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

Should you visit Ottawa or Victoria?

Should I visit Ottawa or Victoria? This is a common question asked by many travelers. By figuring out which city is more affordable, you'll understand where you can get more bang for your buck. So, let's dive into the data, which all comes from actual travelers.

Ottawa

Ottawa is the capital city of Canada, located on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. A city of many ethnic populations, Ottawa is uniquely bilingual with English as the first language of the population's majority and French as a close second. It is best known as the nation's capital, which is centered on Parliament Hill, an architectural landmark as well as the seat of government.

Victoria

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.

Which city is cheaper, Victoria or Ottawa?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Ottawa is $115, while the average daily cost in Victoria is $158. 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 city. Below is a breakdown of travel costs for Ottawa and Victoria in more detail.



Accommodation

An average hotel room with basic furnishings costs about $50 in Ottawa For the most convenient locations and nicer amenities you can expect to pay a bit more.

For a normal double-occupancy room in Victoria, $196 is the average cost for a hotel room. Also in Victoria, the typical price for a place to stay for one person is $98, such as in a hostel.


  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Ottawa $25
    Victoria $98
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Ottawa $50
    Victoria $196

Food

The average traveler spends about $15 per day in Ottawa for food, but obviously this is dependent on the type of restaurant and the amount of food ordered. To save money you can grab a lighter lunch or dinner, or you can try fast food or street food.

On average, meal and food prices in Victoria cost around $23 per person, per day. While this price can vary widely by location, the type of restaurant, and the amount of food ordered, a typical meal often costs around $9.20.


  • Food Meals for one day
    Ottawa $15
    Victoria $23

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Ottawa

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

  • Oh Canada Eh Dinner Show Ottawa: $73

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Victoria

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

  • Georgie Bass (Patch 2 Plate) Cooking Classes: $123
  • Small Group Wine & Food Tour to the Cowichan Valley: $128

Local Transportation

Ottawa's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $6.26 per person, per day on transportation in Ottawa.

Victoria's transportation costs can vary by the type of transport chosen by visitors. Naturally, taxis and private drivers cost much more than public transportation options. On average, visitors spend $32 per person, per day on transportation in Victoria.


  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Ottawa $6.26
    Victoria $32

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Ottawa

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

  • Private Transfer: Ottawa to Ottawa International Airport (YOW): $622
  • Private Transfer: Ottawa International Airport (YOW) to Ottawa: $622
  • Private Departure Transfer to Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport YOW: $55
  • Private Departure Transfer from Ottawa City to YOW Ottawa Airport: $75
  • Private Arrival Transfer from YOW Ottawa Airport to Ottawa City: $75
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier Airport YOW: $55
  • Private Airport Transfer: Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier Int. Airport (YOW) to Ottawa: $47
  • Private Airport Transfer: Ottawa to Ottawa/Macdonald-Cartier Int. Airport (YOW): $47
  • Ottawa to Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier Airport (YOW) - Departure Private Transfer: $62
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier Airport (YOW) to Ottawa City - Arrival Private Transfer: $62
  • Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier Airport (YOW) to Ottawa - Round-Trip Private Transfer: $124

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Victoria

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

  • Private Transfer: Seychelles Int'l or Domestic Airport to Victoria or Mahe Jetty: $67
  • Private Seychelles International Airport SEZ - Anse Forban, Takamaka, Baie Lazare or Anse La Mouche Round-Trip Transfer: $84
  • Private SEZ Seychelles Airport - Anse Louis, Anse Boileau, Barbaron or Grand Anse Round-Trip Transfer: $75
  • Private SEZ Seychelles Airport - Anse Aux Pins, Au Cap or Anse Royale Round-Trip Transfer: $48
  • Private Departure Transfer from Victoria to Seychelles International Airport SEZ: $19
  • Private Departure Transfer from Anse Forban, Takamaka, Baie Lazare or Anse La Mouche to Seychelles International Airport (SEZ): $42
  • Private Departure Transfer from Anse Aux Pins, Au Cap or Anse Royale to SEZ Seychelles Airport: $24
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Seychelles International Airport SEZ to Victoria: $19
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) to Anse Forban, Takamaka, Baie Lazare or Anse La Mouche: $42
  • Private Arrival Transfer from Seychelles Airport SEZ to Anse Louis, Anse Boileau, Barbaron or Grand Anse: $38
  • Private Arrival Transfer from SEZ Seychelles Airport to Anse Aux Pins, Au Cap or Anse Royale: $24
  • Private ARRIVAL Transfer from Seychelles Airport to any Mahe Hotel: $68

