A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Brasilia vs. Ottawa for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Brasilia or Ottawa?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Brasilia and Ottawa can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Brasilia or Ottawa?


The capital city of Brazil, Brasilia is a uniquely-planned city that was constructed in four years from 1956-1960 in the shape of a large bird or airplane. Renowned for its modern architecture, the city listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and attracts architecture aficionados worldwide.


Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, located on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. A city of many ethnic populations, Ottawa is uniquely bilingual with English as the first language of the population's majority and French as a close second.  It is best known as the nation's capital, which is centered on Parliament Hill, an architectural landmark as well as the seat of government.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Brazil, The Best 2-Week Tours in Brazil, Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Canada, and The Best Coach Bus Tours in Canada.

Which place is cheaper, Ottawa or Brasilia?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Brasilia is $79, while the average daily cost in Ottawa is $122. 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 Brasilia and Ottawa in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Brasilia $33
    Ottawa $18
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Brasilia $66
    Ottawa $36
Compare Hotels in Brasilia and Ottawa

Looking for a hotel in Brasilia or Ottawa? 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 Brasilia

Hotels in Ottawa

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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: Brasilia Hotel Prices and Ottawa Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Brasilia $21
    Ottawa $7.22

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ottawa

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

  • Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport YOW Private Arrival/Departure Shuttle Transfer : $52
  • Ottawa to Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier Airport (YOW) - Departure Private Transfer: $66
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport YOW: $40
  • Private Arrival Transfer in Ottawa Airport : $52

Is it cheaper to fly into Brasilia or Ottawa?

Prices for flights to both Ottawa and Brasilia 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 Meals for one day
    Brasilia $30
    Ottawa $17

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ottawa

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

  • Oh Canada Eh!? Dinner Musical : $72
  • Taste of the ByWard Market Food Tour: $79
  • Evening Taste of the ByWard Market Food Tour: $82

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Brasilia $19
    Ottawa $40

Tours and Activities in Brasilia

Here are a few actual costs in Brasilia for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • Brasilia Tour: $42

Tours and Activities in Ottawa

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

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.21
  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Walking Tour: $6.42
  • City Exploration Game and Tour: $6.42
  • Explore Canada Through Ottawa's Eyes with Walking Tours Through The City: $6.70
  • Ottawa's Hidden History: A Self Guided Audio Tour: $6.99
  • A Self Guided Audio Tour of Ottawa's Hidden History: $6.99
  • Rockcliffe Quest Experience: $7.10
  • Across the Ottawa River: A Self Guided Audio Tour: $7.99
  • Street Art in Quest Experience: $8.20
  • Downtown Private Investigator Quest Experience: $8.20
  • Ottawa Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Ottawa by Wacky Walks: $10

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Brasilia $14
    Ottawa $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Ottawa

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

  • Epic Ottawa Bar Crawl: By Let’s Roam: $12

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Brasilia and Ottawa, we can see that Ottawa is more expensive. And not only is Brasilia much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Brasilia is in South America and Ottawa is in North America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Brasilia would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Brasilia 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 Ottawa would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Ottawa than you might in Brasilia.

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

Which is Bigger, Brasilia or Ottawa?

Brasilia has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Ottawa. When comparing the sizes of Brasilia and Ottawa, 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.