Istanbul vs Larnaca vs Lisbon

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 15,520,000 144,900 517,000
Official language(s) Turkish Greek Portuguese
Level of English Low High Very high
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October - December March - May, September, October
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $803 $2120 $2147
Rent $432 $734 $1045
Groceries $54 $169 $147
Dining out $99 $282 $294
Cafe $22 $61 $40
Coworking space $60 $226 $177
Mobile internet $4 $38 $26
Public transportation $8 $68 $68
Taxis $7 $45 $29
Shared bicycles and scooters $3 $49 $19
Sport and cultural events $13 $30 $32
Museums and sights $18 $9 $26
Nightlife $26 $119 $51
Gym $11 $116 $70
Yoga $28 $114 $70
Massage $18 $59 $54
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Vodafone
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps BiTaksi nTaxi Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well.. Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too. Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 401 listings on Happy Cow