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Montreal, Quebec, Canada

How much does it cost to travel to Montreal?

You should plan to spend around $213 (CA$288) per day on your vacation in Montreal. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $37 (CA$50) on meals
  • $21 (CA$28) on local transportation
  • $268 (CA$362) on hotels

A one week trip to Montreal for two people costs, on average, $2,985 (CA$4,026). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

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
    $213
    CA$288
  • One Week Per person
    $1,492
    CA$2,013
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $2,985
    CA$4,026
  • One Month Per person
    $6,396
    CA$8,628
  • One Week For a couple
    $2,985
    CA$4,026
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $5,970
    CA$8,053
  • One Month For a couple
    $12,793
    CA$17,256
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Montreal cost?

A one week trip to Montreal usually costs around $1,492 (CA$2,013) for one person and $2,985 (CA$4,026) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Montreal on average costs around $2,985 (CA$4,026) for one person and $5,970 (CA$8,053) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per 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 Montreal will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Montreal on average costs around $6,396 (CA$8,628) for one person and $12,793 (CA$17,256) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Montreal has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Montreal expensive to visit?

Prices in Montreal are reasonable and comparable to your average travel destination. Hotels, food, and sightseeing are generally within normal price ranges.

Within North America, which is known to be an expensive region, Montreal is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Hershey or Denver.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Montreal Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Montreal?

The average Montreal trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Montreal travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) CA$362 ($268)
Local Transportation 1 CA$28 ($21)
Food 2 CA$50 ($37)
Entertainment 1 CA$29 ($21)
Tips and Handouts 1 CA$2 - 6 ($2 - 5)
Alcohol 2 CA$11 - 34 ($8 - 25)
Accommodation Budget in Montreal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Montreal is $134 (CA$181). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Montreal is $268 (CA$362). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $134
    CA$181
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $268
    CA$362

Hotel Prices in Montreal

Looking for a hotel in Montreal? 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 Montreal based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $144. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Montreal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The cost of a taxi ride in Montreal is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $21 (CA$28) per person, per day, on local transportation in Montreal.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $21
    CA$28

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Food Budget in Montreal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Montreal can vary, the average cost of food in Montreal is $37 (CA$50) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Montreal should cost around $15 (CA$20) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Montreal is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $37
    CA$50

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What did other people spend on Food in Montreal?

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


  • Tim Hortons breakfast and coffee
    CA$12


Entertainment Budget in Montreal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Montreal typically cost an average of $21 (CA$29) 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.
    $21
    CA$29

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Montreal?

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


  • Botanical Gardens (family of 4)
    CA$73


Tips and Handouts Budget in Montreal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Montreal is $3.07 (CA$4.14) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Montreal is 10% - 20%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $3.07
    CA$4.14


Alcohol Budget in Montreal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $17 (CA$23) on alcoholic beverages in Montreal per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $17
    CA$23

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What did other people spend on Alcohol in Montreal?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Montreal are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Montreal, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Vodka
    CA$25


Water Budget in Montreal
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $2.01 (CA$2.71) on bottled water in Montreal per day. The public water in Montreal is considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $2.01
    CA$2.71


Montreal On a Budget
Montreal Notre-Dame Basilica
While Quebec City is the political capital of Quebec Province, Montreal is the economic and cultural capital. It's also the second largest city in Canada, with a population of about 1.9 million and 4 million in the metropolitan area. It's the second largest French speaking city in the world behind Paris.

Montreal is a very trendy and vibrant city with an active nightlife and countless activities to enjoy. It's located on an island in the St. Lawrence River and has a humid continental climate. There are four distinct seasons. Summers are warm or hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild and winters are cold and snowy. You can expect about 2 meters of snow every year, but there are also more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually.
Sights
There are plenty of places to visit in Montreal, but it is highly recommended you head to some of the city's parks where you can relax and soak up the atmosphere. This is particularly appealing if you are in the city during the summer months when the weather is most pleasant. Popular parks worth visiting include Square Saint-Louis, Parc Jean Drapeau, Parc Maisonneuve and Jardin Botanique de Montreal, but there are countless more that are popular with locals and tourists alike.

Many of the city's historical sights are found in Old Montreal. Many of these buildings are from the 17th-19th centuries. This is also where you'll find a high concentration of museums such as the Montreal Archeaology and History Complex.

If you're interested in seeing some of the city's famous street art then walk along Saint Laurent Boulevard between Sherbrooke and Laurier metros. There you will find impressive murals and interesting works.
Neighborhoods
The city of Montreal is divided into several districts. Most of the neighborhoods of interest to travelers are in Central Montreal. In the Ville-Marie borough you will find Montreal's downtown area with it's many skyscrapers and museums. In the Old Montreal area you'll see most of the city's historic buildings, and Quartier Latin-Le Village is popular for its restaurants and shopping. Outside of Central Montreal you'll find a few other neighborhoods of interest to travelers. The Little Italy area is known as Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie. The Olympic Park is in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, and in the South West area you'll find Lachine canal and Atwater Market, which is definitely worth a trip.

Activities
If you're in Montreal during the cold winter months then you can enjoy cross country skiing at many of the city's parks. Ice skating is also available at a variety of places.

During the summer months you can enjoy water sports such as kayaking or even river surfing. River surfing has become a popular activity along the Saint Lawrence River, which is frozen solid for many months of the year. There are two main spots where you can river surf: Habitat 67, which is close to the bridge between Montreal and Ile des soeurs, and Montreal Casino.

Also do some research ahead of time and find out if there is a festival going on during your visit. There are a number of interesting festivals and it's a great way to experience some of the city's wonderful and diverse culture.
Food and Dining
As a large and culturally diverse city, Montreal has an excellent restaurant scene. The city has everything from diners and cafes to ethnic restaurants, fast food, or fine dining restaurants. Check out this guide to the best restaurants in Vieux Montreal so that you don't get caught eating bad food at an overly touristy restaurant. There is a large Jewish population that has influenced dining options with local specialties including large beef brisket sandwiches and excellent bagels. You can also find local favorites such as split pea soup and poutine. Being such a large city, a variety of other diverse cuisines are also available as well. Plenty of Vegan restaurants can also be found in Montreal, as well as Asian, European, and even Latin inspired establishments.

If you're on a tight budget, there are many markets where you can buy ingredients to prepare your own meals. The public market at Jean-Talon (7075 Avenue Casgrain) is excellent and has good produce. It's also surrounded by many Italian restaurants and markets. The Atwater Market is also excellent. Although it is smaller, there are many good butchers and a great selection of cheese, fish, and produce available.

Transportation
Getting around Montreal is relatively easy for a larger city. The streets are easy to navigate, and in the more compact areas the most efficient option is simply to walk. You can see a lot of the city by wandering around on foot and simply exploring the neighborhoods.

If you're looking to visit destinations that are farther apart, there's a good public transit system that includes a metro system and buses. As a tourist you can buy full day passes and multi day passes that will save you a significant amount of money.
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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. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.