Madrid vs Mexico City vs Sofia vs Valencia

Madrid ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Mexico City ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Valencia ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ
Population 6,578,0179 8,850,000 1,270,169 834,000
Official language(s) Spanish Spanish Bulgarian Spanish, Valencian
Level of English Moderate Moderate High Moderate
Main airport Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Sofia International Airport (SOF) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit March - May, September - November March - May, October, November April-June, September-October March - June, September, October
Currency EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ) MXN - Mexican Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ) EUR - Euro (โ‚ฌ)
Credit cards Accepted everywhere Widely accepted (less with AMEX) Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes Yes No Yes
Average monthly costs $2498 $1867 $1289 $1976
Rent $1174 $778 $567 $869
Groceries $175 $281 $10 $146
Dining out $313 $182 $227 $292
Cafe $51 $49 $27 $42
Coworking space $196 $159 $140 $152
Mobile internet $10 $25 $10 $16
Public transportation $78 $11 $30 $38
Taxis $44 $9 $12 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $49 $24 $40 $30
Sport and cultural events $54 $81 $18 $73
Museums and sights $20 $20 $12 $44
Nightlife $82 $64 $82 $66
Gym $44 $69 $23 $34
Yoga $142 $65 $62 $87
Massage $64 $51 $29 $45
SIM card options Orange, Movistar, Vodafone Telcel, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 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 Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Uber, Cabify, MyTaxi Free Now Uber TaxiMe, TaxiStars Cabify, FreeNow
Tap water Drinkable Not drinkable Not drinkable Drinkable
Overall cuisine 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. Mediterranean style using vegetables, seafoods and meats
Local food specialities 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 Paella, fideuร , esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local 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. Tapas bars, markets, menu del dia (cheap set lunches)
Vegetarian / vegan options 85 listings on Happy Cow 279 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow 98 listings on Happy Cow