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

Should you visit Calgary or Toronto?

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 Toronto 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 Toronto?

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.

Toronto

The capital of Ontario and the most populated city in Canada, Toronto is a very popular travel destination for any number of reasons. It's positioned along the coast of Lake Ontario and has a population of more than 2.6 million with 6.2 million in the Greater Toronto Area. It's a very international and diverse city, with a very rich cultural history. More than half of the city's population was not born in Canada, and there are more than eighty different ethnic neighborhoods sprinkled throughout the city. The city is a center for music, theater, film, and television. It has countless museums, festivals, and sights that attract more than 25 million tourists every year.

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Which place is cheaper, Toronto 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 Toronto is $205. 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 Toronto in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Calgary $74
    Toronto $87
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Calgary $148
    Toronto $174
Compare Hotels in Calgary and Toronto

Looking for a hotel in Calgary or Toronto? 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 Toronto


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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 Toronto Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $13
    Toronto $33

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
  • Transfer in Private Vehicle from Calgary Airport (YYC) - Calgary Downtown: $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: $113
  • Private Transfer from YYC Airport to Kicking Horse or Panorama: $77
  • 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 to Calgary Airport YYC in Business Car: $109

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Toronto

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Toronto are as follows:


  • Airport Shuttle
    $27
  • Train: 2 Day Passes
    $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Toronto

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

  • Private Transfer:- Toronto Pearson Airport to Waterloo Black Car Service: $94
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Toronto Pearson Airport to Toronto: $64
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Pearson Airport YYZ to Toronto in Luxury Car: $153
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Pearson Airport YYZ to Toronto in Luxury Van: $159
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Toronto Airport YYZ to Niagara Falls in Business Car: $296
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Toronto YYZ Airport to Toronto City by SUV or Minibus: $76
  • Arrival Transfer: Pearson Airport YYZ to Toronto in Sedan Car: $153
  • Convenient bus transfer between Hamilton Airport and Toronto: $3.67
  • Departure Private Transfer Toronto City to Toronto Airport YYZ by SUV or Minibus: $66
  • Departure Private Transfer: Toronto to Pearson Airport YYZ in Luxury Car: $153
  • Departure Private Transfer: Toronto to Pearson Airport YYZ in Luxury Van: $135
  • Departure Transfer: Toronto to Pearson Airport YYZ in Luxury SUV: $175

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Toronto?

Prices for flights to both Toronto 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 $31
    Toronto $66
Typical Food Prices in Calgary

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


  • Bread, Chips, Cheese
    $8.19

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 Toronto

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


  • Lunch at St. Lawrence Market for Two
    $23
  • Dinner at Mill Street Brewery (for 2)
    $56

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Toronto

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

  • 3–Hour Secret Food Tour: $73
  • Toronto Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $75
  • Scenic Harbor Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner: $76
  • Toronto's Fusion Food Tour: $81
  • Toronto's Fusion Food Tour: $81
  • Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour: $81
  • Father's Day Premier Cruise with Brunch or Dinner: $91
  • Mother's Day Premier Cruise with Brunch or Dinner: $91
  • Toronto Premier Dinner Cruise on Odyssey in Toronto Harbour: $111
  • Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour with Optional Boat & Dinner: $113
  • Toronto Food Tour with Local Foodie, Personalized & Private: $153
  • Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional): $158

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $16
    Toronto $31
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:

  • 2-Hour Private Walking Tour of Calgary's Highlights: $242
  • 2-Hour Scooter Tour of Calgary's City Highlights: $70
  • 3-Hour Bike Tour of Calgary, E-Bike Upgrade Options Available: $103
  • 3-Hour Street Art Tour of Calgary with Craft Beer Tastings: $103
  • Banff Area & Johnston Canyon 1-Day Tour from Calgary or Banff: $117
  • Banff Deep 1 Day Tour in Banff National Park: $173
  • Banff Hot Springs - Gondola - Wildlife Tour from Calgary/Banff: $117
  • Banff National Park Adventure from Calgary /Small group : $121
  • Banff National Park Tour from Calgary/small group : $132
  • Banff Tour with Gondola & Lake Cruise - roundtrip from Calgary: $244
  • Banff, Lake Louise & Moraine Lake Tour from Calgary, Canmore: $97
  • Calgary City Sightseeing Tour: $165

Typical Entertainment Prices in Toronto

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Toronto's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Art Gallery of Ontario for Two
    $15
  • CN Tower at night for Two
    $36
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise
    $26
  • Bata Shoe Museum (2)
    $7.34

Tours and Activities in Toronto

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

  • Explore Niagara Falls with bus ticket from/to Toronto: $3.67
  • Downtown City Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.34
  • Old Town Toronto History Tour: $4.54
  • City Highlights Walking Tour: $5.15
  • Toronto's Financial District and City Halls: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.20
  • Kensington Market, Chinatown and the Art Gallery of Ontario: A Self-Guided Tour: $5.99
  • Kensington Market: Downtown Toronto Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Toronto's Waterfront: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $6.25
  • Between Huntsville and Smartphone Audio Tour: $6.25
  • Explore Canada's Metropolis with Walking Tours Through Toronto: $6.80
  • Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tour: $8.13
  • Bata Shoe Museum Entrance Ticket: $10

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Toronto $22

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: $84
  • Calgary Brewery Tour: $91

Sample the Local Flavors in Toronto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Toronto:

  • Distillery District Outdoor Escape Game: $8.12
  • Finest Whisky Exploration Game in Toronto Distillery District: $8.26
  • Distillery District Historic Walking Tour: $17
  • Spirits of the Distillery District Ghost Tour: $21
  • Corktown and Distillery District Tour: $27
  • Short Distillery District Segway Tour: $36
  • Toronto Distillery District self-guided walking tour & hunt: $38
  • Pub Crawl Toronto: $39
  • Pub Crawl Toronto: $39
  • Distillery District Breakfast Walking Tour: $41
  • Toronto Distillery District Self-Guided Walking Tour: $44
  • 5-Hour Premium Night Pub Crawl Experience in Toronto: $75


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Calgary and Toronto, we can see that Toronto 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 Toronto would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Toronto 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 Toronto Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Calgary or Toronto?

Toronto has a larger population, and is about 5 times larger than the population of Calgary. When comparing the sizes of Calgary and Toronto, 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.