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

Should you visit Montreal or Vancouver?

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 Montreal and Vancouver can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Montreal or Vancouver?

Montreal

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.

Vancouver

Vancouver is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city in Western Canada. It is also the largest city in British Columbia, and is dramatically positioned between the coast and mountains. It's a very international city, with a high level of energy and countless activites that you can enjoy while you're in town. In addition to offering all of the activities and entertainment of a modern city, it is also in jumping off distance to any number of outdoor activities.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best Northern Lights Tours in Canada, The Best Luxury Tours to Canada, The Best Tours for Seniors to Canada, and The Best G Adventures Tours to Canada.


Which place is cheaper, Vancouver or Montreal?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Montreal is $210, while the average daily cost in Vancouver is $142. 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 Montreal and Vancouver in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Montreal $132
    Vancouver $87
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Montreal $264
    Vancouver $174
Compare Hotels in Montreal and Vancouver

Looking for a hotel in Montreal or Vancouver? 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 Montreal


Hotels in Vancouver


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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: Montreal Hotel Prices and Vancouver Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Montreal $21
    Vancouver $12

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Montreal

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

  • 8 Passengers Transfer from or to Montreal Airport YUL to Montreal City Center : $225
  • Ottawa: Private Transfer To Montreal Airport: $217
  • Private Transfer from Montreal Airport to Ottawa: $184
  • Departure Private Transfer: Montreal to Montreal Airport YUL in Luxury SUV: $165
  • Montreal Private Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL in Luxury SUV: $165
  • Departure Transfer Montreal to Montreal Airport by Limos or Bus: $153
  • Departure Private Transfer: Montreal to Montreal Airport YUL in Business Car: $119
  • Montreal Private Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL in Business Car: $119
  • Private Departure Transfer to Montreal Airport YUL: $116
  • Private Transfer from Montreal City to Montreal (YUL) Airport: $92
  • Private Transfer: Montreal to Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL): $89
  • Montreal Best Private Transfer services : $83

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Vancouver

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


  • SkyTrain from Airport
    $6.40
  • Taxi from Airport to Downtown
    $21
  • 15 min Taxi Ride
    $8.78
  • SkyTrain DayPass
    $6.58

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Vancouver

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

  • Private Vancouver Airport (YVR) Transfer to Whistler: $614
  • Private Transfer from Whistler to Vancouver Airport YVR: $605
  • Private Transfer from Downtown Vancouver to Whistler: $573
  • Private Transfer from YVR Airport To Whistler: $513
  • Canada Place Cruise Port: Transfer to Vancouver hotels: $432
  • Vancouver Airport(YVR): Transfer to Canada Place Cruise Port: $432
  • Maximize Your Cruise Adventure: Vancouver Tour & Transfer: $293
  • Vancouver Cruise Transfers/ Pre & Post Cruise City Sightseeing Tour Private: $284
  • Vancouver Cruise Transfers/ Pre & Post Cruise City Sightseeing Tour Private: $284
  • Private Transfer, Langley, BC to Vancouver International Airport-VIP Sedan: $280
  • Vancouver Cruise Transfers/ City Sightseeing Tour Private: $278
  • Private Transfer from Vancouver (YVR) Airport to Vancouver City: $274

Is it cheaper to fly into Montreal or Vancouver?

Prices for flights to both Vancouver and Montreal 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
  • Food Meals for one day
    Montreal $36
    Vancouver $31
Typical Food Prices in Montreal

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


  • Tim Hortons breakfast and coffee
    $9.04

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Montreal

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

  • Bateau-Mouche A La Carte Dinner Cruise: $59
  • No Diet Club: Walking food Tour with many tastings: $60
  • Historical Food Tour with 6 Tastings: $72
  • 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: $131
  • Cooking Class and Tasting Menu with Michelin Chef: $131
  • Montréal: 5-Course Dinner Cruise with Music & VIP Option: $160
  • Montreal Gourmet Dinner Cruise with music: $164
  • Personalized Private Food Tour with a Local Foodie: $210
  • Cooking Class in Montreal with a Michelin-Star Trained Chef: $224

Typical Food Prices in Vancouver

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


  • All You Can Eat Sushi Lunch
    $8.87

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Vancouver

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

  • A Wok Around Food Tour of the Granville Island Public Market: $84
  • The Gastown Experience Walking Food Tour: $89
  • Gastown Historic Walking Food Tour: $101
  • Vancouver Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $101
  • Authentic Asian Eats Walking Food Tour: $142
  • Vancouver Evening Dinner Cruise: $143
  • 3-Hour Bowen Island Boat Cruise with Dinner: $153
  • Granville Island Uncorked Walking Food Tour: $161
  • Downtown Vancouver Asian Eats - Walking Food Tour: $173
  • Granville Island Uncorked Vancouver - Walking Food Tour: $196
  • Private Food Tour Tailored to You by a Local: $231
  • Attractions by Twilight Guided Tour with Dinner: $264

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Montreal $21
    Vancouver $36
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)
    $54

Tours and Activities in Montreal

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

  • 1 Hour Downtown Montreal Tour: $29
  • 1 Hour Tour of Old-Montreal in Vintage Convertible Cadillac: $221
  • 3 Days 2 Nights Tour in New York: $300
  • 3 Hour Montreal City Bike Tour with Wine or Beer (AM & PM): $65
  • 3-Hour Scooter Sightseeing in Montreal: $79
  • 3Hr Montreal Architecture Bike Tour with regular or E-bikes Beer & wine included: $65
  • APP Self-Guided Tours Montreal with Audioguide: $8.88
  • Awesome Curling Experience : $83
  • Best of Montreal Small Group Tour with River Cruise + Notre Dame: $213
  • Beyond the Basilica Walking Tour by Spade & Palacio: $54
  • Christmas Walking Tour in Old Montreal: $24
  • City tour; afternoon in Montreal: $101

Tours and Activities in Vancouver

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

  • Guided Bike /E-bike Tour in Whistler From Vancouver: $221
  • Sunshine Coast Escape (Around Vancouver) Small Group Tour: $146
  • Victoria 1-Day Tour From Vancouver: $178
  • $99 Vancouver 2 Hours City Tour Private: $103
  • 2-in-1 Vancouver city Tour: $235
  • 3 Days Leavenworth & Portland X'mas Tour from Vancouver (Chn&Eng): $292
  • 3-Day Vancouver City Tour Package With Whistler & Victoria: $2,423
  • 3hr Private Sightseeing Tour Vancouver (from Vancouver City): $458
  • 3hr Private Sightseeing Tour-Vancouver City (fr YVR/Cruise): $586
  • 4-Hour Private Tour of Vancouver's Gardens: $336
  • 5 Days in Vancouver Multiactivity Adventure Tour: $2,423
  • 5hr Private Sightseeing Tour-Vancouver (from Vancouver City): $713

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Montreal $16
    Vancouver $16
Typical Alcohol Prices in Montreal

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


  • Vodka
    $18

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: $43

Sample the Local Flavors in Vancouver

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Vancouver:

  • Gastown Pub Crawl: $22
  • Vancouver Mansions Pub Crawl: $22
  • Vancouver - Granville Pub Crawl: $26
  • Gastown Pub Crawl: $26
  • 3.5-Hour Craft Brewery Tour: $88
  • Fraser Valley Wine Tour: $135
  • From Half-Day Fraser Valley Wine Tour: $139
  • From Fraser Valley Wine Tour with Local Tastings: $140
  • Taste of the Valley Wine Tour: $149
  • Stawamus Chief Hike and Local Brewery Tasting: $165
  • Fraser Valley & White Rock Premium Public Wine Tour: $168
  • Stawamus Chief Hike & Local Brewery Tasting : $169


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Montreal and Vancouver, we can see that Montreal is more expensive. And not only is Vancouver much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Vancouver would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Vancouver 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 Vancouver.

