Austin vs Madrid vs Mexico City vs Sofia

Austin ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
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Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
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Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
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Population 926,426 6,578,0179 8,850,000 1,270,169
Official language(s) English (de facto) Spanish Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Very high Moderate Moderate High
Main airport Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, September - November March - May, October, November April-June, September-October
Currency USD - US Dollar ($) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere Accepted everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $3484 $2498 $1867 $1289
Rent $1650 $1174 $778 $567
Groceries $243 $175 $281 $10
Dining out $396 $313 $182 $227
Cafe $66 $51 $49 $27
Coworking space $331 $196 $159 $140
Mobile internet $40 $10 $25 $10
Public transportation $110 $78 $11 $30
Taxis $73 $44 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $96 $49 $24 $40
Sport and cultural events $54 $54 $81 $18
Museums and sights $11 $20 $20 $12
Nightlife $124 $82 $64 $82
Gym $62 $44 $69 $23
Yoga $139 $142 $65 $62
Massage $89 $64 $51 $29
SIM card options AT&T, T-Mobile. Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 15-20% at restaurants, 1USD or more per drink at cafes and bars Not customary or expected but small tips are appreciated. 10-15% for restaurants, bars and services 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Lyft Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Emphasis on barbecued meats (beef and pork) as well as corn-based dishes and tex-mex, and rich American-style desserts. 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 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.
Local food specialities Frito pie, queso, apple pie, kolaches, BBQ ribs, tacos Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileรฑa, churros Enchiladas, torta de chilaquiles, esquites, quesadillas, tlacoyos, tacos, tostadas Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Local tex-mex restaurants, lunch BBQ joints, taquerias, food trucks, local breweries 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) Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 30 options on HappyCow 85 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow