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

Should you visit Toronto or Vancouver?

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

Trying to figure out where to travel next? This travel comparison between Toronto and Vancouver can help. It includes a travel cost comparison in addition to other factors. For many travelers, the cost of a destination is a primary consideration when choosing where to go.

Where Should I go: Toronto or Vancouver?

Toronto

The capital of Ontario and the most populated city in Canada, Toronto is a very popular travel destination for any number of reasons. It's positioned along the coast of Lake Ontario and has a population of more than 2.6 million with 6.2 million in the Greater Toronto Area. It's a very international and diverse city, with a very rich cultural history. More than half of the city's population was not born in Canada, and there are more than eighty different ethnic neighborhoods sprinkled throughout the city. The city is a center for music, theater, film, and television. It has countless museums, festivals, and sights that attract more than 25 million tourists every year.

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 2-Week Tours from Vancouver, The Best 2-Week Tours from Toronto, The Best 10-Day Tours from Vancouver, and The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Canada.


Which place is cheaper, Vancouver or Toronto?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Toronto is $205, 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 Toronto and Vancouver in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Toronto $86
    Vancouver $87
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Toronto $172
    Vancouver $174
Compare Hotels in Toronto and Vancouver

Looking for a hotel in Toronto 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 Toronto


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: Toronto Hotel Prices and Vancouver Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Toronto $32
    Vancouver $12
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Toronto

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


  • Airport Shuttle
    $27
  • Train: 2 Day Passes
    $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Toronto

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

  • Niagara Falls private transfers : $281
  • Round trip transfer in private vehicle from-to Pearson Airport in Niagara Falls (Ontario): $280
  • Private Transfer: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to Niagara Falls, ON: $270
  • Private Transfer from Toronto Pearson Airport to Niagara: $240
  • Private Transfer from Toronto Pearson Airport to Toronto: $225
  • Toronto Airport (YYZ) to Blue Mountains - Round-trip Transfer: $222
  • Private Arrival Transfer. Pearson Airport to Kitchener/Waterloo : $218
  • Private Transfer from Toronto City to Toronto Pearson Airport : $210
  • Private Transfer:Toronto Airport or Collingwood - Blue Mountain Resort One way: $204
  • Private Transfer: Pearson Int’l Airport (YYZ) to Niagara Falls, ON: $199
  • Private Transfer from Toronto City to Toronto (YYZ) Airport: $194
  • Transfer Toronto,Canada (Downtown) to Niagara Falls, Canada: $180

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:

  • Yvr Airport to Whistler and Whistler to Yvr Airport transfers: $113
  • White Rock to Vancouver Airport (YVR) - Departure Private Transfer: $47
  • Seaplane Transfer between Vancouver and Tofino: $249
  • Seaplane Transfer between Vancouver & Nanaimo: $108
  • Private Transfer from YVR Airport To Whistler: $513
  • North Shore Mountains Snowshoeing with Transfer: $118
  • City Highlights Tour with Hotel Transfers: $61
  • Vancouver, BC: Scenic Seaplane Transfer to Seattle, WA: $259
  • Vancouver to Victoria: Ferry with Bus Transfer: $73
  • Vancouver to Victoria - Vancouver Hotel Pickup - Coach Bus Transfer: $84
  • Vancouver to Victoria - Vancouver Cruise Terminal Pickup - Coach Bus Transfer: $88
  • Vancouver hotels to Canada Place Cruise Port - Departure Private Transfer: $94

Is it cheaper to fly into Toronto or Vancouver?

Prices for flights to both Vancouver and Toronto 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
    Toronto $66
    Vancouver $31
Typical Food Prices in Toronto

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


  • Lunch at St. Lawrence Market for Two
    $23
  • Dinner at Mill Street Brewery (for 2)
    $56

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Toronto

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

  • E-Scooter Food Tour Toronto: $45
  • Premium Harbor Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner: $61
  • Toronto Food Tour: Taste the World in Kensington Market: $67
  • Father's Day Premier Cruise with Brunch or Dinner: $72
  • 3–Hour Secret Food Tour: $74
  • Toronto Walking Food Tour With Secret Food Tours: $74
  • Kensington Market -Toronto's Neighborhood International Food Tour: $80
  • Toronto's Fusion Food Tour: $81
  • Toronto Premier Dinner Cruise on Odyssey in Toronto Harbour: $110
  • Toronto Food Tour with Local Foodie, Personalized & Private: $154
  • Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional): $157
  • Toronto World Food Tour : $199

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.
    Toronto $31
    Vancouver $36
Typical Entertainment Prices in Toronto

Below are a few sample prices from actual travelers for Toronto's activities, tours, and tickets:


  • Art Gallery of Ontario for Two
    $15
  • CN Tower at night for Two
    $36
  • Harbour Dinner Cruise
    $26
  • Bata Shoe Museum (2)
    $7.32

Tours and Activities in Toronto

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

  • 1 Hour Private Photoshoot Experience in Toronto: $75
  • 1-Hour Private Guided Photography Tour in Toronto: $188
  • 1-Hour Toronto Harbour Tour with Live Narration: $25
  • 14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto: $202
  • 2 Hour Toronto City Tour: $54
  • 6 Hours Day Tour in Toronto to Niagara Falls: $110
  • 60-Minute Toronto Sightseeing Harbour Tour: $28
  • 7-Minute Helicopter Tour over Toronto: $112
  • Admission Ticket: Explore Canada in Miniature Scale: $34
  • Algonquin Park Hiking: Adventure Tour from Toronto: $140
  • Best of Niagara Falls Tour with Optional Boat and Helicopter Ride: $67
  • Best of Toronto Small Group Tour with CN Tower and Harbour Cruise: $142

