Sophie Watson, 07.11.2018

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 $125.

Calculating the cost of a date night

With a winter full of great date ideas stretching out before us, we decided it was time to revisit 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 $1251 - this was a $10 increase on our findings from 2017!

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…. Vancouver!

A typical date in Vancouver costs $149, making a date night in the city $24 more expensive than the average. It’s not the only big city to break the $140 mark either:  the aforementioned date will set you back $142 in Toronto, meanwhile it'll cost $130 in Calgary, and $120 in Hamilton.

At the other end of the scale is Winnipeg. Indeed, for those looking to save a few loonies, the Peg might be the dating destination of choice: an average date night there is only $116. That means those dating in Winnipeg are spending around $33 less than those in Vancouver – 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 $117 and Edmonton, where it's $118. Meanwhile in Quebec City, Ottawa and Montreal a date will set you back $119.

Cost of a Date in 10 Major Canadian Cities

  1. Vancouver, BC: $149
  2. Toronto, ON: $142
  3. Calgary, AB: $130
  4. Hamilton, ON: $120
  5. Montreal, QC: $119
  6. Ottawa, ON: $119
  7. Quebec City, QC: $119
  8. Edmonton, AB: $118
  9. Halifax, NS: $117
  10. Winnipeg, MB: $116

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 ‘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 $120. That’s five dollars less than the Canadian average of $125!

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.

It might seem crazy, but at $142, an average date in a big city like Toronto is only the ninth most expensive city, cheaper than the same date in many other major global cities, including Sydney, Paris, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Stockholm, New York, London 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 $221 CAD, making it $12 more expensive than the runner up, London, where a date night costs $209. Coming in third place is New York, whose $187 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 Istanbul, where the typical date night is only $40. Second-cheapest is Mumbai, where the cost is $46, and third place goes to Mexico City, where a night out comes in at $59. 

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

  1. Oslo, Norway:  $221
  2. London, UK: $209
  3. New York, USA: $187
  4. Stockholm, Sweden: $160
  5. Tokyo, Japan: $159
  6. Amsterdam, the Netherlands: $151
  7. Paris, France: $148
  8. Sydney, Australia: $147
  9. Toronto, Canada: $142
  10. Auckland, New Zealand: $137
  11. Hong Kong: $135
  12. Berlin, Germany: $131
  13. Seoul, South Korea: $113
  14. Singapore: $111
  15. Barcelona, Spain: $111
  16. Nairobi, Kenya: $96
  17. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: $91
  18. Taipei, Taiwan (ROC): $89
  19. Shanghai, China (PRC): $87
  20. Moscow, Russia: $79
  21. Cape Town, South Africa: $72
  22. Bogotá, Colombia: $68
  23. Mexico City, Mexico: $59
  24. Mumbai, India: $46
  25. Istanbul, Turkey: $40

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