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How much money will you need for your trip to Vancouver? You should plan to spend around CA$155 ($116) per day on your vacation in Vancouver, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, CA$34 ($26) on meals for one day and CA$13 ($9.71) on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Vancouver for a couple is CA$191 ($142). So, a trip to Vancouver for two people for one week costs on average CA$2,174 ($1,622). 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 Vancouver for one week usually costs around CA$1,087 for one person. So, a trip to Vancouver for two people costs around CA$2,174 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs CA$4,347 in Vancouver. 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 Vancouver can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

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

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

Accommodation Budget in Vancouver
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The average price for one person for accommodation in Vancouver is CA$95. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price for a hotel room in Vancouver is CA$191.

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

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Transportation Budget in Vancouver
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Vancouver is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent CA$13 per person, per day, on local transportation in Vancouver.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Flights to Vancouver
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Vancouver?

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

  • SkyTrain from Airport
  • Taxi from Airport to Downtown
  • 15 min Taxi Ride
  • SkyTrain DayPass

Food Budget in Vancouver
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Vancouver can vary, the average cost of food in Vancouver is CA$34 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Vancouver 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 Vancouver is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Vancouver?

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

  • All You Can Eat Sushi Lunch

Entertainment Budget in Vancouver
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  • Entertainment and activities in Vancouver typically cost an average of CA$40 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 Vancouver
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  • The average price for Tips and Handouts in Vancouver is CA$5.88 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Vancouver is 10% - 20%.

  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers

Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Vancouver
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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 Vancouver is CA$1.50.

  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1

Alcohol Budget in Vancouver
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  • The average person spends about CA$17 on alcoholic beverages in Vancouver 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 Vancouver
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  • On average, people spend CA$3.76 on bottled water in Vancouver per day. The public water in Vancouver is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Last Updated: Aug 27, 2022
Vancouver On a Budget
Vancouver Vancouver Skyline at Night
Vancouver is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city in Western Canada. It is also the largest city in British Columbia, and is dramatically positioned between the coast and mountains. It's a very international city, with a high level of energy and countless activites that you can enjoy while you're in town. In addition to offering all of the activities and entertainment of a modern city, it is also in jumping off distance to any number of outdoor activities.

Vancouver's climate is temperatue and oceanic. It is Canada's warmest city during the winter months and one of the coolest during the summer months. Summer highs are in the low to mid 70s Fahrenheit and winter lows hover around freezing. The summer season is dry while the winter season can be very damp. There are about 11 snow days a year, but snow does not linger long.
Vancouver is a city that's fun to explore. The city is quite beautiful and the neighborhoods are unique and diverse. If you're looking for specific sights and attractions, there are a good number of cultural or outdoor places that you can visit. Popular attractions around town include the Museum of Anthropology, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Vancouver Public Library, the Contemporary Art Gallery, the Telus World of Science, the BC Sports Hall of Fame and the Vancouver Aquarium. Canada Place, the Marine Building, and the old luxury railway hotel of the Hotel Vancouver all have interesting architecture. Interesting parks and gardens include Stanley Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Queen Elizabeth Park, Nitobe Memorial Garden, and UBC Botanical Garden.
The city itself is divided into three main districts: downtown, the westside and east van. The downtown area is where you will likely spend most of your time as a tourist. It has most of the city's attractions, the most architecturally beautiful buildings, and restaurants and shopping that is world class. You'll also find neighborhoods here such as Chinatown, and Stanley Park.

Westside is another popular destination because of it's markets on Granville Island, the beaches around town, and the many museums and restaurants.

East Van is a predominantly residential district. You'll find a large number of ethnic restaurants along Commercial Drive. The area also has a very artsy and eclectic vibe with plenty of independent coffee shops.

Vancouver is a city where people love to be outdoors. There are any number of places where you can walk, run, or rollerblade. There are also a large number of cyclists in the city, and the design is very inviting for bicyclists. If you head outside of the city you'll find a number of places that are popular for skiing or snowboarding as well. And if you have a few days, check out this great two-day itinerary for Vancouver.

If you'd like to attend a sporting event your options include hockey, Canadian football, soccer, baseball, and even roller derby.

Famous festivals in the city include Chinese New Year, the Dragon Boat Festival, EAT! Vancouver, the Vancouver International Film Festival, Theatre Under the Stars, and Khatsalano Music and Arts Festival.

And if you're looking to get away from the city for a little while, plenty of destinations await. Grouse Mountain, Victoria, and Whistler are a few of the more popular places. For more ideas, see this list of day trips from Vancouver.
Food and Dining
Dining in Vancouver is an experience in and of itself. You'll find a range of restaurants that are wonderful and include many different ethnic options. If you're looking for a cheap bite to eat, at lunch you can enjoy "all you can eat" sushi places for around twelve dollars. Street food has also taken off in recent years. There are food carts and trucks around the downtown area that offer unique and affordable options. There's also no shortage of seafood throughout the city, but be warned that prices can vary dramatically. It is best to avoid the touristy areas where prices are much higher, while quality is dramatically lower.

There's a large number of restaurants in Kitsilano or the West End. High end restaurants are concentrated in the central business district along Robson Street. There are also some great options within the nicer hotels. For ethnic restaurants head to East Van. Dim sum is a popular option in Vancouver. The city has some of the best dim sum restaurants in the world and reservations are recommended.

Vancouver has an excellent public transit system and this is really your best option for traveling around town. The system is run by a regional transportation authority and includes buses, rapid transit (SkyTrain), and a passenger ferry (SeaBus). The buses have the most comprehensive coverage and travel along most of the city's larger streets. The SkyTrain connects the city's downtown area with the southern and eastern suburbs. The Expo line goes through Burnaby and New Westminster to King George station in Surrey. The Millennium line splits from the Expo line at New Westminster and loops back through Burnaby into Vancouver before stopping at VCC/Clark. The Canada Line connects downtown with Richmond and Vancouver Airport.

The SeaBus is a passenger ferry that travels between Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver. There are departures every 15 minutes during peak times.

Vancouver is also a great city for cyclists. There are popular bike routes around town that go along Stanley Park, False Creek, and Kitsilano. There are also routes that connect through most of the city and maps are provided by the City of Vancouver.
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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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Travel Tips

Free Bus To Grouse Grind

By jess_lynn in Intercity Transportation
If you go outside the waterfront station for the Vancouver transit system there will be free buses that go to North Vancouver. One goes to Grouse Grind and the other to the suspension bridges, they run from 9 am to 5:30 pm I believe. Not sure if they are based on season and weather. You can ride them free back to the centre area too. I believe you need to go West out of the waterfront station there will be signs and people promoting.

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