Daily costs in Montreal
Replies: 5 - Last Post: May 16, 2012 6:32 PM Last Post By: damiongraves
May 7, 2012 8:39 PM
Daily costs in MontrealIs anyone able please to provide advice on a daily holiday budget for summertime in Montreal this year, for a single traveller?
I guess the three main areas are accommodation, food and activities.
Food: not excessive but perhaps one glass of wine with a light dinner.
City transport. Some activities. Is travelling around Quebec territory on public transport pretty easy and worthwhile?
Accommodation - any suggestions or names welcome other than ones I can readily find on the web like hostels, which usually show me the cost too.
I know this is a tricky query because everyone gets quite subjective, but let me know what you think. Thanks.
May 8, 2012 1:43 PM
1You are correct about it being a tricky query. What is your budget for hotel rooms? It's hard to recommend anything when we don't know if you're hoping to spend under $30 or willing to spend up to $300. Similarly, what kind of activities are you interested in? Are we talking about climing Mt. Royal (free, except for the cost of getting there) or going to theatres/museums? More info would be helpful.
A LP guide or even the website might answer your questions, or at least give you an idea what there is to see and where there is to stay.
May 8, 2012 6:03 PM
2You can get by in Montreal almost exclusively by walking. If you think you'll want to take the Metro, a 3-day pass is $16 plus a fee to buy the Opus card that is used by the Montreal system. The Bixi bike sharing service is $7/day.
Unless you're dining on steamies, pizza slices and shawarma, it's hard to find something to eat for under $10 and a glass of wine will be at least $7. A dorm room at a hostel will be at least $25 and then the sky's the limit in terms of hotel rooms. I doubt you'd be able to find a room in summer for under $100.
Activities? It depends what you'd want to do.
Public transport? Depends on where you want to go. If you're just traveling between Montreal and Quebec City, then, yeah, it's pretty easy and cheap on the bus. You can probably find a ride share too. To explore outside of cities, you'd need a car. Buses just go from point to point.
May 10, 2012 3:37 PM
3Hello and thanks for your replies, apologies for the vagueness.
I'm a budget but not shoestring traveller, and in my late thirties; so whilst happy to be in good hostels, I'm past the all-night drinking/partying bit.
So, yeah; costs such as those above are helpful. Accommodation costs I can find out online; it's harder to find out about price for a cup of coffee, a pint of beer, a museum entry, a movie ticket. Bixi, metro and walking all sound good to me. All the things that enable you to explore and enjoy a great city modestly but not bleeding for every dollar spent.
May 10, 2012 3:45 PM
4The problem is that there is a range in prices. A coffee can go for $0.75 at a convenience store to $4 at a fancy café. A bottle of cheap beer at a crappy bar can be $3 but a pint at a microbrewery can be $7 or $9 or $10 if of a high alcohol content. Some museums are free others are not. On average, look to $10-$15 for such a thing. Movies are at least $12 these days, except matineés and Tuesdays, which are cheaper. I hope that helps!
May 16, 2012 6:32 PM
5Skip the glass of wine- buy a bottle from SAQ and bring it to a restaurant that allows you to bring your own. Otherwise, stick to happy hours and other drink specials.
Eat Italian, Vietnamese, and poutine.
Make sure you have kitchen access where you stay, then take advantage of all those fancy neighborhood markets.
Don't forget to head "north" and "east" whenever possible.
If you're around long enough, you can probably buy a used bike for cheap.
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