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Nova Scotia, Canada

How much does it cost to travel to Nova Scotia?

You should plan to spend around $112 (CA$151) per day on your vacation in Nova Scotia. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $32 (CA$44) on meals
  • $17 (CA$23) on local transportation
  • $123 (CA$166) on hotels

A one week trip to Nova Scotia for two people costs, on average, $1,571 (CA$2,119). 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
  • 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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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Nova Scotia cost?

A one week trip to Nova Scotia usually costs around $785 (CA$1,059) for one person and $1,571 (CA$2,119) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Nova Scotia on average costs around $1,571 (CA$2,119) for one person and $3,142 (CA$4,238) 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 Nova Scotia will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Nova Scotia on average costs around $3,366 (CA$4,540) for one person and $6,732 (CA$9,080) 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 Nova Scotia 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 Nova Scotia expensive to visit?

Prices in Nova Scotia 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, Nova Scotia is a reasonably affordable destination compared to other places. It is in the top 25% of cities in North America for its affordability. You can find more affordable cities such as Hope, but there are also more expensive cities, such as Key West.

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

How much money do I need for a trip to Nova Scotia?

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) CA$166 ($123)
Local Transportation 1 CA$23 ($17)
Food 2 CA$44 ($32)
Entertainment 1 CA$38 ($28)
Tips and Handouts 1 CA$1 - 3 ($1 - 2)
Alcohol 2 CA$11 - 34 ($8 - 25)
Accommodation Budget in Nova Scotia
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Nova Scotia is $61 (CA$83). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Nova Scotia is $123 (CA$166). 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 Nova Scotia

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

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Transportation Budget in Nova Scotia
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Nova Scotia is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $17 (CA$23) per person, per day, on local transportation in Nova Scotia.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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

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

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  • While meal prices in Nova Scotia can vary, the average cost of food in Nova Scotia is $32 (CA$44) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Nova Scotia should cost around $13 (CA$17) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Nova Scotia is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Nova Scotia
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Nova Scotia typically cost an average of $28 (CA$38) 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.

Tips and Handouts Budget in Nova Scotia
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Nova Scotia is $1.44 (CA$1.94) per day. The usual amount for a tip in Nova Scotia is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Alcohol Budget in Nova Scotia
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $17 (CA$22) on alcoholic beverages in Nova Scotia per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Nova Scotia On a Budget
Nova Scotia Old Town Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
As one of the original four provinces of Canada, Nova Scotia became part of Canada in 1867. With a population of over 900,000 people, 44% of them live in the capital city of Nova Scotia. This region is truly diverse with people of countless ethnic backgrounds calling Nova Scotia home, but the biggest influences come from the early Scottish settlers. It's undoubtedly there even if it's been mixed with the native Mi'kmaq culture and those of other immigrant groups.

When planning your trip, remember that anytime outside of June to October will be extremely frigid, and many businesses will likely be closed.
If it's animals you love, Nova Scotia has plenty of critters for you to visit. The Tobeatic Wilderness and Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is the largest protected wilderness area in Atlantic Canada. Spanning over five counties in southwestern Nova Scotia, the Tobeatic is home to nine rivers and over 120 lakes. Pack a lunch and enjoy an afternoon of canoeing and animal watching. Keep your eyes opened for the chance to see moose, black bears, flying squirrels, bald eagles and more.

Another option is to visit Brier Island in the Bay of Fundy. This unique spot is full of marine life including whales, migrating birds and seals. It is not unheard of to spot rare and endangered plants in this area, as well, as this region is mostly untouched by man.

If human history is more your style, take a trip to the Louisburg National Historic Site. Spend the day letting the costumed tour guides tell you stories of how in 1744 this area was built to protect French interests and served as a base for cod fishing.

The Cape Breton Highlands National Park, and the surrounding area on Cape Breton island are not to be missed. This rustic and scenic area is full of dramatic shorelines, small quaint towns, and cozy bed and breakfasts.
The province of Nova Scotia is divided into several regions known as Cape Breton Island, Halifax Regional Municipality, Annapolis Valley, Cumberland County, South Shore, Northumberland Shore, and Yarmouth and Acadian Shores.

There are several bike tours available along popular areas like Cape Breton's Cabot Trail and the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse route. When riding past, be sure to admire the charming lighthouse sat on granite boulders as the waves crash below. Today, the lighthouse serves as a post office but there is tourist information and a restaurant inside.

A scenic drive can be made by heading south from Halifax towards Peggy's Cove and beyond, all the way down to the southern end of the island. Depending on how much time you have available, follow the coastal roads through all of the small towns along the shore. Each one offers historical buildings, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, small harbors full of fishing boats, and the occasional beach. Highlights include Peggy's Cove, Lunenburg, and the LaHave Islands.

When you're done with that, consider a quaint shopping trip in Mahone Bay. Known as the "sunniest town on the coast," Mahone Bay is full of colorful buildings from the 19th century full of local crafts for you to browse and buy.

If it's a little more adventure you're after, take a trip to Maitland for a day of rafting the tidal bore in an inflatable dingy. If you time it out to the right moon phase, you could be in for the most thrilling ride of your life.
Food and Dining
Given Nova Scotia's interesting mix of cultures, there are dishes of almost every influence. Some dishes can not be missed, though. The donair, based on a Turkish dish, is a spiced beef with tomatoes and onions doused in a sweet white sauce and wrapped up in a warm pita. Many will compare it to a gyro, but the sweet sauce is what makes the donair special, and they are available in most diners and pizza places in Nova Scotia.

If you're packing snacks for your day at Tobeatic, grab a little dulse. Made from local seaweed, this snack is a treat special to this area.

To travel around Nova Scotia it is recommended you have your own car. The highway system here is divided into three sections. Highways 1 to 99 are the original main roads of the region. They connect everything within the province. These are usually two lane roads that run through villages and towns. Highways 101 to 199 are expressways. These provide the faster route, but much like I-95 in the US, these roads don't provide much scenery. These roads typically run parallel to highways 1 to 99, but are four lanes and less appealing to cyclists. Highways 201 to 399 are minor highways through the province.

There are more local paved roads, and scenic trails marked by specific signs. Nova Scotia's layout is pretty simple, but foreigners should always use a map or GPS. Be cautious of conditions in the winter, especially on smaller roads.


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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.