Panama City vs Sofia

Panama City ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฆ
Sofia ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ
Population 880,691 1,270,169
Official language(s) Spanish Bulgarian
Level of English Low High
Main airport Tocumen International Airport (PTY) Sofia International Airport (SOF)
Most common months to visit December - April April-June, September-October
Currency PAB - Panamanian Balboa (B/.) BGN - Bulgarian Lev (ะปะฒ)
Credit cards Accepted almost everywhere but not in smaller shops. Accepted everywhere
Remote worker visa Yes No
Average monthly costs $2359 $1289
Rent $1036 $567
Groceries $236 $10
Dining out $371 $227
Cafe $43 $27
Coworking space $157 $140
Mobile internet $21 $10
Public transportation $12 $30
Taxis $48 $12
Shared bicycles and scooters $0 $40
Sport and cultural events $35 $18
Museums and sights $9 $12
Nightlife $117 $82
Gym $37 $23
Yoga $163 $62
Massage $75 $29
SIM card options Claro, Movistar A1, Telenor, Vivacom
Tipping 10% in restaurants, round up elsewhere 10% in restaurants, 1-2 BGN at bars and cafรฉs
Taxi apps Uber, Tu Chofer TaxiMe, TaxiStars
Tap water Not drinkable Not drinkable
Overall cuisine Latin American. Emphasis on rice, beans, coconut, and local fruits and vegetables. Pork and beef are regularly used and influence from the islands gives seafood dishes a prominent spot in Panamanian cuisine. 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 Sancocho de gallina, carimanola, empanadas, tamales panameรฑos, tostones, ropa vieja Kebapche, Bulgarian musaka, lyutenitsa, shkember chorba, kyufte, kavarma, banitsa and tarator
Eat like a local Fondas (roadside stalls), smaller local restaurants, local markets, food trucks Taverns, local BBQ restaurants, local markets and smaller eateries in residential and university areas.
Vegetarian / vegan options 7 options on HappyCow 20 options on HappyCow