A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Budapest vs. Montreal for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Budapest or Montreal?

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 Budapest and Montreal can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Budapest or Montreal?

Budapest

Budapest is the capital city of Hungary. It has been called the "Paris of the East" because of its impressive architecture and general beauty. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage List in 1987 because of its cultural importance, its location on the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrassy Avenue. In addition to its rich history, Budapest still has a young vibe with a lot of energy. There's an active night life, an impressive music scene, and a good reputation with European youth.

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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Budapest, The Best 10-Day Tours from Budapest, The Best Train & Rail Tours in Canada, and The Best Sightseeing Tours in Canada.


Which place is cheaper, Montreal or Budapest?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Budapest is $91, while the average daily cost in Montreal is $211. 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 Budapest and Montreal in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Budapest $50
    Montreal $133
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Budapest $100
    Montreal $266
Compare Hotels in Budapest and Montreal

Looking for a hotel in Budapest 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 Budapest


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: Budapest Hotel Prices and Montreal Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Budapest $11
    Montreal $21
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Budapest

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Budapest:


  • Short Taxi Ride
    $7.04
  • Metro Pass
    $3.87

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Budapest

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

  • Bucharest - Romania to Budapest - Hungary /Private Transfer: $1,207
  • Transfer from Vienna to Budapest: $720
  • Budapest-Vienna Private Transfer by Luxury Vehicle: $654
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Zadar, Hotel-to-hotel, English-speaking driver: $288
  • Private transfer from Budapest to Bratislava with Hotel or Airport pick-up: $282
  • Private Budapest - Vienna transfer with an optional 2 hours stop in Bratislava: $279
  • Private Transfer from Budapest to Zagreb with 2 hours for sightseeing: $273
  • Private Scenic Transfer from Budapest to Vienna with 4h of Sightseeing: $273
  • Budapest all in one: private 6 hours city tour& cruise, private airport transfer: $267
  • Budapest - Zagreb Transfer: $263
  • Budapest - Vienna Transfer with Bratislava stop: $263
  • Budapest to Vienna - Private Transfer with 4 Hours of Sightseeing: $245

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montreal

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

  • Transfer Montreal International Airport to Quebec City: $995
  • Private Transfer Montreal International Airport to Ottawa: $703
  • Private Transfer To Quebec From Montreal YUL Airport: $362
  • From Ottawa Private Day Trip with Hotel Transfers: $292
  • Private Transfer To Ottawa From YUL Airport: $234
  • Ottawa: Private Transfer To Montreal Airport: $216
  • Private Transfer from Montreal Airport to Ottawa: $216
  • Transfer Montreal International Airport to Downtown Montreal: $187
  • Departure Private Transfer: Montreal to Montreal Airport YUL in Luxury SUV: $166
  • Montreal Private Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL in Luxury SUV: $166
  • Departure Transfer Montreal to Montreal Airport by Limos or Bus: $153
  • Montreal Private Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL in Business Car: $119

Is it cheaper to fly into Budapest or Montreal?

Prices for flights to both Montreal and Budapest 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
    Budapest $23
    Montreal $36
Typical Food Prices in Budapest

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


  • Lunch
    $3.44

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Budapest

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

  • Budapest Tipsy Food Tour with Drinks and Food Included: $32
  • Traveling Spoon Hungarian Goulash Private Online Cooking Class: $40
  • Pizza & Beer Downtown Budapest Cruise: $47
  • Budapest Tipsy Guided Food Tour with Drinks Included: $66
  • Budapest Danube Cruise with Buffet Dinner, Performances and Music: $77
  • Hungarian dinner + Wine tasting in a beatiful Garden: $78
  • 4 course Dinner Cruise with Piano Battle Show: $91
  • Budapest Danube River Candlelit Dinner Cruise with Live Music: $95
  • Hungarian Cooking Class in Budapest - Foodapest: $99
  • 4 course Dinner Cruise with Operetta and Folk Show: $101
  • Goulash Cooking and Wine Tasting in Budapest: $106
  • West African Cooking Class in Budapest with a Togolese Native: $110

Typical Food Prices in Montreal

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


  • Tim Hortons breakfast and coffee
    $9.05

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montreal

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

  • Bateau-Mouche Cruise with A La Carte Dinner Option: $59
  • No Diet Club: Walking food Tour with many tastings: $60
  • Historical Food Tour with 6 Tastings: $67
  • Beyond the Market Food Tour by Spade & Palacio: $74
  • Montreal Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $74
  • Guided Happy Hour Brew Tour in Montreal with Dinner: $82
  • Mile End Montreal Original Food Tour - by Local Montreal Tours: $89
  • Old Montreal Food & Drink Tour by Local Montreal Food Tours: $104
  • The (Anti-Package, Small-Group ) Montreal Food Tour: $128
  • Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour: $130
  • Cooking Class & Tasting with Michelin-Trained Chef: $138
  • Montréal: 3 or 5-Course Dinner Cruise with Music: $147

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Budapest $22
    Montreal $21
Typical Entertainment Prices in Budapest

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


  • Entrance to the Baths for Two
    $6.91

Tours and Activities in Budapest

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

  • Danube Bend Private All Day Tour with Lunch, with entrance fees and cruise: $167
  • Interactive Magic and Witchcraft Discovery Tour in Budapest: $22
  • Private Budapest city tour with a daytime Danube river cruise: $245
  • 1 Hour Budapest Segway Tour - Parliament Hightails: $39
  • 1 Hour Sightseeing Cruise in Budapest: $11
  • 10PM Budapest Danube Cruise with Live Music & Food or Drinks : $20
  • 2 Hours Private Scenic Photo Tour Around Budapest: $223
  • 2-Hour Private Budapest Castle Walking Tour: $129
  • 20 Dog-statues in Budapest - an unusual tour: $28
  • 3 Hours Private Guided Tour In Budapest: $164
  • 3 Hours Private Walking Tour in Budapest : $72
  • 3-Hour Budapest E-Bike Adventure!: $50

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.

  • Montreal ZOO, private half day tour: $209
  • 1 Day Tour at Kingston City 1000 Island Cruise: $126
  • 1 Hour Downtown Montreal Tour: $29
  • 1 Hour Tour of Old-Montreal in Vintage Convertible Cadillac: $221
  • 1hr Sunset Boat tour on the St Lawrence River Old Port Montreal: $23
  • 2 hour Tour of The Montreal Bagel: $55
  • 3 Days 2 Nights Tour in New York: $300
  • 3 Hour Montreal City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer (AM & PM): $64
  • 3-Hour Scooter Sightseeing in Montreal: $79
  • 3Hr Montreal Architecture Bike Tour with regular or E-bikes Beer & wine included: $64
  • APP Self-Guided Tours Montreal with Audioguide: $8.91
  • AURA experience at Notre-Dame Basilica and guided cruise: $73

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Budapest $18
    Montreal $17

Sample the Local Flavors in Budapest

Also in Budapest, these are the prices for nightlife and alcohol related activities from various tour providers:

  • Budapest Pub Crawl +6 free Shots +VIP Access +Drinking Games : $22
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $26
  • Bingo Bar Crawl: $26
  • Hungarian pálinka distillery visit and tasting: $33
  • Budapest Pub Pass: The Bar Crawl Tour: $39
  • Hungarian Wine Tasting (with Cheese and Charcuterie) in Budapest: $50
  • Budapest RUIN Pub Crawl +Open Bar +6 Shots +VIP Access +Games: $50
  • Pub Crawl Through The Ruin Bars in Budapest with T-shirt Included: $55
  • All You Can Drink Pub Crawl Through The Ruin Bars in Budapest: $60
  • Essentials of Hungarian Wine Tasting (with Cheese and Charcuterie) in Budapest: $65
  • Premium wine tasting in Budapest: $69
  • Original Budapest New Years Eve Pub Crawl: $88

Typical Alcohol Prices in Montreal

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


  • Vodka
    $18

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: $22
  • Guided Bar Crawl with Free Shots and Club Entry: $43
  • Guided Pub Crawl of the City's Rooftop Bars: $87


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Budapest and Montreal, we can see that Montreal is more expensive. And not only is Budapest much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Budapest is in Europe and Montreal 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 Budapest would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Budapest 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 Budapest.

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


Which is Bigger, Budapest or Montreal?

Montreal has a larger population, and is about 93% larger than the population of Budapest. When comparing the sizes of Budapest 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.


When is the best time to visit Budapest or Montreal?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Budapest or Montreal in the Summer?

Both Montreal and Budapest are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities. The summer months attract visitors to Budapest because of the city activities and the family-friendly experiences.

In the summer, Budapest is around the same temperature as Montreal. Typically, the summer temperatures in Budapest in July average around 21°C (70°F), and Montreal averages at about 21°C (69°F).

It's quite sunny in Montreal. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Budapest. Budapest usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Montreal during summer. Budapest gets 278 hours of sunny skies, while Montreal receives 276 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Budapest usually receives less rain than Montreal. Budapest gets 45 mm (1.8 in) of rain, while Montreal receives 91 mm (3.6 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Budapest 21°C (70°F) 
    Montreal 21°C (69°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Montreal in the Autumn?

Both Montreal and Budapest during the autumn are popular places to visit. The city's sights and attractions, the shopping scene, and the natural beauty of the area are the main draw to Budapest this time of year.

In October, Budapest is generally a little warmer than Montreal. Daily temperatures in Budapest average around 12°C (53°F), and Montreal fluctuates around 8°C (47°F).

In the autumn, Budapest often gets more sunshine than Montreal. Budapest gets 152 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Montreal receives 141 hours of full sun.

Budapest usually gets less rain in October than Montreal. Budapest gets 34 mm (1.3 in) of rain, while Montreal receives 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Budapest 12°C (53°F) 
    Montreal 8°C (47°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Montreal in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Budapest and Montreal. Many travelers come to Budapest for the museums, the shopping scene, and the cuisine.

Montreal can get quite cold in the winter. Be prepared for some very cold days in Budapest. Budapest is much warmer than Montreal in the winter. The daily temperature in Budapest averages around -1°C (31°F) in January, and Montreal fluctuates around -10°C (14°F).

Budapest usually receives less sunshine than Montreal during winter. Budapest gets 61 hours of sunny skies, while Montreal receives 103 hours of full sun in the winter.

In January, Budapest usually receives less rain than Montreal. Budapest gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Montreal receives 74 mm (2.9 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Budapest -1°C (31°F) 
    Montreal -10°C (14°F)

Should I visit Budapest or Montreal in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Budapest as well as Montreal. Many visitors come to Budapest in the spring for the activities around the city and the natural beauty.

In the spring, Budapest is much warmer than Montreal. Typically, the spring temperatures in Budapest in April average around 12°C (53°F), and Montreal averages at about 6°C (43°F).

In the spring, Budapest often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Montreal. Budapest gets 178 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Montreal receives 183 hours of full sun.

Budapest usually gets less rain in April than Montreal. Budapest gets 42 mm (1.7 in) of rain, while Montreal receives 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Budapest 12°C (53°F) 
    Montreal 6°C (43°F)

Typical Weather for Montreal and Budapest

Budapest Montreal
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -1°C (31°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) -10°C (14°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Feb 2°C (35°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) -9°C (16°F) 65 mm (2.6 in)
Mar 7°C (44°F) 35 mm (1.4 in) -2°C (28°F) 74 mm (2.9 in)
Apr 12°C (53°F) 42 mm (1.7 in) 6°C (43°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
May 16°C (62°F) 62 mm (2.4 in) 13°C (55°F) 75 mm (3 in)
Jun 20°C (67°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 87 mm (3.4 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 45 mm (1.8 in) 21°C (69°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)
Aug 21°C (69°F) 56 mm (2.2 in) 19°C (67°F) 104 mm (4.1 in)
Sep 17°C (63°F) 39 mm (1.5 in) 14°C (58°F) 90 mm (3.5 in)
Oct 12°C (53°F) 34 mm (1.3 in) 8°C (47°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
Nov 6°C (42°F) 59 mm (2.3 in) 2°C (35°F) 101 mm (4 in)
Dec 1°C (34°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) -7°C (20°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)