Istanbul vs Lisbon

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Lisbon ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น
Population 15,520,000 517,000
Official language(s) Turkish Portuguese
Level of English Low Very high
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, September, October
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted almost everywhere (less for AMEX)
Remote worker visa No Yes
Average monthly costs $659 $1984
Rent $354 $965
Groceries $44 $136
Dining out $81 $271
Cafe $18 $37
Coworking space $49 $164
Mobile internet $3 $24
Public transportation $6 $63
Taxis $6 $27
Shared bicycles and scooters $2 $18
Sport and cultural events $11 $29
Museums and sights $15 $24
Nightlife $22 $47
Gym $9 $65
Yoga $23 $65
Massage $15 $50
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Vodafone
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 5-10% for restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber, FreeNow
Tap water Not 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
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight 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 Tascas, snack bars, seafood restaurants
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 401 listings on Happy Cow