Sophie Watson, 21.06.2017

The price of love: what does a typical date night cost?

JLo once sang about how her love don’t cost a thing, and the Beatles famously declared that money can’t buy them love. However, for most people in the dating game, it turns out that romance does in fact come at a price – our latest data analysis has shown that a typical Canadian date night totals up to an average of $115.

Calculating the cost of a date night

With a summer full of great date ideas stretching out before us, we decided it was time to delve into the cost of love and to discover how much Canadians can expect to spend on a typical date night.

While free date ideas do exist, we decided to define a 'typical date night' as one that includes a mid-range dinner for two, a shared bottle of wine, two movie tickets, and an 8km taxi ride home, we looked at the average prices for each item to determine that a date night in Canada will set you back $115.1

Of course, there are places in this country where dating is a bit more costly. We applied the method above to find out the average cost for a date in 10 of Canada's most well-known cities – and the most expensive city came as something of a surprise!

How much does it cost to date in Canada?

And Canada’s priciest big city for romance is….Hamilton, Ontario!

A typical date in Hamilton costs $125, making a date night in the city $10 more expensive than the average. It’s not the only big city to break the $120 mark either:  the aforementioned date will set you back $123 in Toronto, $122 in Edmonton, and $120 in Calgary.

At the other end of the scale is Quebec City. Indeed, for those looking to save a few loonies, Quebec City might be the dating destination of choice: an average date night in the ville is only $103. That means those dating in Quebec City are spending around $22 less than those in Hamilton – that’s enough left over for a coffee date the next day!

Other wallet-friendly cities that cost less than the average include Halifax, where a date night is $107, Ottawa, where it's $108, and Winnipeg, which comes in at $109.


Cost of a date in 10 major Canadian cities

  1.      Hamilton, ON: $125
  2.      Toronto, ON: $123
  3.      Edmonton, AB: $122
  4.      Calgary, AB: $120
  5.      Vancouver, BC: $118
  6.      Montreal, QC: $117
  7.      Winnipeg, MB: $109
  8.      Ottawa, ON: $108
  9.      Halifax, NS: $107
  10.      Quebec City, QC: $103

The cost of a date night around the world

As well as analyzing Canadian dating costs, we decided to make a global comparison, and so we examined the average cost of a date night in 25 cities from around the world.

To make the comparison a fair one, we used the same criteria to describe a ‘typical date night’ (the meal, the wine, the movie, the taxi) and, converting global prices into CAD, we discovered that the average cost of a date worldwide is $114. That’s just one dollar less than the Canadian average of $115!

The world's most expensive city for dating

However, while the overall averages are quite even, when it comes to a city-by-city analysis, it seems Canadian wallets are getting off (relatively) lightly.

Indeed, at $123, an average date in a big city like Toronto is cheaper than the same date in many other major global cities, including Sydney, Paris, Auckland, Hong Kong, London, Stockholm, Amsterdam, New York, Tokyo, and Oslo.

Oslo is in fact the world’s most expensive city for a romantic date night. A typical date in the Norwegian capital costs an eye-watering $179 CAD, making it nearly $10 more expensive than the runner up, Tokyo, where a date night costs $170. Coming in third place is New York, whose $160 price tag makes it North America’s most expensive city to date in.

Of course, there are also global cities where dating is cheaper than Canada. The cheapest city is Bogotá, where the typical date night is only $58. Second-cheapest is Cape Town, where the cost is $61, and third place goes to Mexico City, where a night out comes in at $68. 

Cost of a date (in CAD) in 25 major global cities

  1. Oslo, Norway:  $179
  2. Tokyo, Japan: $170
  3. New York, USA: $160
  4. Stockholm, Sweden: $152
  5. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: $151
  6. London, UK: $147
  7. Hong Kong: $142
  8. Auckland, New Zealand: $136
  9. Paris, France: $132
  10. Sydney, Australia: $128
  11. Toronto, Canada: $123
  12. Singapore: $117
  13. Shanghai, China (PRC): $114
  14. Berlin, Germany: $105
  15. Barcelona, Spain: $102/
  16. Seoul, South Korea: $102
  17. Rio di Janerio, Brazil: $95
  18. Moscow, Russia: $89/
  19. Taipei, Taiwan (ROC): $89
  20. Nairobi, Kenya: $87
  21. Mumbai, India: $73
  22. Istanbul, Turkey: $71
  23. Mexico City, Mexico: $68
  24. Cape Town, South Africa: $61
  25. Bogotá, Columbia: $58

EliteSingles editorial, June 2017

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