A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Calgary vs. Jasper National Park for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Calgary or Jasper National Park?

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 Jasper National Park 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 Jasper National Park?

Calgary

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.

Jasper National Park

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jasper National Park, located in Canada's Alberta Province, is one of a few national and provincial parks that showcase the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Which place is cheaper, Jasper National Park 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 Jasper National Park is $84. 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 Jasper National Park in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Calgary $75
    Jasper National Park $46
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Calgary $150
    Jasper National Park $92
Compare Hotels in Calgary and Jasper National Park

Looking for a hotel in Calgary or Jasper National Park? 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 Jasper National Park


Kayak helps you find the best prices for hotels, flights, and rental cars for destinations around the world. Compare prices for multiple destinations when planning your next trip.


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 Jasper National Park Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $13
    Jasper National Park $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Calgary

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Calgary:

  • Alberta Transfer: Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Calgary: $65
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Calgary Airport YYC to Calgary in Business Car: $109
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Calgary Airport YYC to Calgary in Luxury SUV: $129
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Calgary Airport YYC to Calgary in Luxury Van: $129
  • Banff To Calgary Airport - Private Transfer: $370
  • Calgary Air to Fairmont/Radium Hot Springs Round-Trip Transfer: $296
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Banff Thermal Round-Trip Transfer: $279
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Calgary hotel or address - Arrival Private Transfer: $115
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Calgary hotel or address - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $230
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Jasper Thermal Resorts Arrival Transfer: $170
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Lake Louise - Arrival Private Transfer: $115
  • Calgary Airport to Banff Thermal Resorts Private Arrival Transfer: $139

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Jasper National Park

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Jasper National Park are as follows:


  • Park Pass
    $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jasper National Park

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Jasper National Park:

  • Jasper Thermal Resorts to Calgary Airport YYC Departure Transfer: $170
  • Jasper Thermal to Edmonton Airport (YEG) Departure Transfer: $170

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Jasper National Park?

Prices for flights to both Jasper National Park 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Calgary $32
    Jasper National Park $24
Typical Food Prices in Calgary

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


  • Bread, Chips, Cheese
    $8.27

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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jasper National Park

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Jasper National Park.

  • Half-Day Jasper Culture Food Tour: $108
  • Peak Nic - A hike and an outdoor cooking lesson: $121
  • 4-Hours E-Bike Food Tour : $204

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $16
    Jasper National Park $7.92
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)
    $22

Tours and Activities in Calgary

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

  • Ottawa: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.23
  • Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.18
  • Downtown Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.18
  • Calgary's Beltline District: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.29
  • Bow River Trail: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.29
  • Discover Downtown a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.29
  • 3-Hour Tips Based Walking Tour of Calgary: $5.56
  • 3-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour: $6.67
  • Explore the Stampede City with Walking Tours in Calgary: $6.80
  • Calgary Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Discover Calgary with 3 Unique Smartphone Audio Walking Tours: $14
  • Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours: $15

Tours and Activities in Jasper National Park

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

  • Icefields Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour: $17
  • Live Theater Show Ticket 'From Jasper with love': $25
  • From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour: $54
  • Maligne Canyon Hiking Tour: $55
  • Planetarium and Telescope Combo Tour : $55
  • Winter Wildlife Discovery Tour: $56
  • Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island: $57
  • Morning Jasper National Park Wildlife Tour: $65
  • Jasper Evening Wildlife Tour: $65
  • Maligne Lake Cruise: $68
  • Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Hike: $73
  • 1-Hour Guided Group Fat Bike Tour: $83

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Jasper National Park $12

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 Jasper National Park, we can see that Calgary is more expensive. And not only is Jasper National Park much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Jasper National Park would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Jasper National Park 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 Jasper National Park.

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