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

Should you visit Calgary or Vernon?

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 Vernon 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 Vernon?


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.


Vernon is located in British Columbia, Canada. It's in the Okanagan region of the Southern Interior and dates back to 1892. The city has a population of about 40,000 and the Greater Vernon area has a population of about 58,584. It's the largest city in the North Okanagan Regional District. In many ways Vernon feels like most other towns around North America, but if you find yourself here with some time to spare, you can find a handful of activities that will help you see it's unique personality and interesting qualities. The town is most popular for its lakes and beaches during the summer monts, and its skiing and hockey during the winter months.

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, Vernon 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 Vernon is $31. 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 Vernon in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Calgary $74
    Vernon $4.85
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Calgary $148
    Vernon $9.70
Compare Hotels in Calgary and Vernon

Looking for a hotel in Calgary or Vernon? 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 Vernon

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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 Vernon Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Calgary $13
    Vernon -

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
  • 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 hotel or address to Calgary Airport (YYC) - Departure Private Transfer: $116
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Lake Louise - Arrival Private Transfer: $116
  • Roundtrip Transfer Private Vehicle Calgary Airport (YYC) -Calgary Downtown: $121
  • Calgary Airport to Sunshine Village Private Round-Trip Transfer: $121

Is it cheaper to fly into Calgary or Vernon?

Prices for flights to both Vernon 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
    Vernon $25
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: $82

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Calgary $16
    Vernon -
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:

  • Calgary Tips-Based Walking Tour | 3-Hour: $5.00
  • Downtown Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.13
  • 3-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour: $5.14
  • 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: $22
  • 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

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Calgary $11
    Vernon $13

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

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

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

Which is Bigger, Calgary or Vernon?

Calgary has a larger population, and is about 20 times larger than the population of Vernon. When comparing the sizes of Calgary and Vernon, 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.