A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Calgary vs. Halifax for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Calgary or Halifax?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Calgary and Halifax can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Calgary or Halifax?


Calgary is the largest city in Alberta and, located at the edge of the prairie and foothills, it is a gateway to the Rocky Mountains. If you're headed to Banff or Jasper, this is likely to be your first stop. It's also Canada's fourth largest city and worth a few days visit. Calgary's economy is diverse, but includes energy, financial services, film and television, transportation, technology, manufacturing, and much more.


The quaint and charming coastal town of Halifax, Nova Scotia has an interesting personality. While it caters to travelers from all over the world, it maintains the pace and lifestyle of a small town.

Steeped in maritime history, Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia, and one of the world's greatest natural harbors. This busy seaport serves as the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

When planning your trip keep in mind that this city has a climate like other coastal cities. Summers are nice with the occasional humidity. Winters are mild, but still full of snow and wind. The best time of year to visit is most certainly the fall.

Which place is cheaper, Halifax or Calgary?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Calgary is $158, while the average daily cost in Halifax is $117. 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 Calgary and Halifax in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Calgary $75
    Halifax $66
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Calgary $150
    Halifax $132
Compare Hotels in Calgary and Halifax

Looking for a hotel in Calgary or Halifax? 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 Calgary

Hotels in Halifax

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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: Calgary Hotel Prices and Halifax Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $13
    Halifax $17

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Calgary

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Calgary:

  • Transfer in private minivan from Calgary to Downtown Calgary Airport (YYC): $170
  • Transfer in private minivan from Calgary Downtown - Calgary Airport (YYC): $91
  • Transfer in private minivan from Calgary Airport (YYC) to Calgary Downtown: $138
  • Transfer in private minivan from Calgary Airport (YYC) - Calgary Downtown: $91
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Calgary Downtown - Calgary Airport (YYC): $61
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Calgary Airport (YYC) - Calgary Downtown: $61
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Vehicle Calgary Airport (YYC) -Calgary Downtown: $121
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Minivan Calgary Airport (YYC) -Calgary: $181
  • Private Transfer: Calgary Airport to Downtown: $113
  • Private Transfer from YYC Airport to Kicking Horse or Panorama: $77
  • Private Transfer from Fernie to Calgary International Airport: $77
  • Private Transfer from Calgary to Calgary Airport YYC in Luxury Van: $130

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Halifax

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

  • From Peggy’s Cove Small-Group Tour with Transfers: $81
  • Halifax Airport (YHZ) to Halifax Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $68
  • Halifax Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Halifax hotels: $134
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) to Halifax Port-Arrival Transfer: $34
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) to Halifax downtown - Arrival Private Transfer: $36
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) to Halifax downtown - Roundtrip Private Transfer: $73
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ): Transfer to Halifax Port: $210
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport(YHZ) to Halifax Port - Arrival Transfer: $34
  • Transfer to/from Stanfield International Airport: $44
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Halifax Stanfield Airport YHZ: $85
  • Private Transfer from Halifax Stanfield Airport to Halifax: $36

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Halifax?

Prices for flights to both Halifax and Calgary 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
    Calgary $32
    Halifax $32
Typical Food Prices in Calgary

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for food and meal costs in Calgary:

  • Bread, Chips, Cheese

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Calgary

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

  • Light Brunch & Food Tour at Calgary Farmers' Market WEST: $82

Typical Food Prices in Halifax

For Halifax, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Bluenose II Restaurant

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Halifax

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

  • Peggy's Cove Small Group Night Tour with Dinner: $162

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $16
    Halifax $29
Typical Entertainment Prices in Calgary

Here are a few typical costs in Calgary for activities, ticket prices, and tours that come from previous visitors:

  • Stampede Admission (for 2)

Tours and Activities in Calgary

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

  • Classic Banff DayTour: Banff, Bow Falls, Johnston Canyon : $135
  • 1 Day Tour in Rocky Mountain Banff National Park: $166
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Calgary's Highlights: $243
  • 2-Hour Scooter Tour of Calgary's City Highlights: $70
  • 3-Hour Bike Tour of Calgary, E-Bike Upgrade Options Available: $103
  • 3-Hour Street Art Tour of Calgary with Craft Beer Tastings: $103
  • 3-Hour Tips Based Walking Tour of Calgary: $5.58
  • Banff & Jasper National Parks | Columbia Icefield | Private Tour: $247
  • Banff Area & Johnston Canyon 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff: $117
  • Banff Deep 1 Day Tour in Banff National Park: $174
  • Banff Hot Springs - Gondola - Wildlife Tour from Calgary/Banff: $118
  • Banff National Park Adventure from Calgary /Small group : $137

Tours and Activities in Halifax

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

  • Discover the Halifax Explosion Audio Walking Tour: $5.18
  • Churches, Gardens, & Graveyards Smartphone Tour: $5.18
  • Halifax Boardwalk and Seaport: Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.18
  • Exlore Halifax with 3 Unique Smartphone Audio Walking Tours: $13
  • Halifax self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt: $38
  • Small Group Tour with Peggy's Cove Sunset Express: $66
  • City Segway Tour: $68
  • From Small Group Lunenberg Express Tour: $92
  • Small-Group Tour with Citadel and Peggy's Cove: $96
  • Small Group Walking Tour with Citadel & Museum: $103
  • Seal Watch Boat Tours - Pictou NS: $113
  • Sunset Cruise - Pictou NS: $113

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Halifax $15

Sample the Local Flavors in Calgary

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

  • Calgary Bar Crawl: Cruisin' Calgary: $12
  • Calgary Brewery and Wine Tours at Award Winning Venues: $78
  • Calgary Brewery Tour: $91

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Calgary and Halifax, we can see that Calgary is more expensive. And not only is Halifax much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Halifax would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Halifax 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 Calgary would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Calgary than you might in Halifax.

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

Which is Bigger, Calgary or Halifax?

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