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

Should you visit Edmonton or Winnipeg?

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

Where Should I go: Edmonton or Winnipeg?


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.


Winnipeg is the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba. Its heart is The Forks, a historic site at the intersection of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, with warehouses converted to shops and restaurants, plus ample green space dedicated to festivals, concerts and exhibits. Nearby, the Exchange District is known for its well-preserved, early 20th-century architecture and numerous art galleries. Rising above the prairie, Winnipeg is a metropolis where you least expect it. Cultured, confident and captivating, it’s more than just a pit stop on the Trans-Canada haul, but a destination in its own right, with a couple of world-class museums and a wonderfully diverse dining scene.

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Which place is cheaper, Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg is $253. 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 Winnipeg in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Edmonton $102
    Winnipeg $92
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Edmonton $204
    Winnipeg $184
Compare Hotels in Edmonton and Winnipeg

Looking for a hotel in Edmonton or Winnipeg? 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 Winnipeg

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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 Winnipeg Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Edmonton $80
    Winnipeg -

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 Winnipeg

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

  • Private Transfer from Winnipeg Airport to Winnipeg Accommodation : $37
  • Private Transfer from Winnipeg Airport (YWG) to Winnipeg Hotels: $62
  • Private Transfer from Winnipeg Hotels to Winnipeg Airport: $62
  • Winnipeg accomodation to Winnipeg Airport (YWG) - Departure Private Transfer: $62
  • Winnipeg Airport (YWG) to Winnipeg accomodation - Arrival Private Transfer: $62
  • Winnipeg Airport (YWG) to Winnipeg accomodation - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $124
  • Arrivals Private Transfer from Richardson Airport: $141
  • Winnipeg One way Private transfer from/to the Airport: $200

Is it cheaper to fly into Edmonton or Winnipeg?

Prices for flights to both Winnipeg 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
    Winnipeg $5.44
Typical Food Prices in Edmonton

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

  • Snacks

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Edmonton $91
    Winnipeg $2.54

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

Tours and Activities in Winnipeg

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

  • The Forks Self-Guided Smartphone Tour with Audio: $5.11
  • Assiniboine Park Self-Guided Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.11
  • Wealthy Beginnings Audio Walking Tour: $5.11
  • Winnipeg in the Limelight: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.11
  • Manitoba Legislative Grounds Audio Walking Tour: $5.11
  • Self-Guided Smartphone Audio Ghost Tour: $5.11
  • Winnipeg in the Limelight: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.98
  • The Forks Historic Site: a Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.98
  • Discover Assiniboine Park with a Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.98
  • Winnipeg's Wealthy Beginnings: a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.98
  • Winnipeg's Most Haunted: a Smartphone Audio Ghost Tour: $5.98
  • Manitoba Legislative Grounds: a Smartphone Audio Tour & Trivia Challenge: $5.98

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Edmonton -
    Winnipeg -

Sample the Local Flavors in Edmonton

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Edmonton:

  • Edmonton Brewery Tour: $105

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Edmonton and Winnipeg, we can see that Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Edmonton or Winnipeg?

Edmonton has a larger population, and is about 13% larger than the population of Winnipeg. When comparing the sizes of Edmonton and Winnipeg, 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.