Travel Budget for British Columbia


How much does it cost to travel to British Columbia?

How much money will you need for your trip to British Columbia? You should plan to spend around CA$153 ($112) per day on your vacation in British Columbia, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, CA$35 ($26) on meals for one day and CA$22 ($16) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in British Columbia for a couple is CA$176 ($129). So, a trip to British Columbia for two people for one week costs on average CA$2,139 ($1,572). 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 British Columbia for one week usually costs around CA$1,069 for one person. So, a trip to British Columbia for two people costs around CA$2,139 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs CA$4,278 in British Columbia. 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 British Columbia can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is British Columbia? How much money do I need for British Columbia?

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

Accommodation Budget in British Columbia
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The average price for one person for accommodation in British Columbia is CA$88. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in British Columbia is CA$176.

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

Hotels in British Columbia

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Transportation Budget in British Columbia
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in British Columbia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent CA$22 per person, per day, on local transportation in British Columbia.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

Rental Cars in British Columbia
The price of renting a car in British Columbia will depends on dates, the type of car, the location, and your age. We recommend Kayak because they can find the best deals across all car rental companies.

Food Budget in British Columbia
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in British Columbia can vary, the average cost of food in British Columbia is CA$35 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in British Columbia should cost around CA$14 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in British Columbia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


Entertainment Budget in British Columbia
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  • Entertainment and activities in British Columbia typically cost an average of CA$48 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.

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Tips and Handouts Budget in British Columbia
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in British Columbia is CA$5.57 per day. The usual amount for a tip in British Columbia is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in British Columbia
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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in British Columbia is CA$1.09.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in British Columbia
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  • The average person spends about CA$13 on alcoholic beverages in British Columbia 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 British Columbia
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  • On average, people spend CA$2.80 on bottled water in British Columbia per day. The public water in British Columbia is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

British Columbia On a Budget
The westernmost province in Canada, British Columbia, is four times the size of Great Britain with less than one tenth of the population. This is due to the vast mountain ranges just ready to be tackled including the Rockies, Selkirks and the Coastal Range. With vibrant cities and ambitious outdoor activities, British Columbia is ready for any traveler.
Those who love the comfort of Mother Nature will love the beauty of British Columbia's Yoho National Park. On the western side of the continental divide separating Alberta and British Columbia, Yoho is full of lakes, waterfalls and, in the winter, it is a haven for ice climbing and other snow sports. Expect to see everything from bears to elk to mountain goats, but be sure to keep your distance and travel in groups.

For just as much beauty, with a bit more danger, visit the Glacier National Park. Located in the Interior Wetbelt region of British Columbia, this park experiences a large amount of precipitation in a year – including snow. This area is dangerous wilderness with near constant avalanche danger. Be sure to explore this magnificent region with the help of a guide.

And let's not forget the draw of the young and fun city of Vancouver. The capital of this province is full of historical buildings, art galleries, refined restaurants, spectator sports and so much more. Just imagine anything you can do and see in a major, international city, and you will find it in Vancouver.
This large province is divided into several regions. Vancouver Island is home to British Columbia's capital city Vancouver, while Lower Mainland includes world-class skiing in Whistler. Beach lovers will want to visit Thompson-Okanagan, and Kootenays provides more nautical fun with lakes, hot springs and rivers. The Canyons and the Cariboo is home to history and ranchlands, while the North and Central Coast is mostly untouched wilderness famous for fishing. Lastly, Northern British Columbia is a large area of mountains, forests and wildernesses with the start of the Fraser River.

British Columbia is home to some of the top winter sports areas in the world. Skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, you name it you can do it in British Columbia. Try the skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb, the largest ski resort in North America. There's also Kimberley, Fernie, Nelson, Kelowna and Rossland.

For a challenging and scenic hike, follow the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail through the Commonwealth Nature Legacy Park. With over 3700 acres including a continuous hiking trail along 47 kilometers of coastline, this eerily beautiful trail is known as the "Graveyard of the Pacific," given the amount of shipwrecks that happened here.

And if that's just not enough for you, visit one of the most famous sites in the entire rock climbing world – the Stawamus Chief of Squamish. This towering, granite has over 600 established routes in the area. Most of them are traditional, but some are known as sport routes including scaling the giant boulders at the base of the Stawamus Chief.
Food and Dining
Given the vast area of British Columbia, you're likely to find different dishes in different areas. Given the amount of tourists the larger cities entertain every year, it's unlikely you'll go hungry.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of the Pacific Northwest is freshness. Chefs meet fishing boats every morning to select the day's catch. In western Canada, chefs are very particular about letting their customers know where their food is from – which farm, which orchard, what bay, etc. Don't miss out on any locally sourced food in British Columbia – especially the seafood!

The most convenient way to get around British Columbia is by air, but it's certainly not the most economical. Getting from the travel hub of Vancouver to anywhere within the province can be as expensive as getting to Europe.

Many of the places you'll want to visit are not accessible by public transportation. Some bus service is available within the cities, but it seems the most popular option is renting your own car. In this region, be sure to use your headlights both day and night. Also, provincial law requires that you prepay for your gas, and many don't accept cash.


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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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