Istanbul vs Mexico City vs Seoul vs Valencia

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Seoul ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 15,520,000 8,850,000 9,963,452 834,000
Official language(s) Turkish Spanish Korean Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Low Moderate Moderate Moderate
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Incheon International Airport (ICN) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October March - May, October, November March - May, September - November March - June, September, October
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) KRW - South Korean won (โ‚ฉ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $1279 $1907 $2479 $2248
Rent $687 $794 $904 $989
Groceries $86 $287 $404 $166
Dining out $157 $186 $239 $333
Cafe $35 $50 $79 $48
Coworking space $96 $163 $252 $173
Mobile internet $6 $25 $45 $18
Public transportation $12 $11 $46 $43
Taxis $12 $9 $46 $48
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $24 $15 $34
Sport and cultural events $21 $83 $44 $83
Museums and sights $29 $20 $7 $50
Nightlife $42 $65 $105 $75
Gym $18 $70 $79 $39
Yoga $45 $67 $127 $99
Massage $29 $52 $85 $51
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom Telcel, Movistar KT, SK Telecom, LG Uplus Vodafone, Orange
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services Not customary or expected Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps BiTaksi Uber Uber, Kakao Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities 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 Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local 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 Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 57 options on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow