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

Should you visit Calgary or Kamloops?

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 Kamloops 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 Kamloops?


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.


In British Columbia, Canada, Kamloops is perhaps most famous for the large number of tournaments it hosts, everything from the Strauss Canada Cup of Curling, to the World Fly Fishing Championships. It also hosts Skate Canada, Tim Horton's Olympic Qualifying Bike Race, and the World Junior Hockey Championships among others. The city is in the south central part of the province and it sits near the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River near Kamloops Lake. The city has a population of about 85,000 and it's the largest community in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District.

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, Kamloops or Calgary?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Calgary is $156, while the average daily cost in Kamloops is $82. 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 Kamloops in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Calgary $74
    Kamloops $44
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Calgary $148
    Kamloops $88
Compare Hotels in Calgary and Kamloops

Looking for a hotel in Calgary or Kamloops? 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 Kamloops

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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 Kamloops Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $13
    Kamloops $20

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Calgary

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Calgary:

  • 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
  • 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: $112
  • Private Transfer from Fernie to Calgary International Airport: $77
  • Private Transfer from Calgary to Calgary Airport YYC in Luxury Van: $130
  • Private Transfer from Calgary Airport to Calgary Hotels: $64
  • Private Calgary to Banff One-way Transfer in Luxury Car: $299
  • Lake Louise: Calgary to Lake Louise Private Transfer 1 Way: $474

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Kamloops?

Prices for flights to both Kamloops 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
    Kamloops $24
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

Typical Food Prices in Kamloops

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

  • Pastries
  • Lunch for Two
  • Coffee and Gelato

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $16
    Kamloops $13
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 Yoho Tour | Moraine Lake | Johnston Canyon | From Calgary: $119
  • 2 Day Guided Tour in Banff National Park: $297
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Calgary's Highlights: $300
  • 6-Hour Private City Tour Drive to Calgary Tower: $694
  • Afternoon tour to Banff from Calgary: $244
  • Banff Area & Johnston Canyon 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff: $120
  • Banff Deep 1 Day Tour in Banff National Park: $172
  • Banff Tour with Gondola & Lake Cruise - roundtrip from Calgary: $269
  • Calgary City Highlights Bike Tour, E-Bike Upgrade Option | 3-Hour: $100
  • Calgary City Highlights Scooter Tour | 2-Hour: $110
  • Calgary City Sightseeing Tour: $164
  • Calgary Downtown: 2-Hour Introductory Walking Tour: $21

Tours and Activities in Kamloops

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

  • Vancouver and Smartphone Audio Driving Tour: $6.20
  • Smartphone Audio Driving Tour between Kamloops and Vancouver: $6.71
  • Smartphone Audio Driving Tour between Kamloops & Revelstoke: $6.71
  • Skip the Line: Kamloops BC Wildlife Park Admission Ticket: $14
  • Unique Scavenger Hunt Experience in Kamloops by Zombie Scavengers: $21

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Kamloops $6.82

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

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

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

Which is Bigger, Calgary or Kamloops?

Calgary has a larger population, and is about 10 times larger than the population of Kamloops. When comparing the sizes of Calgary and Kamloops, 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.