Istanbul vs Larnaca vs Lviv

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Lviv ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Population 15,520,000 144,900 731,387
Official language(s) Turkish Greek Ukrainian
Level of English Low High Low
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Lviv Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (LWO)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October - December May - September
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) UAH - Ukrainian Hryvnia (โ‚ด)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No
Average monthly costs $821 $2122 $996
Rent $441 $735 $432
Groceries $55 $170 $99
Dining out $101 $283 $163
Cafe $22 $61 $22
Coworking space $61 $226 $86
Mobile internet $4 $38 $4
Public transportation $8 $68 $5
Taxis $8 $45 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $3 $49 $17
Sport and cultural events $14 $31 $14
Museums and sights $19 $9 $9
Nightlife $27 $119 $46
Gym $12 $116 $24
Yoga $29 $114 $33
Massage $18 $59 $29
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Vodafone, Kyivstar
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10% in restaurants, not expected elsewhere
Taxi apps BiTaksi nTaxi Uber, Uklon
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not 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.. Slavic. Emphasis on frilled meats combined with potatoes, carrots, pickles and cabbage. Creamy deserts often elaborated with cottage cheese. Lviv enjoys culinary influences from Kiev (traditional with an emphasis on chicken) and Odessa (various seafood dishes).
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Lviv cheesecake, fish Zupa, Tsivikli, Karmanadli, Banosh, Borscht, Salo, Syrnyky
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. Local grills, themed taverns, local breweries, small bakeries
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 9 options on HappyCow