Istanbul vs Lisbon vs Porto

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
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Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Porto ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
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Population 15,520,000 517,000 237,559
Official language(s) Turkish Portuguese Portuguese
Level of English Low Very high Very High
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS) Francisco Sรก Carneiro International Airport (OPO)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, September, October May - September
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes
Average monthly costs $1236 $2197 $1947
Rent $664 $1069 $794
Groceries $83 $150 $164
Dining out $152 $300 $310
Cafe $34 $40 $50
Coworking space $93 $181 $106
Mobile internet $6 $27 $23
Public transportation $12 $69 $105
Taxis $11 $30 $28
Shared bicycles and scooters $4 $20 $12
Sport and cultural events $20 $32 $50
Museums and sights $28 $27 $27
Nightlife $41 $52 $73
Gym $18 $72 $62
Yoga $43 $72 $91
Massage $28 $55 $53
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone Vodafone, MEO, NOS
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars 5-10% at restaurants if happy with service, not expected at cafes or bars
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber, FreeNow Uber, MyTaxi, Cabify
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Fresh seafood, meats, soup, sausages and famous pastries A variety of meats often mixed with fresh legumes and vegetables. Emphasis on rich seafood dishes and creamy desserts.
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Bacalhau ร  bras, sardinhas, petiscos, leitรฃo, polvo ร  lagareiro, pasteis de nata, bifana Bacalhau, Alheira de Mirandela, Francesinha, queido da serra da estrela, tripas a moda do Oporto, pasteis de chaves, tarte de amendoa
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants Local taverns, terraces, markets, tascas, churrascarias and local sports bars
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow 46 options on Happy Cow