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

Should you visit Banff or Victoria?

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

Should I visit Banff or Victoria? 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 Victoria?

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.

Victoria

The capital city of British Columbia, Canada, Victoria is positioned near the southern edge of Vancouver Island. It's a wonderfully pleasant city and has been nicknamed the Garden City because of its vast green space and public gardens. There is a population of just over 80,000 in the city proper and almost 350,000 in the greater metropolitan area. Dating back to 1843, it's also one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. As such, it has many historic buildings and beautiful architecture. It also has the second oldest Chinatown in North America, following San Francisco's.

Which place is cheaper, Victoria 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 Victoria is $186. 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 Victoria in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Banff $39
    Victoria $115
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Banff $78
    Victoria $230
Compare Hotels in Banff and Victoria

Looking for a hotel in Banff or Victoria? 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 Victoria


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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 Victoria Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Banff $5.29
    Victoria $38

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Banff

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Banff:

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Victoria

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

  • Victoria to Vancouver Ferry with Bus Transfer: $73
  • Vancouver: Floatplane Transfer between Vancouver & Victoria: $209

Is it cheaper to fly into Banff or Victoria?

Prices for flights to both Victoria 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
    Victoria $28
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Victoria

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

  • Chinatown and Old Town Food Tour with Tastings: $59

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Banff $13
    Victoria $46
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 Highlights: Full Day Tour: $171
  • 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

Tours and Activities in Victoria

For Victoria, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Victoria self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide: $4.33
  • Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.18
  • 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour: $6.67
  • Victoria, BC: Murder Mystery Detective Experience: $11
  • Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour: $14
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Butterfly Gardens Admission Ticket: $15
  • Cultural & Historical Victoria Walking Tour: $16
  • Malahat SkyWalk General Admission Tickets: $29
  • Mystical Rainforest Tour - Forest Magick: $39
  • Victoria Clue Solving Adventure - After The Gold Rush: $47
  • 2-Hour History and Highlights Bike Tour: $50

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Banff $9.53
    Victoria $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Victoria

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

  • Pickle Pub Crawl: $48
  • 3-Hour Street Art & Craft Beer Tour of Victoria, Brewery Tour & Tasting included: $103
  • Victoria Craft Beer and Distillery Tour: $114
  • Private Wine Tasting in Beautiful Cowichan Valley: $133
  • Private Saanich Peninsula Wine Tour : $148
  • Victoria Bachelorette Full Day Guided Wine Tour with 4 Wineries: $159
  • From Private Cowichan Wine Tour with Lunch: $445


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Banff and Victoria, we can see that Victoria 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 Victoria would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Victoria 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 Victoria Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Banff or Victoria?

Victoria has a larger population, and is about 40 times larger than the population of Banff. When comparing the sizes of Banff and Victoria, 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.