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:

  • $ 72 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 15 per person
  • $ 10 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1695* (2072 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 122 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3408* (4172 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 176 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 56 per person
  • $ 30 per person
  • $ 23 per person

Total budget:

$ 5461* (6678 $)

* 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 2019

Cost of living: Canada VS United States

On average, the cost of living in Canada in 2019 is essentially the same as in United States

The graphic below shows the percentage of variation between prices in Canada in 2019 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 36% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Whistler
Toronto (Ontario) 22% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Toronto (Ontario)
Yellowknife 20% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Yellowknife
Corner Brook 18% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Corner Brook
Fort McMurray 9% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Fort McMurray
Vancouver (British Columbia) 8% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Vancouver (British Columbia)
Montreal 4% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Montreal
Québec City 3% moreTravel budget and cost of living in Québec City
Ottawa 1% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Ottawa
Calgary 3% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Calgary
Winnipeg (Manitoba) 10% lessTravel budget and cost of living in Winnipeg (Manitoba)

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Local prices in Canada by expense type

Restaurant budget in Canada

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Canada costs 7% less than in United States.
Lunch
Lunch
$ 14/person
($ 10.6 to $ 20)

18% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 28/person
($ 22 to $ 36)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 28
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.2/person
($ 6.6 to $ 9.8)

7% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 7.7
Local beer
Local beer
$ 4.9 for 500ml
($ 4.1 to $ 6.6)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.7 for 330ml
($ 1.7 to $ 4.1)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.5/cup
($ 2.5 to $ 4.1)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.4
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.8/can
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4/bottle
($ 0.8 to $ 2)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.6

Hotel and accommodation budget in Canada

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Canada costs 17% less than in United States.
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 79/night
($ 65 to $ 97)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 107
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 106/night
($ 81 to $ 139)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 125
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 138/night
($ 100 to $ 183)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 179
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 214/night
($ 163 to $ 280)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 260
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 453/night
($ 386 to $ 517)

9% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 500
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 101/month
($ 85 to $ 119)

23% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 132
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 171/month
($ 130 to $ 222)

3% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 144/month
($ 106 to $ 196)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 167
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 141/month
($ 109 to $ 182)

35% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 219
Family room
Family room
$ 146/month
($ 108 to $ 200)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 176

Supermarket food budget in Canada

On average, the price of supermarket food in Canada is essentially the same as in United States.
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 3.2)

121% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.4/500g
($ 1.7 to $ 3.2)

16% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Rice
Rice
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.7 to $ 5.7)

21% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.1
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.7/12 eggs
($ 2 to $ 3.9)

11% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Cheese
Cheese
$ 10.2/kg
($ 5.7 to $ 22)

8% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 10.6/kg
($ 6.6 to $ 17)

17% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 4.9)

32% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.8
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 4.9)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.8 to $ 4.9)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 4.3
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.2/kg
($ 0.8 to $ 4.1)

20% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.8
Salad
Salad
$ 2/salad
($ 1.2 to $ 3.2)

21% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.7
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.8
($ 1.1 to $ 2.5)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.9
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 12/kg
($ 7.3 to $ 20)

3% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13

Public and private transport budget in Canada

On average, the price of transport in Canada is essentially the same as in United States.
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.5/ticket
($ 2 to $ 2.9)

6% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2.4
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 79/month
($ 64 to $ 103)

4% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 76
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.6/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.5)

15% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1.8
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1.2)

31% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3.1
($ 2.7 to $ 4.1)

17% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 3.7
Car hire
Car hire
$ 40/24hrs
($ 16 to $ 158)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Canada

On average, the cost of housing in Canada costs 6% less than in United States.
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 121/month
($ 63 to $ 211)

26% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 163
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.4)

119% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 61/month
($ 42 to $ 83)

10% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 69
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1038/month
($ 698 to $ 1640)

24% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1382
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 846/month
($ 575 to $ 1230)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1096
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1671/month
($ 1066 to $ 2460)

25% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 2243
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1357/month
($ 903 to $ 2050)

22% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 1756
Gym
Gym
$ 40/month
($ 22 to $ 63)

0% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 40
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 774/month
($ 410 to $ 1230)

19% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 961
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 11371/yr
($ 4509 to $ 20493)

33% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17191

Leisure activity budget in Canada

On average, budget for leisure activities in Canada costs 7% less than in United States.
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 9.8 to $ 13)

13% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 13
Tennis
Tennis
$ 16/hr
($ 16 to $ 34)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 17

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Canada

On average, shopping budget in Canada is 10% more expensive than in United States.
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 12/pack
($ 9.8 to $ 14)

44% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 52
($ 34 to $ 75)

10% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 47
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 38
($ 26 to $ 59)

5% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 39
Trainers
Trainers
$ 82
($ 59 to $ 106)

2% more than United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 81
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 101
($ 66 to $ 149)

1% less than in United StatesUnited States Average price in United States: $ 102

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Manchester → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Manchester → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 772
(fair price: $ 658)
Manchester → Toronto (Ontario)
Manchester → Toronto (Ontario)
Manchester → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 604
(fair price: $ 529)
Dublin → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Dublin → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Dublin → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 734
(fair price: $ 636)
Edinburgh → Toronto (Ontario)
Edinburgh → Toronto (Ontario)
Edinburgh → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 636
(fair price: $ 535)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 772
(fair price: $ 562)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
Dublin → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 494
(fair price: $ 433)
Edinburgh → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Edinburgh → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Edinburgh → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 823
(fair price: $ 658)
New York City → Vancouver (British Columbia)
New York City → Vancouver (British Columbia)
New York City → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 415
(fair price: $ 355)
Sydney → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Sydney → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Sydney → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 1217
(fair price: $ 980)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 416
(fair price: $ 367)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 531
(fair price: $ 468)
Melbourne → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Melbourne → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Melbourne → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 1204
(fair price: $ 983)
London → Toronto (Ontario)
London → Toronto (Ontario)
London → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 617
(fair price: $ 499)
Los Angeles → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Los Angeles  → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Los Angeles  → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 309
(fair price: $ 263)
Los Angeles → Toronto (Ontario)
Los Angeles  → Toronto (Ontario)
Los Angeles  → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 461
(fair price: $ 403)
Sydney → Toronto (Ontario)
Sydney → Toronto (Ontario)
Sydney → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 1321
(fair price: $ 1106)
Auckland → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Auckland → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Auckland → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 1252
(fair price: $ 1064)
Melbourne → Toronto (Ontario)
Melbourne → Toronto (Ontario)
Melbourne → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 1418
(fair price: $ 1114)
Perth → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Perth → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Perth → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 1511
(fair price: $ 1226)
Perth → Toronto (Ontario)
Perth → Toronto (Ontario)
Perth → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 1700
(fair price: $ 1424)
Auckland → Toronto (Ontario)
Auckland → Toronto (Ontario)
Auckland → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 1550
(fair price: $ 1200)
Montreal → Toronto (Ontario)
Montreal → Toronto (Ontario)
Montreal → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 229
(fair price: $ 204)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
New York City → Toronto (Ontario)
$ 278
(fair price: $ 226)
London → Montreal
London → Montreal
London → Montreal
$ 841
(fair price: $ 551)
Manchester → Montreal
Manchester → Montreal
Manchester → Montreal
$ 735
(fair price: $ 643)
Dublin → Montreal
Dublin → Montreal
Dublin → Montreal
$ 567
(fair price: $ 472)
Los Angeles → Montreal
Los Angeles  → Montreal
Los Angeles  → Montreal
$ 556
(fair price: $ 480)
London → Québec City
London → Québec City
$ 754
(fair price: $ 648)
New York City → Québec City
New York City → Québec City
$ 372
(fair price: $ 323)
Edinburgh → Montreal
Edinburgh → Montreal
Edinburgh → Montreal
$ 744
(fair price: $ 631)
Toronto (Ontario) → Québec City
Toronto (Ontario) → Québec City
$ 308
(fair price: $ 281)
New York City → Montreal
New York City → Montreal
New York City → Montreal
$ 259
(fair price: $ 230)
Sydney → Montreal
Sydney → Montreal
Sydney → Montreal
$ 1525
(fair price: $ 1197)
Melbourne → Montreal
Melbourne → Montreal
Melbourne → Montreal
$ 1418
(fair price: $ 1194)
Los Angeles → Québec City
Los Angeles  → Québec City
$ 631
(fair price: $ 532)
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
Toronto (Ontario) → Montreal
$ 223
(fair price: $ 198)
Montreal → Québec City
Montreal → Québec City
$ 245
(fair price: $ 228)
Manchester → Québec City
Manchester → Québec City
$ 911
(fair price: $ 758)
Dublin → Québec City
Dublin → Québec City
$ 710
(fair price: $ 557)
Auckland → Montreal
Auckland → Montreal
Auckland → Montreal
$ 1569
(fair price: $ 1255)
Edinburgh → Québec City
Edinburgh → Québec City
$ 938
(fair price: $ 772)

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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 07-11-2019.

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