Istanbul vs Madrid vs Mexico City vs Seoul

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Population 15,520,000 6,578,0179 8,850,000 9,963,452
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish Spanish Korean
Level of English Low Moderate Moderate Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, September - November March - May, October, November March - May, September - November
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $1279 $2842 $1907 $2479
Rent $687 $1336 $794 $904
Groceries $86 $200 $287 $404
Dining out $157 $356 $186 $239
Cafe $35 $58 $50 $79
Coworking space $96 $223 $163 $252
Mobile internet $6 $12 $25 $45
Public transportation $12 $89 $11 $46
Taxis $12 $50 $9 $46
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $56 $24 $15
Sport and cultural events $21 $62 $83 $44
Museums and sights $29 $23 $20 $7
Nightlife $42 $94 $65 $105
Gym $18 $50 $70 $79
Yoga $45 $162 $67 $127
Massage $29 $72 $52 $85
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber Uber, Kakao
Tap water Not drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Fresh, regional produce accentuated with garlic and olive oil and mixed with various meats and seafoods. Influenced both by Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern flavors. 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 Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kimchi, bulgogi, chap chae, mandu, sam gae tang, bossam
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Have some tapas and sangria at a tasca and paella at an authentic eatery. Keep an eye on the time and visit a cafeteria for a mid-afternoon merienda and some churros! Markets, food stalls, menรบ del dรญa (cheap set lunch menus) Smaller, local eateries (sikdang), street stalls and local markets
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 85 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow