A Travel Price Comparison for Canada Vancouver vs. Jasper National Park for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Vancouver or Jasper National Park?

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

Which city should you visit? Read on to compare the activities as well as the prices of travel for Vancouver and Jasper National Park. We'll break down costs for accommodation, food, transportation and more to help you learn more about these two destinations. Then, you can figure out if either of these two places are accessible based on your travel budget, schedule, and interests. So, let's dig into it.

Where Should I go: Vancouver or Jasper National Park?

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.

Jasper National Park

An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jasper National Park, located in Canada's Alberta Province, is one of a few national and provincial parks that showcase the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

For some great organized tour ideas, see The Best 10-Day Tours from Vancouver, The Best Family-Friendly Tours to Canada, The Best Hiking & Trekking Tours in Canada, and The Best One Week (7-Day) Tours in Canada.


Which place is cheaper, Jasper National Park or Vancouver?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Vancouver is $142, while the average daily cost in Jasper National Park is $83. 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 Vancouver and Jasper National Park in more detail.



Accommodation
  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Vancouver $87
    Jasper National Park $45
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Vancouver $174
    Jasper National Park $90
Compare Hotels in Vancouver and Jasper National Park

Looking for a hotel in Vancouver or Jasper National Park? 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 Vancouver


Hotels in Jasper National Park


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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: Vancouver Hotel Prices and Jasper National Park Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Vancouver $12
    Jasper National Park $19
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:

  • Airport Transfer: $158
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Vancouver Airport YVR to Vancouver in Luxury Car: $165
  • Arrival Private Transfer: Vancouver Airport YVR to Vancouver in Luxury SUV: $135
  • Canada Place Cruise Port to Vancouver Airport (YVR) - Departure Private Transfer: $94
  • Canada Place Cruise Port to Vancouver Arrival Private Transfer: $55
  • Canada Place Cruise Port to Vancouver hotels - Arrival Private Transfer: $94
  • Canada Place Cruise Port: Transfer to Vancouver hotels: $432
  • Canada Place Port to Vancouver Airport(YVR) - Departure Transfer : $55
  • Cypress/Grouse Mountain to Vancouver Airport - Departure Transfer: $39
  • Departure Private Transfer Vancouver to YVR Airport or Cruise Port- Business Car: $85
  • Departure Private Transfer: Vancouver to Vancouver Airport YVR in Luxury SUV: $135
  • Maximize Your Cruise Adventure: Vancouver Tour & Transfer: $293

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Jasper National Park

Some typical examples of transportation costs in Jasper National Park are as follows:


  • Park Pass
    $14

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Jasper National Park

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Jasper National Park:

  • Jasper Thermal to Edmonton Airport (YEG) Departure Transfer: $172
  • Jasper Thermal Resorts to Calgary Airport YYC Departure Transfer: $172

Is it cheaper to fly into Vancouver or Jasper National Park?

Prices for flights to both Jasper National Park and Vancouver 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
    Vancouver $31
    Jasper National Park $24
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

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Jasper National Park

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Jasper National Park.

  • Half-Day Jasper Culture Food Tour: $107
  • Peak Nic - A hike and an outdoor cooking lesson: $120
  • 4-Hours E-Bike Food Tour : $202

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Vancouver $36
    Jasper National Park $7.81

Tours and Activities in Vancouver

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

  • Vancouver self-guided tour App - multilingual AudioGuide: $4.35
  • Self-Guided Smartphone Walking Tour of Gastown: $4.77
  • Self-Guided Smartphone Walking Tour of Gastown: $4.87
  • Vancouver Tips-Based Walking Tour | 3-Hour: $5.00
  • Discover Stanley Park with a Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $5.13
  • Cycling the Seawall: A Self-Guided Audio Tour Along the Stanley Park Seawall: $5.46
  • Fort Langley: a Film & Television Smartphone Audio Walking Tour: $6.00
  • Discover Stanley Park with a Smartphone Audio Tour: $6.00
  • Walking Tour Along Stanley Park's Seawall: $6.75
  • Historic Walking Tours of Vancouver with Then & Now Images!: $6.75
  • Vancouver Downtown: Espionage Adventure Outdoor Escape Game: $7.06
  • Self-Guided Smartphone Tour of Stanley Park: $7.34

Tours and Activities in Jasper National Park

Here are a few actual costs in Jasper National Park for available activities, ticket prices, and tours:

  • 1-Hour Guided Group Fat Bike Tour: $83
  • 5.5-Hour Jasper Wildlife and Waterfalls Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise from Jasper: $131
  • Canadian Rockies Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar from Jasper: $119
  • Class 3 Sunwapta River Rafting Adventure in Jasper: $95
  • Columbia Icefield Tour with Glacier Skywalk from Jasper: $224
  • Explore Jasper Tour: $123
  • Explore Jasper Tour with Maligne Lake Cruise: $180
  • From Jasper: Jasper National Park Wildlife Discovery Tour: $53
  • Icefields Parkway Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour: $17
  • Jasper Evening Wildlife Tour: $64
  • Jasper Ice Climbing Experience: $177
  • Jasper National Park Tour: Maligne Valley, Medicine Lake and Spirit Island: $65

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Vancouver $16
    Jasper National Park $12

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 Vancouver and Jasper National Park, we can see that Vancouver is more expensive. And not only is Jasper National Park much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to Jasper National Park would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in Jasper National Park 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 Vancouver would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Vancouver than you might in Jasper National Park.

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