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

Should you visit Calgary or Quebec City?

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 Quebec City 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 Quebec City?

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.

Quebec City

Quebec City is the capital of the Quebec province. It has a dramatic location on the cliffs by St. Lawrence Seaway and the city's Old Town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quebec is a mid sized city with a population of about 700,000. Most of the economy is administrative and bureaucratic, but the city has a very impressive history as the fortress capital of New France. French is the official language of the entire province, but most people in the tourist areas of Quebec City speak English.

Which place is cheaper, Quebec City 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 Quebec City is $128. 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 Quebec City in more detail.



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

Looking for a hotel in Calgary or Quebec City? 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 Quebec City


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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 Quebec City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $13
    Quebec City $16

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 Quebec City

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Quebec City are as follows:


  • Parking in Quebec City
    $3.71

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quebec City

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Quebec City:

  • Le Terminal Quebec Cruise Port to Quebec - Arrival Private Transfer: $98
  • Le Terminal Quebec Cruise Port to Quebec - Round-Trip Private Transfer : $195
  • Le Terminal Quebec Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Quebec: $230
  • Le Terminal Quebec Port to Québec Airport (YQB) - Departure Private Transfer: $57
  • Le Terminal Quebec Port to Quebec city - Arrival Private Transfer: $98
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Quebec Airport YQB: $120
  • Private Departure Transfer to Quebec Airport YQB: $120
  • Private Transfer from Jean Lesage Airport to Québec City: $52
  • Private Transfer from Québec City to Jean Lesage Airport: $52
  • Private Transfer from Quebec City Airport (YQB) to Saguenay Port: $93
  • Private Transfer from Quebec City Hotels to Saguenay Cruise Port: $93
  • Private Transfer from Quebec City to YQB airport: $110

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Quebec City?

Prices for flights to both Quebec City 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
    Quebec City $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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Quebec City

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Quebec City.

  • 5-Course Dinner Cruise with Music & VIP Option: $162
  • Old Quebec 5-Course Gourmet Food Tour: $192
  • Combo Historical and Food Tour of the Old Quebec City: $196
  • Evening Gourmet Tour 5 Course Dinner - History and Food in Old Quebec City: $196

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $16
    Quebec City $24
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 Quebec City

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

  • Old Québec: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.23
  • City Exploration Game and Tour: $4.31
  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $4.31
  • Old Quebec Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $4.39
  • Québec City: Artillery Park Tour: $6.67
  • Quebec: Interactive Tour of the Fortifications: $6.67
  • Walking Tour - Quebec City - The Heart of New France: $6.80
  • APP Self-Guided Tours Quebec with Audioguide: $8.77
  • Québec City: Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux Guided Site Tour: $8.90
  • Quebec City Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • Observatoire de la Capitale Entry Ticket: $11
  • MNBAQ National Fine Arts Museum Entry Ticket: $12

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Quebec City $19

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

Sample the Local Flavors in Quebec City

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Quebec City:

  • Honey and Distillery Tour with Tasting: $21
  • Craft Brewery and Beer Tasting Tour: $51
  • Island of Orleans Wine Tour: $77
  • Wine Tasting on Ile d'Orleans: $80
  • Quebec City : eTandem Rental on Ile d'Orleans-wine tasting: $118


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

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


Which is Bigger, Calgary or Quebec City?

Calgary has a larger population, and is about 93% larger than the population of Quebec City. When comparing the sizes of Calgary and Quebec City, 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.