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Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

How much does it cost to travel to Whistler?

You should plan to spend around $125 (CA$172) per day on your vacation in Whistler. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $30 (CA$41) on meals
  • $20 (CA$27) on local transportation
  • $130 (CA$179) on hotels

A one week trip to Whistler for two people costs, on average, $1,750 (CA$2,402). 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
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  • 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 Whistler cost?

A one week trip to Whistler usually costs around $875 (CA$1,201) for one person and $1,750 (CA$2,402) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Whistler on average costs around $1,750 (CA$2,402) for one person and $3,501 (CA$4,803) 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 Whistler will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Whistler on average costs around $3,751 (CA$5,146) for one person and $7,501 (CA$10,293) 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 Whistler 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 Whistler expensive to visit?

Prices in Whistler 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, Whistler 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 Vernon, 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 Whistler Expensive?

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

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

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) CA$179 ($130)
Local Transportation 1 CA$27 ($20)
Food 2 CA$41 ($30)
Entertainment 1 CA$108 ($78)
Alcohol 2 CA$6 - 18 ($4 - 13)
Accommodation Budget in Whistler
Average Daily Costs

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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Whistler is $65 (CA$89). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Whistler is $130 (CA$179). 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 Whistler

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Whistler based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $249. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Whistler
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Whistler is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $20 (CA$27) per person, per day, on local transportation in Whistler.

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

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Food Budget in Whistler
Average Daily Costs

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  • While meal prices in Whistler can vary, the average cost of food in Whistler is $30 (CA$41) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Whistler should cost around $12 (CA$17) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Whistler is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day


What did other people spend on Food in Whistler?

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

  • Coffee at Starbucks
  • Tim Hortons Breakfast
  • Coffee at Timmy's

Entertainment Budget in Whistler
Average Daily Costs

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  • Entertainment and activities in Whistler typically cost an average of $78 (CA$108) 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 Whistler?

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

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Alcohol Budget in Whistler
Average Daily Costs

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  • The average person spends about $8.76 (CA$12) on alcoholic beverages in Whistler per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day


Last Updated: Aug 27, 2022
Whistler On a Budget
Whistler Whistler Village
Located in the province of British Columbia in Canada, Whistler is most famous as the largest ski area in North America. It is also only a short distance from the city of Vancouver, and offers countless opportunities for snow boarding and other winter sports. The town has a permanent population of almost 10,000 and there is a larger seasonal population of workers that come from all over the world. Whistler is a major travel destination with more than two million people visiting the town yearly. As such, there are countless amenities available to visitors. Hotels can vary dramatically in price and quality. There are some budget options, including a couple of hostels in the area, but most people do not visit Whistler as a budget travel destination. It's usually an expensive vacation, but few would argue that it isn't worth the cost.

Whistler's climate has cold and wet winters and dry and warm summers. There is a decent amount of yearly snow and winter temperatures hover around freezing during the day. You can expect snow to be on the ground between December and early April.
Whistler is more about winter sports and activities than it is about specific sights. In general, the area is very beautiful with breathtaking views throughout. The Whistler and Blackcomb Gondolas run year around (with closures for maintenance in October and early November) and offer great views. A visit to Brandywine Falls Provincial Park is also worth the effort. There is a 70 meter waterfall that is a short 15 minute walk from the parking lot.
While the town of Whistler is somewhat sprawling, as a tourist you're likely to spend most of your time in the quaint villages that have sprung up around the base of the ski lifts. You'll find most of the area's restaurants, hotels, and shopping in Whistler Village, the Upper Village, and Whistler Creekside (Old Alpha Lake). These villages are at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb. Village North, or Blackcomb Village, is located at the old base of Blackcomb. It is small, but still has a few amenities. At the old Olympic Village there is a newer town called Cheackamus. This is about 20 minutes from Whistler Village and is where you'll find the Whistler hostel. About 20 minutes north of the Whistler town limits is the town of Pemberton. This is a quiet community where many of the area's workers live.

A visit to Whistler is centered around outdoor activities and winter sports. Some favorites of the area include cross country skiing, snowboarding, and downhill skiing. Whistler Blackcomb is an excellent destination if you're interested in skiing or boarding. For backcountry skiing and cross country skiing head to Lost Lake.

If you're in the area during the summer months, then mountain biking is the thing to do. Whistler Mountain Bike Park has lifts that carry bikers and bikes up the mountain. Other summer time activities include golf, hiking, and tennis. For easy hiking trails head to Cougar Mountain. If you're looking for a longer hike, go to Brandywine Meadows where there's a six hour hike up steep terrain. For multi-day treks there are a handful of options including Helm Creek trail to Garibaldi Lake and the Black Tusk.
Food and Dining
You can find a range of restaurant types around Whistler Village. There's really anything from cheap fast food, which is probably the best option if you're on a budget, to high end, expensive restaurants that usually offer some great views. The on-hill options are also surprisingly reasonably priced. There's a slight mark up, but nothing more than you would expect at any other location. You can get a bowl of udon soup for ten dollars or a salmon steak for twelve dollars.

Many people spend the evenings relaxing in one of Whistler's many bars. It's a great way to rest and enjoy yourself after a long day of skiing. This is also a great way to meet fellow visitors and swap stories. There are many types of drinks available, but if you're a beer drinker, make sure you try the local micro-brewery beer which is always good.

Most people choose to walk around Whistler. You'll find plenty of pedestrian walkways in Whistler Village and the Upper Village. There's also a short trail that connects these areas with Village North as well as a large network of trails that go between many of the area's parks, golf courses and beaches. If you're going anywhere further away, it is best to drive.


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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.

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