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

Should you visit Calgary or Niagara Falls?

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 Niagara Falls 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 Niagara Falls?


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.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, Ontario sits on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, across the border from Niagara Falls, New York. Together these cities have claimed themselves to be the "Honeymoon Capital of the World" a status that is probably little more than a marketing ploy. That said, Niagara Falls, Ontario, is perhaps a quainter and more natural version of its American counterpart. The town has existed as a tourist destination for hundreds of years, with its main attraction, obviously, being Niagara Falls. Today, millions of visitors come to see the falls every year. It's truly an impressive sight, and there is no shortage of entertainment options while you're in the area.

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, Niagara Falls 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 Niagara Falls is $123. 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 Niagara Falls in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Calgary $74
    Niagara Falls $75
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Calgary $148
    Niagara Falls $150
Compare Hotels in Calgary and Niagara Falls

Looking for a hotel in Calgary or Niagara Falls? 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 Niagara Falls

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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 Niagara Falls Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $13
    Niagara Falls $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Calgary

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Calgary:

  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Calgary Downtown - Calgary Airport (YYC): $61
  • Private Transfer from Calgary Airport to Calgary Hotels: $64
  • Alberta Transfer: Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Calgary: $68
  • Private Transfer from Fernie to Calgary International Airport: $77
  • Calgary Downtown Transfers: $88
  • Prvt. Transfer YYC Airport to WinSport Olympic Park: $88
  • Transfer in private minivan from Calgary Downtown - Calgary Airport (YYC): $91
  • Transfer in private minivan from Calgary Airport (YYC) - Calgary Downtown: $91
  • Private Transfer: Calgary Airport to Downtown: $112
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Lake Louise - Arrival Private Transfer: $116
  • Calgary hotel or address to Calgary Airport (YYC) - Departure Private Transfer: $116
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Vehicle Calgary Airport (YYC) -Calgary Downtown: $121

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Niagara Falls

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Niagara Falls:

  • Private Departure Transfer to Buffalo Airport (BUF): $104
  • Private Transfer: Niagara Falls, ON to Pearson Int’l Airport (YYZ): $135
  • Buffalo Niagara Airport (BUF) to Buffalo - Arrival Private Transfer: $42
  • Buffalo Niagara Airport (BUF) to Buffalo - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $84
  • Buffalo Niagara Airport to Holiday Valley - Round-Trip Transfer: $265
  • Buffalo Niagara Airport(BUF) to Holiday Valley - Arrival Transfer: $133
  • Buffalo to Buffalo Niagara Airport (BUF) - Departure Private Transfer: $42
  • Departure Private Transfer: Niagara Falls to Toronto Airport YYZ in Luxury SUV: $198
  • Niagara Buffalo Airport Arrival: Private Transfer to Niagara Falls Ontario: $80
  • Niagara Buffalo Airport Departure: Private Transfer to Buffalo Niagara Airport: $80
  • Niagara Falls to Pearson Toronto Airport Private Transfer: $224
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Buffalo Airport (BUF): $96

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Niagara Falls?

Prices for flights to both Niagara Falls 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
    Niagara Falls $28
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Niagara Falls

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

  • The Wing Ride: The Hidden History of Chicken Wings Food Tour: $105
  • Sunset Wine Tour with Dinner Niagara On The Lake: $146
  • Guided Night Tour w/ Dinner & Hotel Transfer: $149
  • Sunset Niagara-on-the-Lake Small Group Wine Tour with Dinner: $180
  • Evening Lights Tour with Skylon Tower Dinner: $184
  • Niagara Falls Evening Lights Tour With Skylon Tower Dinner: $194
  • Niagara Wine Tasting and three courses Dinner: $194
  • Night on Niagara Walking Tour with Fireworks Cruise + Dinner: $200
  • Night Tour w/ 3 Course Dinner & Light Show: $204
  • Niagara Falls Canada: Small Group Night Tour w/Boat & Dinner: $219
  • Niagara Falls USA Night, Lights & Dinner : $229
  • Night on Niagara Small Group Tour w/Fireworks Boat Cruise +Dinner: $246

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $16
    Niagara Falls $20
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:

  • 3-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour: $3.29
  • Calgary Tips-Based Walking Tour | 3-Hour: $5.00
  • Downtown Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.11
  • Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.11
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours: $15
  • Experience the season with a scavenger hunt in Calgary with Holly Jolly Hunt: $21
  • Calgary Downtown: 2-Hour Introductory Walking Tour: $21
  • Heritage Park Historical Village Admission Ticket: $26
  • Calgary self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt: $38
  • Sheep & Spirits: Diamond Valley Hiking Experience: $39
  • 3-Hour Sightseeing Bus Tour: $45

Typical Entertainment Prices in Niagara Falls

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Niagara Falls are as follows:

  • Maid of the Mist

Tours and Activities in Niagara Falls

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Niagara Falls are as follows:

  • Visit Niagara Falls with bus ticket from/to Hamilton Airport: $3.65
  • Niagara Peninsula Smartphone Audio Driving Tour: $6.20
  • Niagara Falls, Canada: Niagara Adventure Theater: $11
  • Niagara Falls, Canada: Niagara SkyWheel Ticket: $12
  • Niagara SkyWheel Admission Ticket: $13
  • Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site Admission and Guided Tour: $13
  • Niagara's Fury 4D Experience Entry Ticket: $14
  • Niagara Falls, Canada: White Water Walk Entry Ticket: $16
  • Niagara Falls, Canada: Skylon Tower Observation Deck Ticket: $16
  • Niagara Falls, Canada: Bird Kingdom Entry Ticket: $16
  • Buffalo Bills Football Game Ticket at Highmark Stadium: $18
  • Unique Scavenger Hunt Experience in Buffalo by Zombie Scavengers: $20

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Niagara Falls $11

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Niagara Falls

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

  • Niagara Wine Tour and Tastings with Included Transportation : $56
  • Small Group Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine Tasting Tour: $97
  • Sip, Swirl and Savour Chocolate & Wine Tour : $104
  • Niagara Craft Brewery Tour Niagara Falls: $110
  • Half-Day Niagara Micro Brewery Tour: $112
  • Niagara All American All inclusive Boutique Wine Tour : $114
  • Half Day Wine & Cheese Tour - Niagara On The Lake Wine Tour: $120
  • Vine and Dine Bicycle Wine Tour with Lunch : $127
  • Full-Day Group Wine Tour (with cheese and charcuterie) in Niagara-on-the-Lake: $142
  • Relaxing three courses Lunch & Wine Tour through Niagara's Wine Country: $149
  • Guided Wine Tour through the Niagara Wine Trail: $149
  • Luxury Buffalo Brewery Tour: $149

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

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

Which is Bigger, Calgary or Niagara Falls?

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