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Budapest 🇭🇺
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Population 1,768,073 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) Hungarian Turkish Spanish Korean
Level of English High Low Moderate Moderate
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) TRY - Turkish Lira (₺) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (₩)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No No Yes No
Average monthly costs $1584 $1279 $1907 $2479
Rent $643 $687 $794 $904
Groceries $139 $86 $287 $404
Dining out $261 $157 $186 $239
Cafe $38 $35 $50 $79
Coworking space $155 $96 $163 $252
Mobile internet $11 $6 $25 $45
Public transportation $47 $12 $11 $46
Taxis $35 $12 $9 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $17 $5 $24 $15
Sport and cultural events $31 $21 $83 $44
Museums and sights $9 $29 $20 $7
Nightlife $55 $42 $65 $105
Gym $48 $18 $70 $79
Yoga $62 $45 $67 $127
Massage $33 $29 $52 $85
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafés and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine Magyar cuisine makes extensive use of creams, cheeses and sauces primarily in beef, chicken and pork dishes, mixed with seasonal vegetables, fruits and rich desserts. 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 Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Döner, İçli Köfte, Dondurma, Karnıyarık, Turkish delight Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Markets, food stalls, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow