Ottawa travel budget

Ottawa: calculate your travel budget

Sample budgets for a trip to Ottawa

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

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 42 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 14 per person
  • $ 11 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1269* (1624 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 119 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 34 per person
  • $ 17 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3413* (4368 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 176 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 60 per person
  • $ 29 per person
  • $ 24 per person

Total budget:

$ 5571* (7126 $)

* estimated local budget for 2 people for 2 weeks (excluding plane tickets).


Cost of living in Ottawa compared to Canada in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Ottawa in 2020 is 9% less than the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

See the graphic below for the price variation percentage by type of expense in Ottawa in 2020 compared to average prices in the United States (USA):


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Local prices in Ottawa by expense type

Restaurant budget in Ottawa

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Ottawa is 16% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Lunch
Lunch
$ 14/person
($ 9.2 to $ 21)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 17
3 course dinner
3 course dinner
$ 32/person
($ 24 to $ 40)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 7.6/person
($ 6.2 to $ 11)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Local beer
Local beer
$ 5.4 for 500ml
($ 3.8 to $ 6.9)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.5
Imported beer
Imported beer
$ 2.4 for 330ml
($ 1.6 to $ 3.8)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.2/cup
($ 2.3 to $ 3.8)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Fizzy drink
Fizzy drink
$ 1.7/can
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.3/bottle
($ 0.7 to $ 1.9)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Hotel and accommodation budget in Ottawa

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Ottawa is 22% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 42/night
($ 42 to $ 42)

61% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 110/night
($ 85 to $ 138)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 128/night
($ 90 to $ 170)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 223/night
($ 158 to $ 293)

15% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 483/night
($ 483 to $ 483)

5% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 110/month
($ 78 to $ 140)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 146/month
($ 107 to $ 188)

13% 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
$ 151/month
($ 94 to $ 226)

8% 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
$ 95/month
($ 72 to $ 122)

57% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 171/month
($ 114 to $ 256)

2% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Ottawa

On average, the price of supermarket food in Ottawa is 11% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1 to $ 3.1)

109% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.3/500g
($ 1.6 to $ 3.1)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 2.9/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 4.7)

36% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 2.4/12 eggs
($ 1.7 to $ 3.5)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 9.2/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 18)

23% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 10.6/kg
($ 8.1 to $ 15)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 5.6)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.7)

26% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 2.7/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 4.2)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 1.8/kg
($ 0.7 to $ 3.3)

42% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 1.9/salad
($ 1.2 to $ 2.3)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4
($ 0.7 to $ 1.9)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 13/kg
($ 6.9 to $ 21)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Public and private transport budget in Ottawa

On average, the price of transport in Ottawa is 9% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.7/ticket
($ 2.7 to $ 2.9)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 93/month
($ 91 to $ 94)

10% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Taxi (per km)
Taxi (per km)
$ 1.4/km
($ 1.2 to $ 2.7)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1/litre
($ 0.8 to $ 1)

14% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.8
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
Taxi (initial pick-up charge)
$ 3
($ 2.6 to $ 3.8)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 24/24hrs
($ 8.4 to $ 89)

39% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Ottawa

On average, the cost of housing in Ottawa is 17% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 109/month
($ 53 to $ 174)

38% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.2/min.
($ 0.1 to $ 0.2)

42% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 51/month
($ 40 to $ 70)

31% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 73
Studio flat (city centre)
Studio flat (city centre)
$ 1131/month
($ 886 to $ 1502)

24% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1504
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 893/month
($ 694 to $ 1156)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1203
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 1929/month
($ 1541 to $ 2310)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2437
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 1491/month
($ 1291 to $ 1849)

22% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1911
Gym
Gym
$ 46/month
($ 28 to $ 63)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 867/month
($ 617 to $ 1232)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1048
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 10818/yr
($ 7699 to $ 19246)

41% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18340

Leisure activity budget in Ottawa

On average, budget for leisure activities in Ottawa is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 9.9 to $ 14)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 21/hr
($ 21 to $ 35)

16% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Ottawa

On average, shopping budget in Ottawa is 9% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 12/pack
($ 10 to $ 15)

31% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 53
($ 32 to $ 70)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 44
($ 24 to $ 66)

7% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 82
($ 47 to $ 116)

3% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 112
($ 63 to $ 155)

3% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

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About this information on the cost of living in Ottawa

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

The information about the cost of living in Ottawa was updated on 22-05-2020.

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