Budapest vs Madrid vs Mexico City vs Sofia

Budapest 🇭🇺
Madrid 🇪🇸
Mexico City 🇲🇽
Sofia 🇧🇬
Population 1,768,073 6,578,0179 8,850,000 1,270,169
Official language(s) Hungarian Spanish Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English High Moderate Moderate High
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November March - May, September - November March - May, October, November April-June, September-October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) EUR - Euro (€) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa No Yes Yes No
Average monthly costs $1230 $2498 $1867 $1289
Rent $499 $1174 $778 $567
Groceries $108 $175 $281 $10
Dining out $202 $313 $182 $227
Cafe $29 $51 $49 $27
Coworking space $120 $196 $159 $140
Mobile internet $9 $10 $25 $10
Public transportation $36 $78 $11 $30
Taxis $27 $44 $9 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $13 $49 $24 $40
Sport and cultural events $24 $54 $81 $18
Museums and sights $7 $20 $20 $12
Nightlife $43 $82 $64 $82
Gym $37 $44 $69 $23
Yoga $48 $142 $65 $62
Massage $26 $64 $51 $29
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants 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 cafés
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Drinkable Drinkable Not drinkable Not 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. 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 Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Paella, tapas, tortilla, gazpacho, pulpo a la gallega, callos a la madrileña, 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 markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants 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, menú del día (cheap set lunch menus) Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
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