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

Should you visit Calgary or Montreal?

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 Montreal 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 Montreal?

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.

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.

Which place is cheaper, Montreal 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 Montreal is $213. 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 Montreal in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Calgary $75
    Montreal $134
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Calgary $150
    Montreal $268
Compare Hotels in Calgary and Montreal

Looking for a hotel in Calgary 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 Calgary


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: Calgary Hotel Prices and Montreal Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $13
    Montreal $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Calgary

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Calgary:

  • From Icefields Parkway Route Tour w/Hotel Transfers: $741
  • Private Transfer to Banff or Canmore: $630
  • From Private Transfer to Lake Louise: $592
  • From Calgary Airport: One-Way Private Transfer to Banff: $518
  • Lake Louise: Calgary to Lake Louise Private Transfer 1 Way: $481
  • Banff To Calgary Airport - Private Transfer: $370
  • From Calgary Airport: Private Transfer to Banff by Tesla: $370
  • Calgary Air to Fairmont/Radium Hot Springs Round-Trip Transfer: $298
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Banff Thermal Round-Trip Transfer: $280
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Field - Roundtrip Transfer: $254
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Calgary hotel or address - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $232
  • Calgary Airport(YYC) to Lake Louise Round Trip Private Transfer: $232

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montreal

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

  • 8 Passengers Transfer from or to Montreal Airport YUL to Montreal City Center : $226
  • Departure Private Transfer: Montreal to Montreal Airport YUL in Business Car: $118
  • Departure Private Transfer: Montreal to Montreal Airport YUL in Luxury SUV: $164
  • Departure Transfer Montreal to Montreal Airport by Limos or Bus: $153
  • Departure transfer Montreal to Montreal Airport YUL by Car or SUV: $61
  • Le Terminal Cruise Port to Québec Airport YQB Departure Transfer: $57
  • Montreal Best Private Transfer services : $83
  • Montreal Private Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL in Business Car: $118
  • Montreal Private Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL in Luxury SUV: $164
  • Montreal Private Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL in Luxury Van: $171
  • Montreal hotel or port to Montréal Airport (YUL) - Departure Private Transfer: $57
  • Arrival Transfer from International Airport: $65

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Montreal?

Prices for flights to both Montreal 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
    Montreal $37
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

Typical Food Prices in Montreal

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


  • Tim Hortons breakfast and coffee
    $9.16

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montreal

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

  • Montreal Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $66
  • Beyond the Market Food Tour in Montreal: $75
  • Guided Happy Hour Brew Tour in Montreal with Dinner: $87
  • Mile End Montreal Original Food Tour - by Local Montreal Tours: $90
  • Old Montreal Food & Drink Tour by Local Montreal Food Tours: $105
  • Cooking Class and Tasting Menu with Michelin Chef: $117
  • Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour: $131
  • Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise with Music & VIP Option: $162
  • Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music: $165
  • Personalized Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $209
  • Cooking Class in Montreal with a Michelin-Star Trained Chef: $210
  • Montreal Private Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $230

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $16
    Montreal $21
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:

  • Classic Banff DayTour: Banff, Bow Falls, Johnston Canyon : $134
  • 1 Day Tour in Rocky Mountain Banff National Park: $165
  • 2 Day Guided Tour in Banff National Park: $299
  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Calgary's Highlights: $241
  • 2-Hour Scooter Tour of Calgary's City Highlights: $69
  • 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: $5.54
  • Banff & Jasper National Parks | Columbia Icefield | Private Tour: $241
  • Banff Area & Johnston Canyon 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff: $116
  • Banff Deep 1 Day Tour in Banff National Park: $173
  • Banff Hot Springs - Gondola - Wildlife Tour from Calgary/Banff: $117

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.

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Montreal self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide: $4.33
  • Montreal Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $4.41
  • Montréal's Mile End to Outremont: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.20
  • Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $7.58
  • Escape Game and Tour: $8.67
  • APP Self-Guided Tours Montreal with Audioguide: $8.82
  • Montreal Art Center & Museum Audio Guided Tour: $10
  • Montréal Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour: $14
  • Discover Old Montreal on a Budget - Walking Tour: $14
  • McCord Stewart Museum : Entry Ticket: $15
  • Montreal Zipline Adventure: $15

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Montreal $17

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: $90

Typical Alcohol Prices in Montreal

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


  • Vodka
    $19

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: $23
  • Guided Bar Crawl with Free Shots and Club Entry: $43


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

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


Which is Bigger, Calgary or Montreal?

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