Cost of living in Calgary, Canada

Summary of cost of living in Calgary

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: C$6,514
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: C$3,487
  • Calgary is the 3rd most expensive city in Canada (3 out of 10)
  • Cost of living in Calgary is cheaper than in 64% of cities in N. America (28 out of 44)
  • Cost of living in Calgary is more expensive than in 77% of cities in the World (50 out of 214)
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List of prices in Calgary
Current as of Sep 2023.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district C$23
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) C$12
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast C$8
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk C$2.46
12 eggs, large C$5.33
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes C$5.12
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese C$9
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples C$5.43
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes C$3.09
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket C$3.65
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality C$17
2 liters of coca-cola C$3.21
Bread for 2 people for 1 day C$2.99
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area C$2,767
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area C$2,149
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat C$333
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area C$1,578
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area C$1,318
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio C$183
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) C$84
40” flat screen tv C$502
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) C$327
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) C$12
Hourly rate for cleaning help C$35
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) C$76
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) C$68
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) C$110
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes C$140
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new C$31,504
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas C$1.51
Monthly ticket public transport C$110
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) C$23
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) C$12
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) C$20
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) C$79
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) C$12
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) C$6
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) C$8
4 rolls of toilet paper C$4.78
Tube of toothpaste C$3.54
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city C$33
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub C$60
2 tickets to the movies C$32
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) C$182
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert C$101
1 cocktail drink in downtown club C$13
Cappuccino in expat area of the city C$5.23
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) C$7
Ipad wi-fi 128gb C$591
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) C$0.47
1 month of gym membership in business district C$78
1 package of marlboro cigarettes C$17
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 330 prices entered by 54 different people.
Latest price update: September 30, 2023

Calgary position in our World Ranking

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out of 214
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out of 44
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