Vancouver (British Columbia) travel budget

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Sample budgets for a trip to Vancouver (British Columbia)

These example budgets assume a 2-week holiday in Vancouver (British Columbia) for 2 people.

Low budget
(backpacker)

Daily budget:

  • $ 78 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 9.1 per person
  • Free activities

Total budget:

$ 1768* (2268 $)

Average budget
(traveller)

Daily budget:

  • $ 141 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 36 per person
  • $ 16 per person
  • $ 12 per person

Total budget:

$ 3704* (4732 $)

High budget
(tourist)

Daily budget:

  • $ 210 for 2 ppl.
  • $ 61 per person
  • $ 28 per person
  • $ 24 per person

Total budget:

$ 6049* (7728 $)

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


Cost of living in Vancouver (British Columbia) compared to Canada in 2020

On average, the cost of living in Vancouver (British Columbia) in 2020 is essentially identical to the average cost of living in the United States (USA).

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


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Local prices in Vancouver (British Columbia) by expense type

Restaurant budget in Vancouver (British Columbia)

On average, budget for eating in a restaurant in Vancouver (British Columbia) is 10% 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 $ 47)

0% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 32
McDonald's meal
McDonald's meal
$ 8.1/person
($ 6.6 to $ 12)

8% 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
$ 3.2 for 330ml
($ 1.8 to $ 5.3)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.3
Cappuccino
Cappuccino
$ 3.5/cup
($ 2.6 to $ 4.7)

26% 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
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 1.4/bottle
($ 1.1 to $ 2.3)

13% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.7

Hotel and accommodation budget in Vancouver (British Columbia)

On average, hotel and accommodation budget in Vancouver (British Columbia) is essentially the same as in the United States (USA).
1-star hotel
1-star hotel
$ 90/night
($ 72 to $ 116)

17% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 109
2-star hotel
2-star hotel
$ 127/night
($ 85 to $ 182)

1% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 126
3-star hotel
3-star hotel
$ 155/night
($ 101 to $ 223)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 180
4-star hotel
4-star hotel
$ 266/night
($ 193 to $ 342)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 262
5-star hotel
5-star hotel
$ 409/night
($ 326 to $ 507)

19% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 510
Hotel/Youth Hostel
Hotel/Youth Hostel
$ 89/month
($ 67 to $ 124)

34% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 136
Room with kitchen
Room with kitchen
$ 193/month
($ 121 to $ 275)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 169
Hotel with swimming pool
Hotel with swimming pool
$ 245/month
($ 132 to $ 354)

49% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 165
Cottage or guest house
Cottage or guest house
$ 132/month
($ 85 to $ 188)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 223
Family room
Family room
$ 237/month
($ 162 to $ 337)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 175

Supermarket food budget in Vancouver (British Columbia)

On average, the price of supermarket food in Vancouver (British Columbia) is 8% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Milk
Milk
$ 1.9/litre
($ 1 to $ 3.1)

107% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.9
Bread
Bread
$ 2.7/500g
($ 1.2 to $ 4.7)

10% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Rice
Rice
$ 3.3/kg
($ 1.6 to $ 6.2)

25% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Eggs
Eggs
$ 3.1/12 eggs
($ 2 to $ 4.7)

21% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.6
Cheese
Cheese
$ 16/kg
($ 5.4 to $ 40)

28% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 12
Chicken
Chicken
$ 13/kg
($ 8.1 to $ 18)

36% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 9.1
Apples
Apples
$ 3/kg
($ 1.2 to $ 4.7)

40% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 5.1
Oranges
Oranges
$ 3.2/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 4.7)

28% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.5
Tomatoes
Tomatoes
$ 3.8/kg
($ 1.9 to $ 7.6)

18% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 4.7
Potatoes
Potatoes
$ 2.6/kg
($ 1 to $ 3.8)

14% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3
Salad
Salad
$ 2.4/salad
($ 1.3 to $ 3.8)

30% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.8
Water bottle
Water bottle
$ 2
($ 1.2 to $ 3.1)

1% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.1
Joint of beef
Joint of beef
$ 16/kg
($ 4.7 to $ 24)

18% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14

Public and private transport budget in Vancouver (British Columbia)

On average, the price of transport in Vancouver (British Columbia) is 9% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Bus ticket
Bus ticket
$ 2.3/ticket
($ 1.9 to $ 2.7)

16% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2.8
Bus pass
Bus pass
$ 77/month
($ 75 to $ 109)

9% less 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
($ 1.4 to $ 2.7)

21% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1.9
Petrol
Petrol
$ 1.1/litre
($ 1.1 to $ 1.3)

41% 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)
$ 2.7
($ 2.5 to $ 3.8)

20% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 3.5
Car hire
Car hire
$ 29/24hrs
($ 4.8 to $ 128)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40

Budget for living and housing in Vancouver (British Columbia)

On average, the cost of housing in Vancouver (British Columbia) is 8% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Electricity, water...
Electricity, water...
$ 71/month
($ 36 to $ 132)

60% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 177
Mobile phone
Mobile phone
$ 0.4/min.
($ 0.2 to $ 0.4)

117% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 0.1
Broadband internet
Broadband internet
$ 60/month
($ 40 to $ 94)

18% 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)
$ 1610/month
($ 1387 to $ 1925)

8% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1504
Studio flat (suburbs)
Studio flat (suburbs)
$ 1250/month
($ 1002 to $ 1464)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1203
Flat (centre)
Flat (centre)
$ 2976/month
($ 2464 to $ 3850)

23% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 2437
Flat (suburbs)
Flat (suburbs)
$ 2193/month
($ 1849 to $ 2695)

15% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1911
Gym
Gym
$ 45/month
($ 21 to $ 94)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 42
Private nursery
Private nursery
$ 946/month
($ 694 to $ 1232)

9% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 1048
Private primary school
Private primary school
$ 16938/yr
($ 11549 to $ 22326)

7% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18340

Leisure activity budget in Vancouver (British Columbia)

On average, budget for leisure activities in Vancouver (British Columbia) is 20% cheaper than in the United States (USA).
Cinema
Cinema
$ 12/ticket
($ 10 to $ 16)

12% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 14
Tennis
Tennis
$ 13/hr
($ 13 to $ 23)

27% less than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 18

Budget for clothes and price of cigarettes in Vancouver (British Columbia)

On average, shopping budget in Vancouver (British Columbia) is 14% more expensive than in the United States (USA).
Cigarettes
Cigarettes
$ 13/pack
($ 11 to $ 15)

40% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 8.8
Levi's jeans
Levi's jeans
$ 59
($ 24 to $ 94)

17% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 51
Summer dress
Summer dress
$ 41
($ 21 to $ 63)

2% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 40
Trainers
Trainers
$ 88
($ 63 to $ 116)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 84
Leather shoes
Leather shoes
$ 113
($ 59 to $ 155)

4% more than in the United States (USA)United States Average price in the United States (USA): $ 108

Plane ticket budget

Manchester → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Manchester → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Manchester → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 793
(fair price: $ 666)
Dublin → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Dublin → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Dublin → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 708
(fair price: $ 607)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
London → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 778
(fair price: $ 580)
Sydney → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Sydney → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Sydney → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 1180
(fair price: $ 944)
New York City → Vancouver (British Columbia)
New York City → Vancouver (British Columbia)
New York City → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 445
(fair price: $ 364)
Melbourne → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Melbourne → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Melbourne → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 1157
(fair price: $ 962)
Edinburgh → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Edinburgh → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Edinburgh → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 856
(fair price: $ 688)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Montreal → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 512
(fair price: $ 445)
Los Angeles → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Los Angeles  → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Los Angeles  → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 302
(fair price: $ 253)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Toronto (Ontario) → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 406
(fair price: $ 352)
Auckland → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Auckland → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Auckland → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 1255
(fair price: $ 1066)
Perth → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Perth → Vancouver (British Columbia)
Perth → Vancouver (British Columbia)
$ 1463
(fair price: $ 1191)

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About this information on the cost of living in Vancouver (British Columbia)

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

The information about the cost of living in Vancouver (British Columbia) was updated on 22-05-2020.

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