Istanbul vs Sofia vs Ubud

Istanbul ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Ubud ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฉ
Population 15,520,000 1,270,169 112,490
Official language(s) Turkish Bulgarian Indonesian and Balinese
Level of English Low High Low
Main airport Istanbul Airport (IST) Sofia International Airport (SOF) Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPA)
Most common months to visit April - June, September and October April-June, September-October May - October
Currency TRY - Turkish Lira (โ‚บ) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ) IDR - Indonesian Rupiah (Rp)
Credit cards Accepted in most places Accepted everywhere Accepted in some places
Remote worker visa No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1279 $1467 $1410
Rent $687 $645 $680
Groceries $86 $12 $155
Dining out $157 $258 $10
Cafe $35 $31 $29
Coworking space $96 $159 $109
Mobile internet $6 $12 $3
Public transportation $12 $34 $55
Taxis $12 $14 $14
Shared bicycles and scooters $5 $46 $35
Sport and cultural events $21 $21 $14
Museums and sights $29 $13 $9
Nightlife $42 $93 $122
Gym $18 $26 $75
Yoga $45 $70 $90
Massage $29 $33 $10
SIM card options Turkcell, Turk Telekom A1, Telenor, Vivacom Telkomsel, XL Axiata
Tipping Tip 5-10% in restaurants, cafรฉs and bars 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs Tip 5 - 10% in restaurants if service charge is not included in the bill
Taxi apps BiTaksi TaxiMe, TaxiStars Grab, GoJek
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine A fusion of cultures creates diverse dishes with bulgur, koftes, stews, eggplants and fish Vegetables and mild spices are often mixed with dairy products to create rich chicken and pork products. Seafood dishes also popular in some regions of the country, making them popular in the capital. Balinese foods revolve on the complex flavors from certain ingredients like fresh vegetables, meat, coconut milk, and time-tested spices mixture.
Local food specialities Dรถner, ฤฐรงli Kรถfte, Dondurma, Karnฤฑyarฤฑk, Turkish delight Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator Satay, nasi goreng, gado-gado, martabak, bubur sumsum
Eat like a local Traditional breakfasts, street stalls for simit, lahmacun and kokorec, Turkish coffee Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas. Warung for authentic babi guling and bebek betutu, cafes for kopi luwak, street stalls for pisang goreng, nasi campur, and sate lilit
Vegetarian / vegan options 59 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow 255 listings on Happy Cow