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

Should you visit Calgary or Hope?

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 Hope 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 Hope?


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.


Hope, located in British Columbia, Canada, is a small town in the far east of the Fraser Valley. It's at the cross section of several major highways making it a pass through point for many visitors to the area. Hope is also the location of the filming of the 1980's film Rambo: First Blood, a fact which many locals take much pride in.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Canada, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Canada, The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Canada, and Tours for Outdoor and Nature Lovers in Canada.

Which place is cheaper, Hope or Calgary?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Calgary is $154, while the average daily cost in Hope is $31. 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 Hope in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Calgary $73
    Hope $8.89
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Calgary $146
    Hope $18
Compare Hotels in Calgary and Hope

Looking for a hotel in Calgary or Hope? 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 Hope

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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 Hope Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $12
    Hope -

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Calgary

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Calgary:

  • From Icefields Parkway Route Tour w/Hotel Transfers: $725
  • Private Transfer to Banff or Canmore: $616
  • From Private Transfer to Lake Louise: $580
  • From Calgary Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Banff: $507
  • Lake Louise: Calgary to Lake Louise Private Transfer 1 Way: $471
  • Banff To Calgary Airport - Private Transfer: $362
  • From Calgary Airport: Private Transfer to Banff by Tesla: $362
  • Private Calgary to Banff One-way Transfer in Luxury Car: $298
  • Calgary Air to Fairmont/Radium Hot Springs Round-Trip Transfer: $295
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Field - Roundtrip Transfer: $251
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Lake Louise | Private Transfer: $235
  • Calgary Airport(YYC) to Lake Louise Round Trip Private Transfer: $229

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Hope?

Prices for flights to both Hope 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 $31
    Hope $22
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: $81

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $15
    Hope -
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:

  • 1 Day Tour in Rocky Mountain Banff National Park: $164
  • 1 Day Tour in Rocky Mountain Yoho National Park: $164
  • 2 Day Scenic Tour in Calgary Banff Lake Louise Moraine Lake: $223
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Calgary's Highlights: $239
  • 2-Hour Scooter Tour of Calgary's City Highlights: $69
  • 3-Hour Bike Tour of Calgary, E-Bike Upgrade Options Available: $102
  • 3-Hour Street Art Tour of Calgary with Craft Beer Tastings: $102
  • Banff Area & Johnston Canyon 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff: $115
  • Banff Deep 1 Day Tour in Banff National Park: $172
  • Banff Hot Springs - Gondola - Wildlife Tour from Calgary/Banff: $116
  • Banff National Park Adventure from Calgary /Small group : $120
  • Banff National Park Tour from Calgary/small group : $131

Tours and Activities in Hope

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

  • Vancouver to Sun Peaks 2 days outdoor adventure tour: $1,233

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Hope $10

Sample the Local Flavors in Calgary

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

  • Calgary Brewery and Wine Tours at Award Winning Venues: $83
  • Calgary Brewery Tour: $90

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

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

Which is Bigger, Calgary or Hope?

Calgary has a larger population, and is about 220 times larger than the population of Hope. When comparing the sizes of Calgary and Hope, 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.