Budapest vs Larnaca vs Rio de Janeiro vs Valencia

Budapest 🇭🇺
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Population 1,768,073 144,900 6,718,903 834,000
Official language(s) Hungarian Greek Portuguese Spanish, Valencian
Level of English High High Low Moderate
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Larnaca International Airport (LCA) Galeão International Airport Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November March - May, October - December January - March, December March - June, September, October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) EUR - Euro (€) BRL - Brazilian Real (R$) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted everywhere Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1476 $2120 $1721 $2138
Rent $599 $734 $1001 $941
Groceries $129 $169 $89 $158
Dining out $243 $282 $197 $316
Cafe $35 $61 $23 $45
Coworking space $144 $226 $122 $165
Mobile internet $11 $38 $7 $17
Public transportation $44 $68 $31 $41
Taxis $33 $45 $13 $45
Shared bicycles and scooters $16 $49 $15 $33
Sport and cultural events $29 $30 $51 $79
Museums and sights $9 $9 $24 $47
Nightlife $51 $119 $51 $71
Gym $45 $116 $29 $37
Yoga $58 $114 $37 $94
Massage $31 $59 $30 $49
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Primetel, Cytamobile-Vodafone and Epic/MTN Tim, Claro, Vivo Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars 10% usually added and expected at restaurants, round up at bars 10% usually included in restaurants, 10% at bars and cafes with table service is common Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi nTaxi Easy Taxi, 99 Taxi, Uber Cabify, FreeNow
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. Mediterranean style with emphasis on seafood, meats, olives, cheesed and traditional sauces. Some food with Middle Eastern influences as well.. Emphasis on rice, beans, pork and beef with a variety of root vegetables and fresh fruits. Fresh seafood is also very common. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Souvlaki, sheftalia, kleftiko, stifado, halloumi, koukepia and moussaka Feijoada, bolinho de bacalhau, fried sardines, caldo verde, pao de queijo and brigadeiros. Paella, fideuà, esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Opt for smaller, outside eateries and taverns serving traditional foods. Fast food kebab shops and falafel bars offer authentic options, too. The "snack capital" of Brazil, Rio is a perfect place to try street food as well as the wide varieties of small, traditional eateries and churrascarias easily found across the city. Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 47 options on HappyCow 14 options on HappyCow, but non-meat Mediterranean/Middle Eastern options are always available 54 options on Happy Cow 98 listings on Happy Cow