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
    Toronto $22
    Vancouver $16

Sample the Local Flavors in Toronto

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Toronto:

  • Distillery District Outdoor Escape Game: $8.15
  • Finest Whisky Exploration Game in Toronto Distillery District: $8.31
  • Distillery District Historic Walking Tour: $17
  • Corktown and Distillery District Tour: $27
  • Short Distillery District Segway Tour: $32
  • Toronto Distillery District self-guided walking tour & hunt: $38
  • Pub Crawl Toronto: $39
  • Distillery District Breakfast Walking Tour: $41
  • Private Corktown and Distillery District Tour: $54
  • Craft Brewery Tour: $88
  • Canadian Wine Tasting Experience: $129
  • Brew Bus Private Brewery Tours groups : $131

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 Toronto and Vancouver, we can see that Toronto 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 Toronto would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Toronto 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 Toronto Expensive? and Is Vancouver Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Toronto or Vancouver?

Toronto has a larger population, and is about 3 times larger than the population of Vancouver. When comparing the sizes of Toronto 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 Toronto 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 Toronto or Vancouver in the Summer?

The summer attracts plenty of travelers to both Toronto and Vancouver.

Toronto is a little warmer than Vancouver in the summer. The daily temperature in Toronto averages around 21°C (70°F) in July, and Vancouver fluctuates around 18°C (64°F).

People are often attracted to the plentiful sunshine in Vancouver this time of the year. In Toronto, it's very sunny this time of the year. Toronto usually receives around the same amount of sunshine as Vancouver during summer. Toronto gets 281 hours of sunny skies, while Vancouver receives 296 hours of full sun in the summer.

In July, Toronto usually receives more rain than Vancouver. Toronto gets 69 mm (2.7 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 54 mm (2.1 in) of rain each month for the summer.


  • Summer Average Temperatures July
    Toronto 21°C (70°F) 
    Vancouver 18°C (64°F)

Should I visit Toronto or Vancouver in the Autumn?

The autumn brings many poeple to Toronto as well as Vancouver.

In the autumn, Toronto is around the same temperature as Vancouver. Typically, the autumn temperatures in Toronto in October average around 11°C (51°F), and Vancouver averages at about 11°C (51°F).

In the autumn, Toronto often gets more sunshine than Vancouver. Toronto gets 153 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Vancouver receives 124 hours of full sun.

It's quite rainy in Vancouver. Toronto usually gets less rain in October than Vancouver. Toronto gets 61 mm (2.4 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 164 mm (6.5 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Autumn Average Temperatures October
    Toronto 11°C (51°F) 
    Vancouver 11°C (51°F)

Should I visit Toronto or Vancouver in the Winter?

Both Vancouver and Toronto are popular destinations to visit in the winter with plenty of activities.

Vancouver can be very cold during winter. Toronto can get quite cold in the winter. In January, Toronto is generally much colder than Vancouver. Daily temperatures in Toronto average around -4°C (25°F), and Vancouver fluctuates around 4°C (40°F).

Toronto usually receives more sunshine than Vancouver during winter. Toronto gets 87 hours of sunny skies, while Vancouver receives 55 hours of full sun in the winter.

It rains a lot this time of the year in Vancouver. In January, Toronto usually receives less rain than Vancouver. Toronto gets 52 mm (2 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 167 mm (6.6 in) of rain each month for the winter.


  • Winter Average Temperatures January
    Toronto -4°C (25°F) 
    Vancouver 4°C (40°F)

Should I visit Toronto or Vancouver in the Spring?

Both Vancouver and Toronto during the spring are popular places to visit.

Toronto is cooler than Vancouver in the spring. The daily temperature in Toronto averages around 7°C (44°F) in April, and Vancouver fluctuates around 9°C (49°F).

In the spring, Toronto often gets around the same amount of sunshine as Vancouver. Toronto gets 179 hours of sunny skies this time of year, while Vancouver receives 172 hours of full sun.

Vancouver gets a good bit of rain this time of year. Toronto usually gets less rain in April than Vancouver. Toronto gets 63 mm (2.5 in) of rain, while Vancouver receives 110 mm (4.3 in) of rain this time of the year.


  • Spring Average Temperatures April
    Toronto 7°C (44°F) 
    Vancouver 9°C (49°F)

Typical Weather for Vancouver and Toronto

Toronto Vancouver
Temp (°C) Rain (mm) Temp (°C) Rain (mm)
Jan -4°C (25°F) 52 mm (2 in) 4°C (40°F) 167 mm (6.6 in)
Feb -4°C (26°F) 48 mm (1.9 in) 6°C (42°F) 179 mm (7.1 in)
Mar 1°C (34°F) 60 mm (2.4 in) 7°C (45°F) 142 mm (5.6 in)
Apr 7°C (44°F) 63 mm (2.5 in) 9°C (49°F) 110 mm (4.3 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 67 mm (2.6 in) 13°C (55°F) 81 mm (3.2 in)
Jun 18°C (64°F) 68 mm (2.7 in) 16°C (60°F) 66 mm (2.6 in)
Jul 21°C (70°F) 69 mm (2.7 in) 18°C (64°F) 54 mm (2.1 in)
Aug 21°C (69°F) 81 mm (3.2 in) 18°C (64°F) 45 mm (1.8 in)
Sep 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in) 15°C (59°F) 73 mm (2.9 in)
Oct 11°C (51°F) 61 mm (2.4 in) 11°C (51°F) 164 mm (6.5 in)
Nov 5°C (41°F) 70 mm (2.8 in) 7°C (44°F) 234 mm (9.2 in)
Dec -1°C (30°F) 75 mm (2.9 in) 4°C (40°F) 198 mm (7.8 in)