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:

  • $ 101 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 10.5 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 2177* (2660 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 137 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 41 per person
  • $ 18 per person
  • $ 13 per person

Total budget:

$ 3891* (4746 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 196 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 69 per person
  • $ 32 per person
  • $ 25 per person

Total budget:

$ 6250* (7616 $)

* 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 2023

Cost of living: Canada VS United States

Compare with the average cost of living in:

On average, the cost of living in Canada in 2023 is 5% less 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
Saint John 55% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Saint John
Canmore 39% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Canmore
Yellowknife 32% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Yellowknife
Cranbrook 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Cranbrook
Whistler 13% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Whistler
Whitehorse (Yukon) 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Whitehorse (Yukon)
Vancouver (British Columbia) 11% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Vancouver (British Columbia)
Toronto (Ontario) 10% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Toronto (Ontario)
Victoria 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Victoria
Ottawa 7% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Ottawa
Calgary 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Calgary
Montreal 6% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Montreal
Québec City 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Québec City
Halifax 2% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Halifax
Winnipeg (Manitoba) 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Winnipeg (Manitoba)
Edmonton 5% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Edmonton
Sherbrooke 11% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Sherbrooke

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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 11% less than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 17/person
($ 13 to $ 34)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 19
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 36/person
($ 26 to $ 63)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 9.8/person
($ 8.1 to $ 13)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5.7 for 500ml
($ 3.2 to $ 7.4)

5% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 3.2 for 330ml
($ 1.9 to $ 5.7)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.7
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.8/cup
($ 2 to $ 5.7)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 2/can
($ 1.4 to $ 2.9)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.5
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.7/bottle
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2

Canada: Hotel and accommodation budget

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Canada costs 19% less than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 108/night
($ 94 to $ 125)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 120/night
($ 88 to $ 164)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 146
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 155/night
($ 114 to $ 205)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 208
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 237/night
($ 175 to $ 322)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 305
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 525/night
($ 446 to $ 612)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 653
Hostel/Youth Hostel
Hostel/Youth Hostel
$ 112/month
($ 101 to $ 124)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 131
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 186/month
($ 146 to $ 236)

6% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 198
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 157/month
($ 113 to $ 224)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 187
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 146/month
($ 113 to $ 193)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 250
Family room
Family room
$ 161/month
($ 113 to $ 236)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 192

Canada: Supermarket food budget

On average, the price of supermarket food in Canada costs 6% less than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 2.2/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 4.1)

94% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Bread
Bread
$ 2.6/500g
($ 1.7 to $ 4.1)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.6
Rice
Rice
$ 3.3/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 6.6)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.3/12 eggs
($ 2.2 to $ 4.9)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.3
Chicken
Chicken
$ 12/kg
($ 5.7 to $ 20)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Apples
Apples
$ 3.9/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 6.6)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.9/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 6.6)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.9
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.5/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 4.9)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.9
($ 0.8 to $ 3.2)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1

Canada: Public and private transport budget

On average, the price of transport in Canada is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.6/ticket
($ 2 to $ 3.2)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.7
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.7/km
($ 1.3 to $ 3.2)

11% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.6/litre
($ 1.2 to $ 1.8)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.1
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.2
($ 2.7 to $ 5.5)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.8
Car hire
Car hire
$ 38/24hrs
($ 17 to $ 108)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 39

Canada: Leisure activity budget

On average, budget for leisure activities in Canada costs 8% less than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 13/ticket
($ 9.8 to $ 17)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 20/hr
($ 20 to $ 34)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 21

Canada: Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes

On average, shopping budget in Canada is 14% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 14/pack
($ 12 to $ 17)

35% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.9
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 58
($ 29 to $ 87)

11% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 52
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 40
($ 22 to $ 66)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 41

Plane ticket budget

London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 598
(fair price: $ 548)
London → Toronto (Ontario)
London → Toronto (Ontario)
London → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 490
(fair price: $ 463)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 219
(fair price: $ 198)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 488
(fair price: $ 433)
Montreal → Toronto (Ontario)
Montreal → Toronto (Ontario)
Montreal → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 223
(fair price: $ 168)
Manchester → Toronto (Ontario)
Manchester → Toronto (Ontario)
Manchester → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 606
(fair price: $ 562)
New York City → Montreal
New York City → Montreal
New York City → Montreal
$ 281
(fair price: $ 253)
London → Montreal
London → Montreal
London → Montreal
$ 561
(fair price: $ 502)
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
$ 232
(fair price: $ 181)
Toronto (Ontario) → Québec City
Toronto (Ontario) → Québec City
Toronto (Ontario) → Québec City
$ 329
(fair price: $ 282)
Manchester → Montreal
Manchester → Montreal
Manchester → Montreal
$ 707
(fair price: $ 603)
New York City → Québec City
New York City → Québec City
New York City → Québec City
$ 365
(fair price: $ 291)


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 27-01-2023.

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