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

Should you visit Whistler or Quebec City?

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

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

Whistler

Located in the province of British Columbia in Canada, Whistler is most famous as the largest ski area in North America. It is also only a short distance from the city of Vancouver, and offers countless opportunities for snow boarding and other winter sports. The town has a permanent population of almost 10,000 and there is a larger seasonal population of workers that come from all over the world. Whistler is a major travel destination with more than two million people visiting the town yearly. As such, there are countless amenities available to visitors. Hotels can vary dramatically in price and quality. There are some budget options, including a couple of hostels in the area, but most people do not visit Whistler as a budget travel destination. It's usually an expensive vacation, but few would argue that it isn't worth the cost.

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 Contiki Tours to Canada, The Best G Adventures Tours to Canada, The Best 3-Day Tours from Vancouver, and The Best One-Week (7-Day) Tours from Vancouver.


Which place is cheaper, Quebec City or Whistler?

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

The average daily cost (per person) in Whistler is $125, while the average daily cost in Quebec City is $127. 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 Whistler and Quebec City in more detail.



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

Looking for a hotel in Whistler 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 Whistler


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: Whistler Hotel Prices and Quebec City Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Whistler $20
    Quebec City $16

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Whistler

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Whistler:

  • Private Transfer from Whistler to Downtown Vancouver: $570
  • Private Transfer from Whistler to Richmond BC: $633
  • Vancouver: Seaplane Transfer between Vancouver & Whistler: $175

Typical Local Transportation Prices in Quebec City

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


  • Parking in Quebec City
    $3.66

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Quebec City

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Quebec City:

  • Private Transfer from Québec City to Jean Lesage Airport: $52
  • Private Transfer from Jean Lesage Airport to Québec City: $52
  • Québec Airport (YQB) to Le Terminal Cruise Port -Arrival Transfer: $57
  • Private Transfer from Quebec City Hotels to Saguenay Cruise Port: $94
  • Private Transfer from Quebec City Airport (YQB) to Saguenay Port: $94
  • From Grosse Île Tour & Cruise w/ Bus Transfer: $95
  • YQB Airport Transfer: $97
  • Quebec city private transfer: $97
  • Le Terminal Quebec Cruise Port to Quebec - Arrival Private Transfer: $98
  • Le Terminal Quebec Port to Quebec city - Arrival Private Transfer: $98
  • Quebec to Le Terminal Quebec Port - Departure Private Transfer: $98
  • YQB Quebec City Airport Cruise Terminal Train Station Transfer: $100

Is it cheaper to fly into Whistler or Quebec City?

Prices for flights to both Quebec City and Whistler 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
    Whistler $30
    Quebec City $37
Typical Food Prices in Whistler

Some typical examples of dining costs in Whistler are as follows:


  • Coffee at Starbucks
    $12
  • Tim Hortons Breakfast
    $12
  • Coffee at Timmy's
    $3.66

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Whistler

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

  • Finer Things: 4-Course Dinner Tour in Whistler: $131
  • Finer Things Dinner Tour in Whistler: $145

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Quebec City

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

  • Dinner Cruise with Dance and VIP Option: $132
  • Old Quebec 5-Course Gourmet Food Tour: $189
  • Combo Historical and Food Tour of the Old Quebec City: $194
  • Evening Gourmet Tour 5 Course Dinner - History and Food in Old Quebec City: $194

Entertainment
  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Whistler $79
    Quebec City $24
Typical Entertainment Prices in Whistler

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Whistler are as follows:


  • Driving Range
    $15

Tours and Activities in Whistler

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Whistler are as follows:

  • Sea to Sky Highway: a Smartphone Audio Driving Tour: $6.73
  • Audain Art Museum Admission Ticket: $16
  • One Hour Axe Throwing Guided Experience in Whistler: $34
  • Vallea Lumina Multimedia Experience: $35
  • The Great Whistler Walking Tour: Discover Whistler's Sights, History & Culture!: $49
  • Whistler Sightseeing Tour: Discover all of Whistler Year-Round!: $79
  • Rock Climbing Beginner Experience: $94
  • Sky-Walk Mountain Climbing Tour: $102
  • Whistler Glacier Discovery Tour: $104
  • Guided eBike Adventure: $106
  • Medicine Trail Snowshoe Tour : $109
  • 2 Hour Late Afternoon Winter Zipline Adventure: $112

Tours and Activities in Quebec City

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

  • Old Québec: First Discovery Walk and Reading Walking Tour: $3.25
  • City Exploration Game and Tour: $4.34
  • Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour: $4.34
  • Québec City: Artillery Park Tour: $6.58
  • Quebec Old Town: European Charm Quest Experience: $8.13
  • Québec City: Saint-Louis Forts and Châteaux Guided Site Tour: $8.77
  • APP Self-Guided Tours Quebec with Audioguide: $8.83
  • Uncover History of In-App Audio Tour: $11
  • Uncover Quebec's Legacy: In-App Audio Tour: $11
  • Uncover History of In-App Audio Tour: $11
  • Observatoire de la Capitale Entry Ticket: $11
  • Self-Guided Audio Tour: $11

Alcohol
  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Whistler $8.79
    Quebec City $18

Sample the Local Flavors in Whistler

Some specific costs for nightlife related activities in Whistler:

  • Whistler Distillery Tour & Tasting Experience: $66

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: $91
  • Wine Tasting on Ile d'Orleans: $93
  • Quebec City : eTandem Rental on Ile d'Orleans-wine tasting: $116


When comparing the travel costs between Whistler 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 Whistler Expensive? and Is Quebec City Expensive?.


Which is Bigger, Whistler or Quebec City?

Quebec City has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of Whistler. When comparing the sizes of Whistler 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.