Daily Travel Costs in Canada on a Shoestring Budget
US$60 | 80 Canadian Dollars
Canada is one of the hardest places to give an accurate budget for mostly because it is enormous. Our other budgets are generally based on trying to visit all the main destinations in the country and a few things in-between but in Canada that will either involve covering in excess of 5,000km by land or taking a domestic flight that is as long and expensive as a cross-continental one. Montreal is roughly the same distance away from Vancouver as it is from London for example.
So our Canada backpacking budget of 80 Canadian Dollars is primarily based on picking one area of the country (for example Southern Ontario & Quebec) and sticking too it. If you want to visit another part of the country, treat the cost of a flight as extra. In terms of daily expenses Canada is not cheap by any means and is pretty much in line with what you might expect in Western Europe although you should find it slightly cheaper than the UK or France.
Although it is so big, there isn’t a huge amount of regional variation in terms of prices although Vancouver is generally considered to be slightly more expensive than the cities in the East such as Montreal or Toronto.
See where Canada ranks on our World Budget Travel Table.
More Comfortable Canada Backpacker Budget
US$75 | 100 Canadian Dollars
Again it’s tough to give an accurate figure as people tend to come to Canada for specific reasons rather than just to travel around and take each day as it comes. If you are planning on doing a lot of winter sports then you can certainly expect to spend considerably more than this but there do tend to be quite a lot of ways to work in Canada that will help fund all that. If you want to spend a long time in the country but don’t have enormous funds, consider applying for a job at one of the ski resorts during the ski-season and using it as a base to travel.
Check out Prince Edward Island if you’re looking for Canadian travel inspiration.
Sample Prices in Canada
Toronto to Montreal bus (7 hours) – from 35 CAD
Vancouver to Toronto flight (4 hours 30 mins) – 300+ CAD
Dorm bed in Vancouver – from 25 CAD/night
Dorm bed in Montreal – from 20 CAD/night
Budget private double/twin room in Montreal or Toronto – from 45 CAD/night
Meal in a cheap restaurant – 15 CAD
Large local beer in bar/restaurant – 6 CAD
Entrance to Canadian Museum of History – 15 CAD (11 for students)
Compare Canada prices with the cost of travel in USA.
Currency – Canadian Dollars
£1 = 1.91 CAD
€1 = 1.45 CAD
US$1 = 1.30 CAD
(All exchange rates are correct as of June 2016)
Go to Montreal and stay at the Auberge Saint Paul. Excellent hostel with best value beds in town.
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If you’ve been to Canada recently, please let everyone know your typical daily costs by commenting below 😉
This article was published in June 2016.