A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Banff vs. Montreal for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Banff or Montreal?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Should I visit Banff or Montreal? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city has activities that align with your interests along with knowing which is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the details and the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Where Should I go: Banff or Montreal?

Banff

Nestled in the pristine and gorgeous mountains of the Alberta Rockies is the popular town of Banff. This town sits right in Canada's Banff National Park and is part of a UNESCO World Heritage site.

While the surrounding nature may give the impression of a quiet, little town, Banff is typically crowded with tourists. The beauty of this area is irresistible for travelers from all over the world. This may not be the place for solitude or even an authentic, country experience, you'll still find an unforgettable vacation.

Montreal

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.

Which place is cheaper, Montreal or Banff?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Banff is $86, while the average daily cost in Montreal is $212. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Banff and Montreal in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Banff $39
    Montreal $134
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Banff $78
    Montreal $268
Compare Hotels in Banff and Montreal

Looking for a hotel in Banff or Montreal? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Banff


Hotels in Montreal


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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Banff Hotel Prices and Montreal Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Banff $5.29
    Montreal $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Banff

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Banff:

  • Private Banff National Park Tour with Hotel Transfers: $889
  • From 1-Way Private Transfer to Calgary Airport (YYC): $518
  • From Private One-Way Transfer to Calgary: $370
  • Banff Thermal Resorts to Calgary Airport (YYC) Departure Transfer: $140
  • From Banff/Canmore: Moraine Lake Round-Trip Shared Transfers: $122
  • From Banff/Canmore: Moraine Lake and Lake Louise Shared Transfer: $83
  • Sunshine Village to Calgary Airport (YYC): Departure Transfer: $61

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montreal

Also for Montreal, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • Private Transfer from Montreal Cruise Port to Montreal City: $36
  • Private Transfer from Montreal Port to Montreal Airport (YUL): $36
  • Private Transfer from Montreal city to Montreal Cruise Port: $36
  • Private Departure Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL: $38
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Montreal Airport YUL: $44
  • Private Departure Transfer Montreal Downtown or Nun's Island to Montreal YUL Apt: $56
  • Montreal hotel or port to Montréal Airport (YUL) - Departure Private Transfer: $57
  • Le Terminal Cruise Port to Québec Airport YQB Departure Transfer: $57
  • Private Transfer from Montreal hotels to Montréal Airport (YUL): $57
  • Private One-way Montreal Airport Transfer To/From Montreal: $59
  • Departure transfer Montreal to Montreal Airport YUL by Car or SUV: $61
  • Arrival Transfer from International Airport: $65

Is it cheaper to fly into Banff or Montreal?

Prices for flights to both Montreal and Banff change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.





Food
  • Food Meals for one day
    Banff $29
    Montreal $37
Typical Food Prices in Banff

Some typical examples of dining costs in Banff are as follows:


  • Tea House Lunch for Two
    $33
  • Hostel Breakfast
    $27
  • McDonalds
    $4.73

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Banff

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Banff.

  • Take a Bite out of Banff ~ Rocky Mountain Banff Food Tour: $76
  • Banff Food Tour: Eat the Castle: $156

Typical Food Prices in Montreal

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Montreal:


  • Tim Hortons breakfast and coffee
    $9.16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montreal

For Montreal, here are some samples of tours and activities related to meals and dining experiences:

  • Mile End Montreal Original Food Tour - by Local Montreal Tours: $57
  • Montreal Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $67
  • Beyond the Market Food Tour in Montreal: $75
  • Guided Happy Hour Brew Tour in Montreal with Dinner: $87
  • Old Montreal Food & Drink Tour by Local Montreal Food Tours: $91
  • Cooking Class and Tasting Menu with Michelin Chef: $117
  • Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour: $132
  • Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise with Music & VIP Option: $162
  • Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music: $166
  • Personalized Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $208
  • Cooking Class in Montreal with a Michelin-Star Trained Chef: $210
  • Montreal Private Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $232

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Banff $13
    Montreal $21
Typical Entertainment Prices in Banff

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Banff are as follows:


  • Hot Springs
    $5.42

Tours and Activities in Banff

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Banff are as follows:

  • Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour: $53
  • Skybridge Adventure Golden BC from Canmore & Banff: $168
  • 2 Hour Banff Horseback Riding Adventure: $143
  • 4 Days Tour to Banff & Jasper National Park with Hotels: $2,632
  • 4 Days Tour to Banff & Jasper National Park without Hotels: $1,483
  • Banff & The Icefields Parkway | Small Group Full Day Adventure: $218
  • Banff Highlights & Wildlife | Small Group Adventure: $75
  • Banff Hot Springs and Trails GPS-Guided Walking Tour: $9.99
  • Banff National Park Big Canoe Tour: $52
  • Banff National Park Snowshoeing Adventure | Small Group Guided Tour: $79
  • Banff National Park Tour with Lake Louise and Moraine Lake: $86
  • Banff National Park: Big Canoe River Explorer Tour: $49

Typical Entertainment Prices in Montreal

For Montreal, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:


  • Botanical Gardens (family of 4)
    $54

Tours and Activities in Montreal

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Montreal.

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.23
  • Montreal self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide: $4.31
  • Montreal Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $4.41
  • Montréal's Mile End to Outremont: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.20
  • Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $7.54
  • Escape Game and Tour: $8.62
  • APP Self-Guided Tours Montreal with Audioguide: $8.83
  • Montreal Art Center & Museum Audio Guided Tour: $10
  • Montréal Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour: $14
  • Discover Old Montreal on a Budget - Walking Tour: $14
  • McCord Stewart Museum : Entry Ticket: $15
  • Montreal Zipline Adventure: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Banff $9.53
    Montreal $17

Typical Alcohol Prices in Montreal

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Montreal:


  • Vodka
    $19

Sample the Local Flavors in Montreal

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Montreal:

  • Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl: $22
  • Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl: $23
  • Guided Bar Crawl with Free Shots and Club Entry: $43


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Banff and Montreal, we can see that Montreal is more expensive. And not only is Banff much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Banff would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Banff and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Montreal would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Montreal than you might in Banff.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Banff Expensive? and Is Montreal Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Banff or Montreal?

Montreal has a larger population, and is about 440 times larger than the population of Banff. When comparing the sizes of Banff and Montreal, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.