Travel Budget for Banff

Alberta, Canada

How much does it cost to travel to Banff?

How much money will you need for your trip to Banff? You should plan to spend around CA$93 ($71) per day on your vacation in Banff, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, CA$31 ($24) on meals for one day and CA$5.71 ($4.35) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Banff for a couple is CA$85 ($64). So, a trip to Banff for two people for one week costs on average CA$1,304 ($994). All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Banff for one week usually costs around CA$652 for one person. So, a trip to Banff for two people costs around CA$1,304 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs CA$2,607 in Banff. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Banff can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Banff? How much money do I need for Banff?

How much does a trip to Banff cost? Is Banff expensive? The average Banff trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Banff prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Accommodation Budget in Banff
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Banff is CA$42. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Banff is CA$85.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Featured Properties

AirBnB Prices in Banff

How much do AirBnB's cost in Banff? Prices vary by location, size of the place, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

What did other people spend on Hotels in Banff?

Typical prices for Accommodation in Banff are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Banff, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Camping

Food Budget in Banff
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  • While meal prices in Banff can vary, the average cost of food in Banff is CA$31 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Banff should cost around CA$13 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Banff is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

What did other people spend on Food in Banff?

Typical prices for Food in Banff are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Banff, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Tea House Lunch for Two
  • Hostel Breakfast
  • McDonalds

Transportation Budget in Banff
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Banff is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent CA$5.71 per person, per day, on local transportation in Banff.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Banff

How much does it cost to go to Banff? Naturally, it depends on the dates. We recommend SkyScanner or Kayak because they can find the best deals across all airlines.

Entertainment Budget in Banff
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  • Entertainment and activities in Banff typically cost an average of CA$14 per person, per day. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

Featured Activities

What did other people spend on Entertainment in Banff?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Banff are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Banff, but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Hot Springs

Alcohol Budget in Banff
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  • The average person spends about CA$10 on alcoholic beverages in Banff per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Banff
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  • On average, people spend CA$0.90 on bottled water in Banff per day. The public water in Banff is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Banff On a Budget
Banff Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Nestled in the pristine and gorgeous mountains of the Alberta Rockies is the popular town of Banff. This town sits right in Canada's Banff National Park and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While the surrounding nature may give the impression of a quiet, little town, Banff is typically crowded with tourists. The beauty of this area is irresistible for travelers from all over the world. This may not be the place for solitude or even an authentic, country experience, you'll still find an unforgettable vacation.
If you'd like to see where it all began, be sure to visit the Cave and Basin National Historic site. This spot is home to the hot sulphur springs and where Canada's National Park system was founded. Take a stroll along their short nature trails or stop by the site of the original bathhouse from 1887.

While wildlife sightings are a pretty common and frequent occurrence in Banff, you may not always get to see the creatures you hoped for. In that case, make a visit to the Banff Park Museum National Historic site. Bear sightings are guaranteed.

The greatest sight, however, in the whole of Banff is the whole of Banff. A trip up the Banff Gondola gives visitors the most stunning views of the Canadian Rockies. As you rise over seven thousand feet, you won't believe the amazing sights in store for you. At the top of the trip, you'll find a restaurant, gift shop, boardwalk and observation deck. Have your cameras ready for the marvelous views at the summit of Sulphur Mountain.

Depending on the time of year you decide to venture to Banff, you'll have your pick of incredible activities. Should you travel during the winter, remember that Banff is home to some of the most exceptional ski resorts in the world. Between the Lake Louise Mountain Resort, the Sunshine Village and the Ski Norquay, take your pick of which hill to tackle first. Bear in mind that all the hills are busier on the weekends. And if you're dying to ski like the locals, you'll wan to select Ski Norquay as your destination.

After a full day of skiing, it might be time for something a little different. The icewalks offered around the park are a perfect opportunity to see a true winter wonderland of frozen waterfalls and rivers. Wrap yourself up and join in on one of the evening tours – complete with hot cocoa and a campfire at the end.

Should you decide the colder months aren't for you, Banff has plenty to do during those warmer summer months. Numerous hiking trails are accessible from the main town along with tours for horseback riding, white water rafting, and so much more.

Not far from the Banff city center are the Blue Canoe docks. Hop into a canoe for a peaceful and serene getaway trip down the Bow River. There's also plenty of canoeing options available on Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.

Wildlife sightings are popular in Banff. Keep your eyes out for a number of different creatures roaming the area in the summertime. While wildlife watching can be a fun activity, please keep your distance. The people of Banff would like to keep their animals wild, and some can be very dangerous. If there are certain animals on your bucket list, it is recommended you book a tour with a guide who knows the area.
Food and Dining
Because this region is so heavily populated with tourists and transient workers, you won't have a problem finding the food you crave. This town is full of pubs, fast food and expensive fine dining. Since you're in Alberta, you'd be missing out if you didn't try at least one steak.

For lengthy hikes, be sure to stock up on snacks and water at the local convenience stores.

Banff is a small town meaning every destination is likely within walking distance. The walks are typically pretty easy and let you discover random adventures around the river, through the forests and up the mountains.

Bicycling is also a popular option given there are several trails leading to fantastic lake and mountain views.

Banff also has a broad public transit system that runs through the town. The routes connect all the area hotels and attractions.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.

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