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


Which is Bigger, Montreal or Vancouver?

Montreal has a larger population, and is about 78% larger than the population of Vancouver. When comparing the sizes of Montreal and Vancouver, 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.


When is the best time to visit Montreal or Vancouver?

Both destinations experience a temperate climate with four distinct seasons. And since both cities are in the northern hemisphere, summer is in July and winter is in January.

Should I visit Montreal or Vancouver in the Summer?

Both Vancouver and Montreal are popular destinations to visit in the summer with plenty of activities.

In the summer, Montreal is a little warmer than Vancouver. Typically, the summer temperatures in Montreal in July average around 21°C (69°F), and Vancouver averages at about 18°C (64°F).

It's quite sunny in Vancouver. The sun comes out a lot this time of the year in Montreal. Montreal usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Vancouver during summer. Montreal gets 276 hours of sunny skies, while Vancouver receives 296 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Montreal usually receives more rain than Vancouver. Montreal gets 91 mm (3.6 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Montreal 21°C (69°F) 
    Vancouver 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Montreal or Vancouver in the Autumn?

Both Vancouver and Montreal during the autumn are popular places to visit.

In October, Montreal is generally cooler than Vancouver. Daily temperatures in Montreal average around 8°C (47°F), and Vancouver fluctuates around 11°C (51°F).

In the autumn, Montreal often gets more sunshine than Vancouver. Montreal gets 141 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Vancouver receives 124 hours of full sun.

Vancouver gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Montreal usually gets less rain in October than Vancouver. Montreal gets 79 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Montreal 8°C (47°F) 
    Vancouver 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Montreal or Vancouver in the Winter?

The winter attracts plenty of travelers to both Montreal and Vancouver.

It's quite cold in Vancouver in the winter. The weather in Montreal can be very cold. Montreal is much colder than Vancouver in the winter. The daily temperature in Montreal averages around -10°C (14°F) in January, and Vancouver fluctuates around 4°C (40°F).

Montreal usually receives more sunshine than Vancouver during winter. Montreal gets 103 hours of sunny skies, while Vancouver receives 55 hours of full sun in the winter.

Vancouver receives a lot of rain in the winter. In January, Montreal usually receives less rain than Vancouver. Montreal gets 74 mm (2.9 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Montreal -10°C (14°F) 
    Vancouver 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Montreal or Vancouver in the Spring?

The spring brings many poeple to Montreal as well as Vancouver.

In the spring, Montreal is much colder than Vancouver. Typically, the spring temperatures in Montreal in April average around 6°C (43°F), and Vancouver averages at about 9°C (49°F).

In the spring, Montreal often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Vancouver. Montreal gets 183 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Vancouver receives 172 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Vancouver. Montreal usually gets less rain in April than Vancouver. Montreal gets 78 mm (3.1 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Montreal 6°C (43°F) 
    Vancouver 9°C (49°F)

Typical Weather for Vancouver and Montreal

Montreal Vancouver
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -10°C (14°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 4°C (40°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)
Feb -9°C (16°F) 65 mm (2.6 in) 6°C (42°F) 179 mm (7.1 in)
Mar -2°C (28°F) 74 mm (2.9 in) 7°C (45°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Apr 6°C (43°F) 78 mm (3.1 in) 9°C (49°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
May 13°C (55°F) 75 mm (3 in) 13°C (55°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 87 mm (3.4 in) 16°C (60°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Jul 21°C (69°F) 91 mm (3.6 in) 18°C (64°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 19°C (67°F) 104 mm (4.1 in) 18°C (64°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Sep 14°C (58°F) 90 mm (3.5 in) 15°C (59°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Oct 8°C (47°F) 79 mm (3.1 in) 11°C (51°F) 164 mm (6.5 in)
Nov 2°C (35°F) 101 mm (4 in) 7°C (44°F) 234 mm (9.2 in)
Dec -7°C (20°F) 99 mm (3.9 in) 4°C (40°F) 198 mm (7.8 in)