Is Whistler Expensive?

Is Whistler expensive to visit?

Whistler is a moderately priced destination with an average daily cost of $125. Compared to the rest of North America, which is known to be an expensive region, it is a reasonably affordable place to visit. It's ranked in the top 25% of cities in North America for its affordability, comparable to places like Olympic National Park and Shenandoah National Park.



Cabins on the mountain in Whistler, Canada

How expensive is Whistler?

On average, visitors spend about $125 per day when visiting Whistler (U.S. Dollars). Two travelers together would spend an average of $249 per day. Prices vary dramatically by travel style and length of trip, but if you stay at moderately priced hotels, eat at affordable restaurants, and use public transportation when possible, you can expect to stay close to this budget. See more travel costs for Whistler here.

How expensive is a weekend trip (three days) to Whistler?

A weekend trip to Whistler costs about $374 per person on average, based on the previous expenses of other travelers. This includes accommodation, sightseeting activities, transportation, food, and nightlife. For two people, a weekend trip costs $747.

How expensive is a one week (7-day) trip to Whistler?

Based on the travel expenses of others, a one week trip to Whistler costs around $872 on average, per person. This includes food, sightseeing, local transportation, accommodation, and nightlife. For two people, a one week trip costs $1,743.



Whistler Village

Is it expensive to backpack in Whistler?

Whistler is a fairly popular backpacker destination with more than 4 hostels around town. Dorm beds in hostels cost around $37 per night on average. There's a wide range in prices though, with the cheapest beds costing about $31 and the most expensive dorm beds costing around $51. (See hostel prices in Whistler here.)

Here are a few sample prices from popular hostels in Whistler.

  • $31 for a dorm bed at HI Whistler
  • $32 for a dorm bed at Whistler Fireside Lodge
  • $51 for a dorm bed at Pangea Pod Hotel – Whistler Village

Are hotels expensive in Whistler?

Hotel prices in Whistler are very expensive compared to hotels in other cities. You can expect to spend about $249 per night for a room on average. There are around 2 five star hotels in the city and they average $315 per night. Three star hotels average $267 a night and two star hotels average $109 per night.


Hotels by star rating in Whistler
Rating Number of Hotels Average Hotel Price
5 stars 2 $315
4 stars 17 $405
3 stars 39 $267
2 stars 3 $109

2131 Lake Placid Road, Whistler
Overall Rating 9.2
4359 Main Street, Whistler
Overall Rating 9.2


Whistler Village

How expensive are sightseeing activities in Whistler?

Activities and things to do in Whistler can vary in price depending on the type of activity, length, and location. Below are a number of popular activities to give you an idea of what to expect when visiting. Generally, previous travelers have spent $78 per day on sightseeing activities and things to do when visiting, which is more than the country's average of $24.

    • Fishing Adventure in Whistler: $156
    • Ice Fishing Adventure in Whistler: $141
    • The Great Whistler Walking Tour: Discover Whistler's Sights, History & Culture!: $49
    • Whistler Half-Day Mountain Bike Tour: $206
    • Whistler Helicopter Tour: $162
    • Half Day Fly Fishing Tour: $196
    • Whistler ATV Bushwhacker Tour : $134
    • Half Day Spin Fishing Tour: $196

    Is food expensive in Whistler?

    Food in Whistler can vary in price depending on the restaurant and food options available. Generally, other travelers have spent $30 on food per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $39. To save money, eat at less expensive restaurants, try street food, or cook your own meals when possible.

    • Finer Things Dinner Tour in Whistler: $145
    • Finer Things: 4-Course Dinner Tour in Whistler: $131

    Is transportation expensive in Whistler?

    Local transportation in Whistler can vary in price depending on the type of transit used. Generally, other travelers have spent $20 on local transportation per person per day, which is less than the country's average of $22. To save money, take public transit whenever possible, as it will almost always be cheaper than a taxi or private driver.

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