Budapest vs Medellin vs Sofia vs Valencia

Budapest 🇭🇺
Medellin 🇨🇴
Sofia 🇧🇬
Valencia 🇪🇸
Population 1,768,073 2,427,000 1,270,169 834,000
Official language(s) Hungarian Spanish Bulgarian Spanish, Valencian
Level of English High Low High Moderate
Main airport Budapest Ferihegy International Airport (BUD) José María Córdova International Airport (MDE) Sofia International Airport (SOF) Valencia Manises Airport (VLC)
Most common months to visit March - June, September - November January - April, December April-June, September-October March - June, September, October
Currency HUF - Hungarian Forint (Ft) COP - Colombian Peso ($) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (лв) EUR - Euro (€)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere, cash needed for small shops Accepted in some places Accepted everywhere Accepted almost everywhere
Remote worker visa No No No Yes
Average monthly costs $1230 $1293 $1289 $1976
Rent $499 $732 $567 $869
Groceries $108 $87 $10 $146
Dining out $202 $131 $227 $292
Cafe $29 $18 $27 $42
Coworking space $120 $96 $140 $152
Mobile internet $9 $16 $10 $16
Public transportation $36 $21 $30 $38
Taxis $27 $14 $12 $42
Shared bicycles and scooters $13 $0 $40 $30
Sport and cultural events $24 $8 $18 $73
Museums and sights $7 $9 $12 $44
Nightlife $43 $73 $82 $66
Gym $37 $15 $23 $34
Yoga $48 $54 $62 $87
Massage $26 $20 $29 $45
SIM card options Vodafone, Telenor Claro, Tigo A1, Telenor, Vivacom Vodafone, Orange
Tipping 10 - 15% at restaurants and bars Tip 10% in restaurants 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafés Round up for good service at restaurants, not common at bars
Taxi apps Bolt, Fotaxi EasyTaxi TaxiMe, TaxiStars 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. A blend of indigenous and European traditions with rice, maize, cassava, assorted legumes, and meats 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 Goulash, Fisherman's soup, Főzelék, Somloi Galuska, Pörkölt and Paprikás, Kürtös Kalács, Hungarian Lecsó, Lángos Bandeja paisa, ajiaco, mondongo, empanada, and arepa Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator Paella, fideuà, esgarrat, orxata, bunyols
Eat like a local Local markets, cafés, taverns, street food, traditional restaurants Street stalls for empanada and arepa with cheese, restaurants for traditional Colombian food 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 47 options on HappyCow 153 listings on Happy Cow 20 options on HappyCow 98 listings on Happy Cow