal Turkcell, Turk Telekom
Tipping 10% at restaurants and cafรฉs is common, not common at bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars
Taxi apps Uber (not official), Cabify, BA Taxi (Spanish only) BiTaksi
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Argentinian style with an emphasis on red meats, pastries, and Italian-inspired options A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish
Local food specialities Asado, empanadas (Argentinian style), locro, milanesa napolitana, facturas and alfajores Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight
Eat like a local Local restaurants serving asados grill-to-dish (Parrillas), markets (San Telmo, Recoleta) and local cafรฉs for matรฉ and facturas Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee
Vegetarian / vegan options 79 options on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow