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

Should you visit Edmonton or Victoria?

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

Where Should I go: Edmonton or Victoria?


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 city of British Columbia, Canada, Victoria is positioned near the southern edge of Vancouver Island. It's a wonderfully pleasant city and has been nicknamed the Garden City because of its vast green space and public gardens. There is a population of just over 80,000 in the city proper and almost 350,000 in the greater metropolitan area. Dating back to 1843, it's also one of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest. As such, it has many historic buildings and beautiful architecture. It also has the second oldest Chinatown in North America, following San Francisco's.

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Which place is cheaper, Victoria 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 Victoria is $183. 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 Victoria in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Edmonton $102
    Victoria $114
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Edmonton $204
    Victoria $228
Compare Hotels in Edmonton and Victoria

Looking for a hotel in Edmonton or Victoria? 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 Victoria

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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 Victoria Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Edmonton $80
    Victoria $37

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

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Victoria

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

  • Victoria to Vancouver Ferry with Bus Transfer: $73
  • Victoria to Vancouver - Coach Bus Transfer: $75
  • Victoria to Vancouver - Vancouver Airport (YVR) Drop Off - Coach Bus Transfer: $88
  • Victoria to Vancouver - Vancouver Cruise Terminal Drop Off - Coach Bus Transfer: $88
  • Vancouver: Seaplane Transfer between Vancouver & Victoria: $222
  • Seaplane Transfer between Victoria and Whistler: $234

Is it cheaper to fly into Edmonton or Victoria?

Prices for flights to both Victoria 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
    Victoria $27
Typical Food Prices in Edmonton

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

  • Snacks

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Victoria

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

  • Chocolate Lovers Food Tour: $44
  • Chinatown and Old Town Food Tour with Tastings: $58
  • Hip & Hidden Chinatown + Old Town Food Tour Victoria: $60
  • Sip, Savor, Stroll Evening Food Tour: $146

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Edmonton $91
    Victoria $46

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

Tours and Activities in Victoria

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

  • 2.5-hour Tips-Based City Walking Tour: $3.29
  • Victoria self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide: $4.34
  • Victoria Tips-Based Walking Tour | 2.5-Hour: $5.00
  • Victoria Harbor: Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.11
  • Uncover Victoria's Secrets: In-App Audio Tour: $11
  • Victoria, BC: Murder Mystery Detective Experience: $11
  • Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Walking Tour: $13
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $14
  • Experience Victoria Walking Tour: $15
  • Butterfly Gardens Admission Ticket: $15
  • Victoria Butterfly Gardens Ticket: $15
  • Historical Chinatown Walking Tour: $16

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Edmonton -
    Victoria $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Edmonton

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Edmonton:

  • Edmonton Brewery Tour: $105

Sample the Local Flavors in Victoria

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

  • Guided Pub Crawl with Ferry Rides and Appetizers: $48
  • Local Brewery Tour with a Guide: $88
  • Victoria Craft Brewery Tour: $90
  • Victoria Wine Tour with Wine Tastings and Charcuterie: $135
  • 6-Hour Victoria to Cowichan Wine Tour: $139
  • Cowichan Valley Premium Wine Tour: $438

When comparing the travel costs between Edmonton and Victoria, we can see that Victoria 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 Victoria Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Edmonton or Victoria?

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