Is it cheaper to fly into Ottawa or Victoria?

Prices for flights to both Victoria and Ottawa 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.





Entertainment

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Ottawa can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $35 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.

Sightseeing, admission tickets, things to do, and other entertainment expenses in Victoria can vary widely by price. On average, visitors spend around $39 per person, per day on entertainment and sightseeing here.


  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Ottawa $35
    Victoria $39

Tours and Activities in Ottawa

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

  • 2-Hour Ottawa Express City Bike Tour: $38
  • Best of Ottawa Neighbourhoods & Nature Bike Tour: $69
  • Boat Tour in the Ottawa River: $32
  • ByWard Market Lunch Tasting Experience: $74
  • Explore Canada Through Ottawa's Eyes with Walking Tours Through The City: $4.84
  • Night on Ottawa Tour: $120
  • Ottawa Bike Tour: Hoods & Hidden Gems: $41
  • Ottawa Bike Tour: The Essentials: $41
  • Ottawa Highlights 3.5 Hour Bike Tour: $77
  • Ottawa Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour: $37
  • Ottawa Like a Local: Customized Private Tour: $29
  • Ottawa River Tour: $26

Tours and Activities in Victoria

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

  • 2-Hour Grand City Tour: $100
  • 2-Hours Victoria After The Gold Rush Clue Solving Adventure: $80
  • 3-Hour Butchart Gardens and City Tour: $150
  • 30-Minute Victoria Carriage Tour Including James Bay: $95
  • 4-Hour Grand City and Butchart Gardens Tour: $200
  • 45-Minute Beacon Hill Park Carriage Tour: $136
  • 60-Minute The Royal Carriage Tour: $178
  • 75-Minute The Capital Tour: $211
  • 90-Minute The Majestic Tour: $244
  • Beacon Hill Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour: $138
  • Best of Victoria SIP Tour Including Private Tastings and Samples: $99
  • Chauffeur driven guided tours around the Mahe island of Seychelles: $397

Alcohol

Typically, people visiting Ottawa spend on average $16 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.

Typically, people visiting Victoria spend on average $14 on alcoholic beverages per person, per day.


  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Ottawa $16
    Victoria $14

Sample the Local Flavors in Ottawa

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

  • Epic Ottawa Bar Crawl: By Let’s Roam: $12

Sample the Local Flavors in Victoria

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

  • Pedal Pub Crawl Downtown Victoria: $33
  • Victoria Craft Brewery Tour and Tastings: $65
  • Victoria Craft Beer and Distillery Tour: $87
  • Victoria Wine Tour with Private Tastings and Samples: $99
  • Half-Day Victoria to Cowichan Valley Wine Tour with Tastings: $116
  • Private Wine Tasting in Beautiful Cowichan Valley: $117
  • Private Saanich Peninsula Wine Tour: $117
  • Private Pub Tour on Vancouver Island: $264
  • Cowichan Valley Wine Tasting: Explore Vancouver Island's New Wine Appelation: $273
  • Victoria Whale -Watching Tour and Wine Tour: $333
  • Cowichan Valley Wine Tours from Victoria: $430
  • Wine Tasting Tour in The Yarra Valley: $582


When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Ottawa and Victoria, we can see that Victoria is more expensive. And not only is Ottawa much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Ottawa would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Ottawa 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 Victoria would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Victoria than you might in Ottawa.

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