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

Should you visit Edmonton or Toronto?

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 Toronto can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Edmonton or Toronto?


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.


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 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 Toronto is $204. 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 Toronto in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Edmonton $102
    Toronto $86
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Edmonton $204
    Toronto $172
Compare Hotels in Edmonton and Toronto

Looking for a hotel in Edmonton 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 Edmonton

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: Edmonton Hotel Prices and Toronto Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Edmonton $80
    Toronto $32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Edmonton

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Edmonton:

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

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Toronto

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

  • Airport Shuttle
  • Train: 2 Day Passes

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Toronto

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

  • Convenient bus transfer between Hamilton Airport and Toronto: $3.65
  • Express Train Transfer to/from Pearson Airport: $9.03
  • One Way: from/to Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) - Private Transfer: $38
  • Private Departure Transfer-Toronto to Pearson Airport(YYZ) or YTZ: $41
  • Private transfer from Pearson Airport(YYZ) to Toronto City Center: $49
  • Arrival Private Transfer from Toronto Pearson Airport to Toronto: $64
  • Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) to Toronto hotel/address -Arrival Private Transfer: $64
  • Niagara Falls Day Trip with Wine Tasting & Transfer: $70
  • Private Transfer: Toronto Pearson Airport or Oakville City Ontario: $74
  • Private Transfer in Ontario: $75
  • Private Transfer from Hamilton to Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ): $76
  • Private Transfer from Toronto Pearson Airport YYZ to Hamilton: $76

Is it cheaper to fly into Edmonton or Toronto?

Prices for flights to both Toronto 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
    Toronto $65
Typical Food Prices in Edmonton

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

  • Snacks

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
  • Dinner at Mill Street Brewery (for 2)

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Toronto

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

  • E-Scooter Food Tour Toronto: $45
  • Premium Harbor Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner: $61
  • Toronto Food Tour: Taste the World in Kensington Market: $67
  • Toronto Delicious Donut Adventure & Walking Food Tour: $72
  • 3–Hour Secret Food Tour: $74
  • Toronto Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $74
  • Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour: $80
  • Toronto's Fusion Food Tour: $80
  • Father's Day Premier Cruise with Brunch or Dinner: $90
  • Toronto Premier Dinner Cruise on Odyssey in Toronto Harbour: $110
  • Toronto Obsession III Dinner Cruise: $129
  • Toronto Food Tour with Local Foodie, Personalized & Private: $154

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Edmonton $91
    Toronto $31

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: $4.49
  • Edmonton Food Bike Tour: $101
  • 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: $101
  • Guided Edmonton Donut Bike Tour: $67
  • Romantic Tour Around Edmonton For Couples: $227
  • Scavenger Hunt Adventure in Edmonton by Crazy Dash: $10

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
  • CN Tower at night for Two
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise
  • Bata Shoe Museum (2)

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: $3.65
  • Downtown City Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Tour: $4.34
  • Downtown Toronto Walking Tour: $4.49
  • Toronto Tips-Based Walking Tour | 3-Hour: $5.00
  • Between Huntsville and Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.11
  • Tips-Based City Highlights Walking Tour: $5.12
  • Kensington Market: Downtown Toronto Self-Guided Audio Tour: $5.99
  • Toronto's Waterfront: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $6.20
  • Explore Canada's Metropolis with Walking Tours Through Toronto: $6.73
  • Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tours: $7.73
  • Old Town The Dark Side Quest Experience: $8.13
  • Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tour: $8.14

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Edmonton -
    Toronto $22

Sample the Local Flavors in Edmonton

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Edmonton:

  • Edmonton Brewery Tour: $105

Sample the Local Flavors in Toronto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Toronto:

  • Distillery District Outdoor Escape Game: $8.13
  • Distillery District Historic Walking Tour: $17
  • Corktown and Distillery District Tour: $27
  • Short Distillery District Segway Tour: $31
  • 30-Minute Distillery District Segway Tour in Toronto: $36
  • Toronto Distillery District self-guided walking tour & hunt: $38
  • Pub Crawl Toronto: $38
  • Pub Crawl Toronto: $39
  • Distillery District Breakfast Walking Tour: $40
  • Toronto Distillery District Self-Guided Walking Tour: $43
  • Private Corktown and Distillery District Tour: $54
  • Craft Brewery Tour: $88

When comparing the travel costs between Edmonton and Toronto, we can see that Toronto is more expensive. However, the two cities are actually relatively comparable in price, as the difference is somewhat minimal. Generally, this means that you could travel with generally the same travel style and level of luxury in each place. Since both cities are in North America, it's no surprise that their costs are relatively close, as many destinations here have somewhat similar travel prices overall.

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

Which is Bigger, Edmonton or Toronto?

Toronto has a larger population, and is about 6 times larger than the population of Edmonton. When comparing the sizes of Edmonton 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.