Travel budget in Canada

Canada: calculate your travel budget

Canada: sample budgets by traveller type

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Canada for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 75 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 10.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1766* (2128 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 124 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3511* (4228 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 179 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 60 per person
  • $ 31 per person
  • $ 23 per person

Total budget:

$ 5636* (6776 $)

* Estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks. This represents an average across the country (budget may vary depending on the city or region visited).


Cost of living in Canada in 2021

Cost of living: Canada VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Canada in 2021 is 2% higher than in the United States (USA).

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices United States in in the United States (USA) and United States by types of expenses:

Cost of living in Canada by city

See the table below for the variation in the cost of living in different cities in Canada compared to the national average.

Cities /Canada View Details
Whistler 39% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Whistler
Yellowknife 19% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Yellowknife
Grande Prairie 15% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Grande Prairie
Toronto (Ontario) 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Toronto (Ontario)
Corner Brook 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Corner Brook
Lethbridge 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Lethbridge
Vancouver (British Columbia) 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Vancouver (British Columbia)
Ottawa 2% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ottawa
Winnipeg (Manitoba) 4% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Winnipeg (Manitoba)
Calgary 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Calgary
Montreal 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Montreal
Québec City 6% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Québec City

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Local prices in Canada by expense type

Canada: Restaurant budget

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Canada costs 5% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 15/person
($ 9.7 to $ 26)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 16
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 32/person
($ 21 to $ 49)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.8/person
($ 8 to $ 10.4)

9% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.8 for 500ml
($ 3.2 to $ 7)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.9 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 4.8)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.9
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.5/cup
($ 2 to $ 4.8)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.8/can
($ 1.2 to $ 2.4)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4/bottle
($ 1 to $ 2.4)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.6

Canada: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Canada costs 18% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 82/night
($ 69 to $ 100)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 107/night
($ 81 to $ 140)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 140/night
($ 102 to $ 185)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 217/night
($ 164 to $ 280)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 468/night
($ 401 to $ 533)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 102/month
($ 88 to $ 120)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 122
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 169/month
($ 132 to $ 211)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 145/month
($ 107 to $ 195)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 141/month
($ 109 to $ 181)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 149/month
($ 108 to $ 204)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Canada: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Canada is 6% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2/litre
($ 1 to $ 3.6)

125% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.4/500g
($ 1.6 to $ 4.1)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 6.5)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.9/12 eggs
($ 1.8 to $ 4.1)

22% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.4
Chicken
Chicken
$ 11/kg
($ 4.8 to $ 17)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.5
Apples
Apples
$ 3.3/kg
($ 1.4 to $ 5.4)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.6
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.6/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 5.5)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.4
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.3/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 4.4)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.7
($ 0.8 to $ 3.2)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8

Canada: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Canada is 10% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.6/ticket
($ 2 to $ 3.2)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.2
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1.3 to $ 2.9)

4% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.6 to $ 1.3)

34% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.7
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 2.6 to $ 4.8)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Car hire
Car hire
$ 41/24hrs
($ 16 to $ 158)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Canada: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Canada costs 4% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 9.7 to $ 15)

8% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 17/hr
($ 17 to $ 29)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17

Canada: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Canada is 20% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 13/pack
($ 10.4 to $ 17)

48% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.2
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 52
($ 26 to $ 82)

13% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 46
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 21 to $ 65)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 38

Plane ticket budget

London → Toronto (Ontario)
London → Toronto (Ontario)
London → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 490
(fair price: $ 438)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 607
(fair price: $ 532)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 214
(fair price: $ 183)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 275
(fair price: $ 194)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 471
(fair price: $ 384)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 471
(fair price: $ 394)
London → Montreal
London → Montreal
London → Montreal
$ 690
(fair price: $ 536)
New York City → Montreal
New York City → Montreal
New York City → Montreal
$ 281
(fair price: $ 249)
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
$ 259
(fair price: $ 196)
Los Angeles → Montreal
Los Angeles  → Montreal
Los Angeles  → Montreal
$ 579
(fair price: $ 459)
Manchester → Montreal
Manchester → Montreal
Manchester → Montreal
$ 704
(fair price: $ 604)
Toronto (Ontario) → Québec City
Toronto (Ontario) → Québec City
Toronto (Ontario) → Québec City
$ 355
(fair price: $ 303)


About the information on the cost of living in Canada

The information about the cost of living in Canada shown on this page comes from multiple sources, including : Numbeo, Easyvoyage and Hotels.com.

Information about cost of living in Canada updated on 25-09-2021.

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