Last updated: 09:00 PM ET, Sun October 30 2016

The Cheapest Options for Getting Across Canada

The Cheapest Options for Getting Across Canada

PHOTO: Getting across the country by foot or thumb is great; just be sure to do it when the weather is nicer.

If you’re dead broke and time is no limit, strap on those hiking boots and get walking or hitching (although the latter is technically prohibited) as you make your way across Canada. You can fly, but unless you know the tricks of the trade, prices are high enough to make any budget traveler cry. Busses are long and far from fun and trains are an experience but will cost you an arm or a leg.

So how do you get around it? Six words:

Book Ahead

Be Creative

And… read below:

Walking/Trekking/Biking “The Great Trail”:

If you’re willing to wait until 2017 and you’re up for the challenge of walking the length of our grand country, then the “Trans Canada Trail” may be right up your alley.

The trail stretches 24,000 km from one end of Canada to the other through wild terrain to rural areas and along some of the most stunning stretches of land you need to see to believe.

For more information on The Great Trail, visit their website:

Budget Airlines:

New Leaf

New to the sky but an apple of our eyes Canada-wide. Their motto is simple which keeps costs low: “Your fare gets you the two essentials: a seat and a seatbelt. The rest is up to you.”

NewLeaf Travel is a game-changer, providing some of the lowest airfares in Canada (in partnership with Flair Air.). They are competing against larger airlines such as WestJet but still coming out strong in the long run.

You are allowed to bring one personal item as carry-on free of charge, the rest you pay for. To keep costs low, travel light and fit within the dimensions and weight below for baggage:

15 cm x 33 cm x 43 cm (6 in x 13 in x 17 in)
10 kg (22 lb)

Air Transat

Air Transat may be a hit and miss but can sometimes have good deals if you plan well ahead. Air Transat flies from across Canada to Europe and South America.


“WOW” Couldn’t have been a better word to describe this budget-friendly airline.

If you are in Montreal or Toronto you can fly to Iceland and Europe at incredibly low costs if you are flexible with your dates.

Porter Airlines

If you’re in Ontario and can fly out of Billy Bishop Airport, this porter airline will take you for next to no cost to, from and around the East coast of North America.


4 days and 3 nights on ViaRail, 4,466km on Prestige, Sleeper Plus or Economy Class will bring you across Canada on a unique and old form of transportation that is iconic to our country but with a hefty fee attached.

Tickets range from as low as $629 to $1,299 but the experience may be worth it to some.

Long-Distance Busses:

Mega Bus or Greyhound

Typically, Mega Bus has incredible deals and is usually cheaper than their competitor Greyhound but prices always fluctuate so it is best to check. For shorter durations, long-distance busses can be beneficial but for long hauls, it’s best to fly if budgets are in mind.

For the cheapest fares on busses, Wanderu has the best prices so you only need to look in one place: