A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Dakar vs. Calgary for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Dakar or Calgary?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Dakar or Calgary, this travel comparison, which includes costs, can help. The overall cost of travel is usually a consideration when deciding where to go next, and the cost comparison down below can help you decide based on the average prices from other travelers along with your own travel budget.

Where Should I go: Dakar or Calgary?


Located in West Africa, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal and an Atlantic port on the Cap-Vert peninsula. Main attractions include the city's markets, the Dakar Grand Mosque, Goree Island, the IFAN Museum, the African Renaissance Monument, beaches, and the Senegal Zoo.


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.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Adventure Tours to Senegal, The Best Luxury Tours to Senegal, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Canada, and The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Canada.

Which place is cheaper, Calgary or Dakar?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Dakar is $61, while the average daily cost in Calgary is $154. 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 Dakar and Calgary in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Dakar $32
    Calgary $73
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Dakar $64
    Calgary $146
Compare Hotels in Dakar and Calgary

Looking for a hotel in Dakar or Calgary? 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 Dakar

Hotels in Calgary

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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.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Dakar $5.32
    Calgary $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Dakar

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Dakar:

  • AIBD-DAKAR transfer: $49
  • Blaise Diagne Int Airport (DSS): Transfer to Dakar hotels: $209
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Dakar (Return): $120
  • DSS Airport Transfer <-> Saly (One way): $66
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Dakar (two directions): $82
  • Private Transfer DSS AIBD Airport - Palmarin/Ndangane (two directions): $174
  • Private Transfer from Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS) to Dakar: $204
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Blaise Diagne Airport (DSS): $204
  • Private Transfer from Dakar to Dakar Airport DSS by Sedan, Minivan or Minibus: $80
  • Transfer - DSS Airport <-> Dakar (One way): $66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Calgary

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Calgary:

  • Alberta Transfer: Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Calgary: $64
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Calgary Airport YYC to Calgary in Luxury Van: $128
  • Banff To Calgary Airport - Private Transfer: $362
  • Calgary Air to Fairmont/Radium Hot Springs Round-Trip Transfer: $295
  • Calgary Airport (YYC) to Lake Louise | Private Transfer: $235
  • Calgary Airport to Banff Thermal Resorts Private Arrival Transfer: $139
  • Calgary Airport to Fairmont/Radium Hot Springs Arrival Transfer: $147
  • Calgary Airport to Kicking Horse Private Round Trip Transfer: $153
  • Calgary Airport(YYC) to Lake Louise Round Trip Private Transfer: $229
  • Calgary Downtown Transfers: $87
  • Calgary Int Airport (YYC) to Fernie - Arrival Private Transfer: $76
  • Calgary International Airport (YYC) to Field - Roundtrip Transfer: $251

Is it cheaper to fly into Dakar or Calgary?

Prices for flights to both Calgary and Dakar 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
    Dakar $19
    Calgary $31
Typical Food Prices in Dakar

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

  • Breakfast

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Dakar

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

  • Senegalese Street Food Tour in Dakar: $105

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

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Dakar $13
    Calgary $15

Tours and Activities in Dakar

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

  • Private custom tour with a local guide: $30
  • Private Custom Walking Tour with a Local Guide in Dakar: $31
  • Half Day Dakar City Tour: $105
  • Private City Tour: $108
  • Full Day Private Tour in move, eat, act like a local: $109
  • Mamelles Lighthouse and Ngor Island (Walking Tour): $130
  • Half-Day GOREE Island Tour:The Heritage Tour: $130
  • From Dakar or Saly: Half-Day Tour to Pink Lake: $137
  • Full-Day Private Dakar City Tour : $142
  • Full Day Goree Island And Dakar City Tour : $142
  • Day trip Goree island and Dakar city tour : $159
  • Full-Day DAKAR city / GOREE Island Tour: $160

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:

  • Ottawa: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.20
  • Downtown Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.07
  • Bow River Trail Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.07
  • Downtown Calgary a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.22
  • 3-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour: $6.53
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Rocky Mountains: Smartphone Driving and Walking Audio Tours: $15
  • Calgary Flames Ice Hockey Game Ticket: $19
  • 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: $25
  • Calgary self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt: $38

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Dakar $8.92
    Calgary $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
  • Calgary Brewery Tour: $90

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Dakar and Calgary, we can see that Calgary is more expensive. And not only is Dakar much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. Since Dakar is in Africa and Calgary is in North America, this is one of the main reasons why the costs are so different, as different regions of the world tend to have overall different travel costs. So, traveling to Dakar would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Dakar 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 Dakar.

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

Which is Bigger, Dakar or Calgary?

Dakar has a larger population, and is about 2 times larger than the population of Calgary. When comparing the sizes of Dakar and Calgary, 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.