Save Money in Vancouver: 18 Budget Travel Tips

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  1. Tickets Tonight
    Get half-priced tickets for same-day shows and sporting events through Tickets Tonight, available at the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre. While you’re at the visitor centre, make sure to pick up free maps, brochures and additional information for local deals and discounts.

  2. Aldeasa Duty Free
    Save up to 50 per cent off retail prices when you shop “duty free.” You can stock up on luxury jewellery, designer accessories, fine wines, cosmetics and confectionary products at Aldeasa Duty Free inside the Vancouver International Airport.

  3. FareSaver Tickets
    If you’re planning to use the public bus, SeaBus or SkyTrain to get around Vancouver, consider buying FareSaver Tickets to save a few dollars. For $21, you’ll get a book of 10 single fare tickets, which would normally cost $25.

  4. Vancouver Art Gallery
    Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery on a Tuesday after 5pm, when the regularly priced admission ($17.50) becomes admission by donation.

  5. Museum of Anthropology
    Enjoy half off admission to the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology when you visit after 5pm on Tuesdays. You’ll be able to learn about cultures around the world and see hundreds of thousands of ethnographic and archaeological objects for $7, instead of the regular price of $14.

  6. Pacific National Exhibition
    During the summer, the Pacific National Exhibition turns into an exciting amusement park with roller coasters, food carts and concerts. Save some money by going after 5pm Mondays through Thursdays, when you can buy a discounted Twilight Ride Pass for $29.75 (down from $42.75).

  7. Dine Out Vancouver
    Every year, foodies flock to Vancouver to take advantage of specially priced multi-course menus at hundreds of local restaurants, as part of the Dine Out Vancouver festival. This citywide event lasts approximately two weeks, and menus are priced at $18, $28 and $38 per person.

  8. Capilano Suspension Bridge
    Get a bird’s eye view of British Columbia’s dense coastal rainforest when you walk across the towering Capilano Suspension Bridge. This park is also home to the Kia’palano First Nations cultural centre and authentic totem poles. Save 20 per cent off regular admission ($29.95) when you visit the park after 4pm.

  9. Canucks Last Seat in the House
    Watch a Canucks home game for a discounted price when you purchase a single seat ticket through the Last Seat in the House program. Learn more about this deal here.

  10. Cinema Public House
    This bustling pub in the Granville Entertainment District offers nightly specials for partiers looking to save a little money. Weekly deals include $5 small-batch spirits on Sundays, $3 craft beer on Tuesdays, $4 for a pound of wings on Wednesdays, and happy hour Monday through Friday from 4–6pm.

  11. Budget Hotels
    Slash your hotel bill in half by opting for basic accommodations at budget hotels in Vancouver. The Budget Inn Patricia Hotel offers Super Saver rooms starting at $39 per night, and the YWCA Hotel offers rooms starting at $64 during the winter. Both of these choices are located downtown, within easy walking distance to some of the city’s best attractions.

  12. Lift Tickets
    Numerous ski resorts around Vancouver are open for night skiing, which can cost significantly less than daytime skiing. At Cypress Mountain, Nite Owl lift tickets cost $39 (down from $59), and at Grouse Mountain, an adult night lift ticket costs $48 (down from $58).

  13. Food Carts
    Eat like a local and save some cash when you forgo restaurant dining in favour of street carts — many of which serve gourmet options like fresh seafood, Asian fusion dishes, ethnic specialties and more. While you’re at it, make sure to try Vancouver’s famous Japa Dog, a Japanese-style hotdog loaded with toppings like pickled daikon radish and nori seaweed.

  14. Coupons
    Use some of these coupons for discounted admission to Science World, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Mintner Gardens, Burnaby Village Museum and more.

  15. Golf Courses
    Sure, Vancouver has its fair share of high-end golf resorts, but you can still get into a game without emptying your wallet. Check out the green fees at public golf courses like Fraserview Golf Course and Langara Golf Course, which offer inexpensive prices and even deeper discounts during low-traffic days and evening tee times. Check out our list for even more public golf courses in Vancouver.

  16. Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre
    Get dinner and a show at the Giggle Dam Dinner Theatre, a hilarious entertainment venue where you can enjoy a four-course meal along with a line-up of comedy skits, improv performances and musical parodies. Save $10 per person when you attend a show Sunday through Friday, when ticket prices are only $55 per person.

  17. Picnics
    Another cost-conscious alternative to eating out at restaurants is enjoying a picnic outdoors. During the warm summer months, Vancouver has numerous farmers’ markets to stock up on locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as artisan breads and cheeses. You can also assemble your own picnic at the famous Grandville Island Public Market. Check out our list of favourite places to picnic in Vancouver.

  18. Free Activities
    If you’re looking to save money, why not start out with free activities? There are plenty of attractions, activities and festivals that don’t cost anything, so get started with our list of 25 free things to do in Vancouver.

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