A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Halifax vs. Quebec City for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Halifax or Quebec City?

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

If you're trying to decide where to visit between Halifax or Quebec City, 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: Halifax or Quebec City?


The quaint and charming coastal town of Halifax, Nova Scotia has an interesting personality. While it caters to travelers from all over the world, it maintains the pace and lifestyle of a small town.

Steeped in maritime history, Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia, and one of the world's greatest natural harbors. This busy seaport serves as the economic and cultural hub of Eastern Canada.

When planning your trip keep in mind that this city has a climate like other coastal cities. Summers are nice with the occasional humidity. Winters are mild, but still full of snow and wind. The best time of year to visit is most certainly the fall.

Quebec City

Quebec City is the capital of the Quebec province. It has a dramatic location on the cliffs by St. Lawrence Seaway and the city's Old Town has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quebec is a mid sized city with a population of about 700,000. Most of the economy is administrative and bureaucratic, but the city has a very impressive history as the fortress capital of New France. French is the official language of the entire province, but most people in the tourist areas of Quebec City speak English.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best G Adventures Tours to Canada, The Best 3-Day Tours from Vancouver, The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Vancouver, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Toronto.

Which place is cheaper, Quebec City or Halifax?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Halifax is $114, while the average daily cost in Quebec City is $126. 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 Halifax and Quebec City in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Halifax $65
    Quebec City $73
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Halifax $130
    Quebec City $146
Compare Hotels in Halifax and Quebec City

Looking for a hotel in Halifax or Quebec City? 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 Halifax

Hotels in Quebec City

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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: Halifax Hotel Prices and Quebec City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Halifax $17
    Quebec City $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Halifax

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

  • From Peggy’s Cove Small-Group Tour with Transfers: $79
  • Halifax Airport (YHZ) to Halifax Cruise Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $67
  • Halifax Cruise Port: Private Transfer to Halifax hotels: $132
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ) to Halifax Port-Arrival Transfer: $34
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport (YHZ): Transfer to Halifax Port: $208
  • Halifax Stanfield Airport(YHZ) to Halifax Port - Arrival Transfer: $34
  • Transfer to/from Stanfield International Airport: $44
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Halifax Stanfield Airport YHZ: $85
  • Private Transfer from Halifax Stanfield Airport to Halifax: $36

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Quebec City

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Quebec City are as follows:

  • Parking in Quebec City

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quebec City

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Quebec City:

  • YQB Quebec City Airport Cruise Terminal Train Station Transfer: $99
  • YQB Airport Transfer: $96
  • Quebec to Le Terminal Quebec Port - Departure Private Transfer: $97
  • Quebec city private transfer: $97
  • Jean Lesage Arrivals Private Airport Transfer: $108
  • Quebec Airport (YQB) to Downtown private transfer: $116
  • Québec Airport (YQB): Transfer to Le Terminal Quebec Port: $227
  • Québec Airport (YQB) to Le Terminal Quebec Port - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $113
  • Québec Airport (YQB) to Le Terminal Cruise Port -Arrival Transfer: $57
  • Private Transfer from Quebec City to YQB airport: $107
  • Private Transfer from Quebec City Hotels to Saguenay Cruise Port: $93
  • Private Transfer from Quebec City Airport (YQB) to Saguenay Port: $93

Is it cheaper to fly into Halifax or Quebec City?

Prices for flights to both Quebec City and Halifax 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
    Halifax $31
    Quebec City $37
Typical Food Prices in Halifax

For Halifax, here are some examples of average food and meal prices for travelers:

  • Bluenose II Restaurant

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Halifax

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

  • Peggy's Cove Small Group Night Tour with Dinner: $159

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Quebec City

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

  • 5-Course Dinner Cruise with Music & VIP Option: $159
  • Old Quebec 5-Course Gourmet Food Tour: $188
  • Combo Historical and Food Tour of the Old Quebec City: $192
  • Evening Gourmet Tour 5 Course Dinner - History and Food in Old Quebec City: $192

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Halifax $28
    Quebec City $24

Tours and Activities in Halifax

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

  • Churches, Gardens, & Graveyards Smartphone Tour: $5.08
  • Discover the Halifax Explosion Audio Walking Tour: $5.08
  • Halifax Boardwalk and Seaport: Smartphone Audio Tour: $5.08
  • Exlore Halifax with 3 Unique Smartphone Audio Walking Tours: $13
  • Halifax self-guided walking tour and scavenger hunt: $38
  • From City and Peggy's Cove Sunset Guided Tour: $65
  • City Segway Tour: $67
  • Seal Watch Boat Tours - Pictou NS: $93
  • Small-Group Tour with Citadel and Peggy's Cove: $94
  • Small Group Walking Tour with Citadel & Museum: $101
  • From Small Group Lunenberg Express Tour: $119
  • Guided Harbourfront Food Walking Tour: $119

Tours and Activities in Quebec City

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

  • Electric fatbike Tour of Québec City: $111
  • Magnificent Montmorency Falls Private E-Bike Tour: $148
  • 2-Hour Christmas Magic Tour in Old Quebec: $29
  • APP Self-Guided Tours Quebec with Audioguide: $8.71
  • Amazing Old Quebec City Classique Walking Tour with 1 Funicular Ticket included: $33
  • Animated Crime Walking Tour in Old Quebec: $19
  • Beautiful walking tour of Old Québec: $27
  • Beyond the Walls Private E-Bike Tour: $178
  • Bike Tour to Montmorency Falls from Quebec City: $126
  • City & Market Farm Tour from Québec: $33
  • Electric Bike Tour of Quebec City: $126
  • Extraordinary guided tour of Old Quebec on foot: $93

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Halifax $15
    Quebec City $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Halifax

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Halifax:

  • The Classic Vintage Car Wine Tour: $207

Sample the Local Flavors in Quebec City

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Quebec City:

  • Honey and Distillery Tour with Tasting: $21
  • Craft Brewery and Beer Tasting Tour: $50
  • Island of Orleans Wine Tour: $90
  • Wine Tasting on Ile d'Orleans: $92
  • Quebec City : eTandem Rental on Ile d'Orleans-wine tasting: $116

When comparing the travel costs between Halifax and Quebec City, we can see that Quebec City 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 Halifax Expensive? and Is Quebec City Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Halifax or Quebec City?

Quebec City has a larger population, and is about 47% larger than the population of Halifax. When comparing the sizes of Halifax and Quebec City, 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.