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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

How much does it cost to travel to Calgary?

Budget-Friendly Travel Planning

How much money will you need for your trip to Calgary? You should plan to spend around CA$213 ($157) per day on your vacation in Calgary, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, CA$43 ($32) on meals for one day and CA$17 ($13) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Calgary for a couple is CA$201 ($149). So, a trip to Calgary for two people for one week costs on average CA$2,979 ($2,200). 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 Calgary for one week usually costs around CA$1,489 for one person. So, a trip to Calgary for two people costs around CA$2,979 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs CA$5,957 in Calgary. 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 Calgary can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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

How much does a trip to Calgary cost? Is Calgary cheap or expensive? The average Calgary trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Calgary prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers to find the price of travel in the area.

Accommodation Budget in Calgary
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Calgary is CA$101. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Calgary is CA$201. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

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

Hotel Prices in Calgary

Looking for a hotel in Calgary? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Calgary based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $96. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Calgary
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Calgary is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent CA$17 per person, per day, on local transportation in Calgary.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

Rental Cars in Calgary
The price of renting a car in Calgary 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 Calgary
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Calgary can vary, the average cost of food in Calgary is CA$43 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Calgary should cost around CA$17 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Calgary is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Calgary?

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

  • Bread, Chips, Cheese

Entertainment Budget in Calgary
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Calgary typically cost an average of CA$21 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. 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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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Calgary?

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

  • Stampede Admission (for 2)

Alcohol Budget in Calgary
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about CA$15 on alcoholic beverages in Calgary per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Calgary On a Budget
Calgary Calgary, Canada
Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and, located at the edge of the prairie and foothills, it is a gateway to the Rocky Mountains. If you're headed to Banff or Jasper, this is likely to be your first stop. It's also Canada's fourth largest city and worth a few days visit. Calgary's economy is diverse, but includes energy, financial services, film and television, transportation, technology, manufacturing, and much more.

Calgary's climate is humid continental. Highs in July are around 75 degrees Fahrenheit and highs in January are usually around 27 degrees Fahrenheit. There are over 300 days of sun a year.
There are some wonderful sights throughout Calgary. You should definitely visit Prince's Island Park, which is the city's largest city park. It's an island in the Bow River, and has a handful of wonderful trails. The park also hosts plenty of festivals, particularly in the summer months when the weather is more pleasant.

Barclay Mall is a pedestrian area between Eau claire and Stephen Avenue. This area has plenty of shops and a wonderful atmosphere.

Stephen Avenue Walk is one of the city's most famous streets. It is a National Historic District and has many boutique shops, interesting restaurants, and pubs or bars. The area is traffic free during the day. For more ideas of what to see in this amazing city, check out this guide to the best spots to take photos in Calgary

Other areas worth visiting include Stephen Avenue Walk, Chinatown, the Olympic Plaza, the Glenbow Museum, Calgary Tower, Calgary Zoo, and much more.
There are a handful of neighborhoods that are worth exploring throughout Calgary. The Beltline and 17th Avenue are the trendiest areas with plenty of restaurants, shopping, bars, and clubs. The nightlife in this area is popular among local celebrities and athletes.

If you're looking for some great shopping, head over to Kensington, which is north of the downtown area near the Bow River. It has a bohemian atmosphere, and also has plenty of restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops.

Inglewood is a culturally rich and eclectic area in Calgary that once served as the downtown area. It is also the oldest neighborhood in the city. It's again gaining a trendy feel and has plenty of shops and restaurants, although they are not as dense as the current downtown area.

As a large city, there are many activities that you can enjoy in Calgary. The theater scene is well established, with EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts hosting the city's three most famous professional theater groups. Other theaters in the city include Vertigo Theatre, Theatre Junction, Pumphouse Theatre, Loose Moose Theatre, and Lunchbox Theatre, among others.

For recreational activities, consider visiting Glenmore Reservoir where you can sail, kayak, or canoe. Canada Olympic Park has skiing, snowboarding, luging, and many other winter sports. This is a training facility and lessons are available for many sports.

There are several great shopping areas in Calgary. Inglewood is interesting as there are few chain businesses. The area has many interesting coffee shops, art galleries, or furniture shops. Other area's for shopping include Stephen Avenue, 17 Avenue SW, and Kensington District.

And of course, the city is famous for the Calgary Stampede, a large rodeo-like show with cowboys, horses, and everything "western" that you can imagine.
Food and Dining
There is a wide selection of dining options available in Calgary. The city is very proud of Alberta Beef, and steakhouses are plentiful. The city's diverse population means that there are many different international restaurants, including Asian, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern. In particular, Vietnamese food is very common and usually very affordable. Downtown restaurants can get crowded around noon during the work week. It's best to eat slightly earlier or later.

Calgary has a decent public transportation system and it is not necessary to have a car to get around the city. The system improved dramatically in 1988 when Calgary hosted the Winter Olympics. There's an efficient light rail system that covers the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods. If you're planning to head further into the suburbs you may need to take a bus. Buses are not as frequent as the light rail, but it's an easy system to navigate.

Downtown Calgary is relatively easy to walk around. Most workers use the pathway system, Eau Claire Market area, and Stephne Avenue Mall (8th Avenue) when the weather is pleasant. During the colder months most people use the Plus 15 system which has enclosed walkways between buildings.

Airport Shuttle Express provides shuttle service from the airport and downtown within southern Alberta and into northern Montana. If you are looking for private transportation, you can rent limousines in Calgary from AM PM Limo.
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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.

Budget Your Trip is all about finding out how much everything costs so that you can travel cheaper and longer. Created by avid travelers Laurie and Bryan, our goal is to help you plan your next trip on the right budget. With average daily travel costs that are calculated from the budgets of real travelers, plus an analysis of hotel and tour prices, you can find out how much money you need to plan your next adventure. We also have plenty of travel advice, accommodation reviews, and activity suggestions.

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