A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Edmonton vs. Montreal for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Edmonton or Montreal?

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

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Edmonton and Montreal can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Edmonton or Montreal?


The capital of Alberta, Canada, Edmonton has a population of just over one million people in its metropolitan area. It is also North America's northernmost city of this large size. It's a beautiful place to visit because of the North Saskatchewan River Valley which has over one hundred kilometers of hiking trails, wildlife spotting, and overlooks. The valley has a string of parks which are wonderful to visit. In addition to the beautiful outdoor setting and activities, Edmonton also offers the largest shopping mall in North America, West Edmonton Mall. It's also a city with a lot of culture including a lively theater scene, many different festivals, and no shortage of sporting events that you could attend.


While Quebec City is the political capital of Quebec Province, Montreal is the economic and cultural capital. It's also the second largest city in Canada, with a population of about 1.9 million and 4 million in the metropolitan area. It's the second largest French speaking city in the world behind Paris.

Montreal is a very trendy and vibrant city with an active nightlife and countless activities to enjoy. It's located on an island in the St. Lawrence River and has a humid continental climate. There are four distinct seasons. Summers are warm or hot and humid. Spring and fall are mild and winters are cold and snowy. You can expect about 2 meters of snow every year, but there are also more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually.

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Which place is cheaper, Montreal or Edmonton?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Edmonton is $181, while the average daily cost in Montreal is $210. 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 Edmonton and Montreal in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Edmonton $102
    Montreal $132
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Edmonton $204
    Montreal $264
Compare Hotels in Edmonton and Montreal

Looking for a hotel in Edmonton or Montreal? 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 Edmonton

Hotels in Montreal

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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: Edmonton Hotel Prices and Montreal Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Edmonton $80
    Montreal $21

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Edmonton

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Edmonton:

  • Edmonton to Edmonton Airport (YEG) - Departure Private Transfer: $43
  • Private Departure Transfer from Hotels to Edmonton Airport: $43

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montreal

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

  • Private Transfer from Montreal Cruise Port to Montreal City: $36
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Montreal Airport YUL: $44
  • Private Transfer: Montreal City Center to Pierre E.T. Airport-YUL: $49
  • Le Terminal Cruise Port to Québec Airport YQB Departure Transfer: $57
  • Private Transfer from Montreal hotels to Montréal Airport (YUL): $57
  • Private Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL: $58
  • Arrival Transfer from International Airport: $64
  • Arrival Transfer from International Airport: $65
  • Transfer in private vehicle from Montreal CityCenter- to Montreal Airport (YUL): $67
  • Montreal Best Private Transfer services : $82
  • Private Transfer: Montreal to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL): $88
  • Private Transfer from Montreal City to Montreal (YUL) Airport: $92

Is it cheaper to fly into Edmonton or Montreal?

Prices for flights to both Montreal and Edmonton 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
    Edmonton $16
    Montreal $36
Typical Food Prices in Edmonton

Some typical examples of dining costs in Edmonton are as follows:

  • Snacks

Typical Food Prices in Montreal

Here are some examples of typical meal expenses from previous travelers to Montreal:

  • Tim Hortons breakfast and coffee

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montreal

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

  • Cooking Class and Tasting Menu with Michelin Chef: $50
  • Bateau-Mouche Cruise with A La Carte Dinner Option: $58
  • No Diet Club: Walking food Tour with many tastings: $60
  • Historical Food Tour with 6 Tastings: $65
  • Beyond the Market Food Tour by Spade & Palacio: $74
  • Montreal Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $74
  • Old Montreal Food & Drink Tour by Local Montreal Food Tours: $104
  • Jewish Neighborhood Food Tour: $130
  • Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise with Music & VIP Option: $160
  • Montreal Food Tour with a Michelin Star-Trained Chef : $160
  • Personalized Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $210
  • Cooking Class in Montreal with a Michelin-Star Trained Chef: $224

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Edmonton $91
    Montreal $21

Tours and Activities in Edmonton

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

  • Discover the Early History of Strathcona with Historic Walking Tour: $4.51
  • Edmonton Food Bike Tour: $108
  • Edmonton River Valley 60-Minute Segway Adventure: $45
  • Edmonton River Valley 90-Minute Segway Adventure: $64
  • Edmonton Self-Guided Audio Tour: $9.00
  • 1-Hour Segway Adventure in Louise McKinney Park: $44
  • 2-Hour River Valley Guided Segway Tour & Ice Cream: $87
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • Festival Food Bike Tour: $108
  • Guided Edmonton Donut Bike Tour: $67
  • Lil' Bites Bike Tour: $85
  • Romantic Tour Around Edmonton For Couples: $227

Typical Entertainment Prices in Montreal

For Montreal, here are some examples of average entertainment and activity prices from previous travelers:

  • Botanical Gardens (family of 4)

Tours and Activities in Montreal

Also, here are some specific examples of entertainment, tickets, and activities for Montreal.

  • First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • Montreal self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide: $4.34
  • Montreal Scavenger Hunt and Best Landmarks Self-Guided Tour: $4.41
  • Montréal's Mile End to Outremont: A Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.20
  • Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $7.59
  • Escape Game and Tour: $8.68
  • APP Self-Guided Tours Montreal with Audioguide: $8.83
  • Montreal Art Center & Museum Audio Guided Tour: $10
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11
  • McCord Stewart Museum : Entry Ticket: $15
  • Self-Guided Old Town Scavenger Hunt Walking Tour: $15
  • Montreal Old Port: Urban Zipline Ticket: $16

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Edmonton -
    Montreal $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Edmonton

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Edmonton:

  • Edmonton Brewery Tour: $105

Typical Alcohol Prices in Montreal

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for alcohol and nightlife costs in Montreal:

  • Vodka

Sample the Local Flavors in Montreal

Here are a few nightlife and alcohol tours and activities from local tour providers in Montreal:

  • Haunted Montreal Pub Crawl: $22
  • Guided Bar Crawl with Free Shots and Club Entry: $42

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Edmonton and Montreal, we can see that Montreal is more expensive. And not only is Edmonton much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Edmonton would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Edmonton 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 Montreal would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Montreal than you might in Edmonton.

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

Which is Bigger, Edmonton or Montreal?

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