Berlin vs Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Seoul

Berlin ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช
Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 3,400,000 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) German Turkish Spanish Korean
Level of English Very high Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Berlin Tegel (TXL) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit May - September April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted in some places but cash often preferred Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No Yes No
Average monthly costs $2504 $1279 $1907 $2479
Rent $1069 $687 $794 $904
Groceries $214 $86 $287 $404
Dining out $309 $157 $186 $239
Cafe $65 $35 $50 $79
Coworking space $198 $96 $163 $252
Mobile internet $26 $6 $25 $45
Public transportation $100 $12 $11 $46
Taxis $67 $12 $9 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $19 $5 $24 $15
Sport and cultural events $72 $21 $83 $44
Museums and sights $42 $29 $20 $7
Nightlife $71 $42 $65 $105
Gym $75 $18 $70 $79
Yoga $113 $45 $67 $127
Massage $64 $29 $52 $85
SIM card options Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Round up for restaurants, not common for bars and services Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Mytaxi, Uber BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Heavy and hearty meals with plenty of meat, potatoes and bread A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Corn, beans, tortillas and chili peppers typically alongside meat and cheese Emphasis on rice, vegetables, spices and meats. Main dishes are coupled with diverse side dishes and desserts. Strong driking culture.
Local food specialities Currywurst, spรคtzle, kรถnigsberger klopse, schnitzel, eisbein, doner kebab, pretzels Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Brew pubs, cafes, bars, deli shops Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 844 listings on Happy Cow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow