Istanbul vs Larnaca vs Tbilisi

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Larnaca ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ
Tbilisi ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช
Population 15,520,000 144,900 1,108,700
Official language(s) Turkish Greek Georgian
Level of English Low High Low
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October - December March - June
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) GEL - Georgian Lari (โ‚พ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $803 $2120 $1378
Rent $432 $734 $708
Groceries $54 $169 $105
Dining out $99 $282 $159
Cafe $22 $61 $43
Coworking space $60 $226 $118
Mobile internet $4 $38 $4
Public transportation $8 $68 $8
Taxis $7 $45 $13
Shared bicycles and scooters $3 $49 $26
Sport and cultural events $13 $30 $20
Museums and sights $18 $9 $8
Nightlife $26 $119 $50
Gym $11 $116 $31
Yoga $28 $114 $35
Massage $18 $59 $50
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Magti GSM, Geocell, Beeline
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10% usually included in bill, not expected at bars or cafรฉs.
Taxi apps BiTaksi nTaxi Yandex, Bolt
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.. Cuisine of the Caucasus meets regional diversity in Georgia. Emphasis on spices and meats (poultry, beef, pork and mutton) as well as soups and creams.
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Kachapuri, kuchmachi, khinkali, chikhirtma, kharcho with gomi, jonjoli
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. Small local restaurants, open bars, terraces and wine bars
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 10 options on Happy Cow