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How Much You Can Expect to Spend at Osheaga

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Article Summary

  • Article breaks down the total costs of attending Osheaga including wristbands, hotel, food, booze, getting to Osheaga daily, and more
  • Final estimate are $780 if you choose a cheap hotel and about $1,150 if you do a more expensive hotel
  • Hotel prices vary a lot in Montreal, you can be towards the lower end of the estimate by booking a budget hotel
  • Your daily expenses at Osheaga really come down to how much you want to drink; beers typically run $8 a piece, and given Osheaga days can be 8-12 hours this can rack up quickly

Osheaga has really grown in popularity over the past few years and now attracts tens of thousands each day over its three-day run in August.  Anyone who is going to Osheaga knows there’s a lot of planning to do – flights, hotels, tickets, getting to Osheaga, etc.  Of course, all of this adds up and can do some serious damage to the wallet.  A lot of times when people think of the music festivals they only consider the price of the tickets, but anyone who has attended knows there are a lot more costs.  The point of this article is to go over what you can realistically expect to pay if you attend Osheaga.  Obviously this will vary a lot depending on you – what you want to do besides Osheaga in Montreal, where you want to go, where you eat, if you have to fly into Montreal, etc. – but this is a good approximation for what you can expect.  After this article you should have a starting point for how much you need to attend for Osheaga.

NOTE: We are going to convert prices to USD based on today’s currency rate. Sorry to our Canadian readership, but the majority of our audience is American.

Osheaga Tickets Cost - $238 GA

Osheaga offers a couple of different tickets when they go on sale in late February. These are three day general admission passes, gold passes and platinum passes. If you want all the details on Osheaga passes you should check out our article on passes at http://www.eventtrk.com/events/56/osheaga-festival-2017/210/osheaga-passes-guide-when-they-go-on-sale-cost-more. Osheaga general admission passes are $320 CAD so this converts to about $238 USD. I will assume going forward you are a commoner like myself and go with general admission passes, but if you do go gold or platinum simply adjust this price going forward. Osheaga gold passes are $434 USD and platinum passes are $854.

Osheaga Hotel Prices

Osheaga Hotel – $225 for Budget Hotel, $500 for 4-Star Hotel in Downtown Montreal

Let’s just be frank about Osheaga and Montreal in general – it’s expensive. I say this so you know what to expect when you book an Osheaga hotel.  Obviously the hotel / accommodations are going to be the expense that varies the most for people. If you are willing to stay in a budget motel you can save some serious money, but obviously this isn’t for everyone. I will give two approximations of hotel costs: one if you are trying to save a buck and one if you are looking to stay at a solid hotel. Yes, this can be more extreme on either end: you could stay at the Ritz or you could stay at a hostel, but I am trying to give an approximation that applies to most people.

The chart above shows a histogram of Montreal hotel prices during Osheaga.  What is it? It shows how many hotels are in each price range.  For example, the first bar represents hotels in the $0-$50 range, the second bar represents hotels in the $50-100 range, and so on. There are 5 hotels in the $0-$50 range. This gives you a general idea of how much you can expect to pay for your Osheaga hotel: clearly there are plenty of cheap options, and there are also more expensive options.

Let’s first give some examples of cheap hotels near Osheaga. If you are looking for options under $100 there are several in downtown Montreal – Hotel Dorion (http://www.eventtrk.com/events/56/osheaga-festival-2017/hotels/111949/hotel-dorion), Hotel La Residence (http://www.eventtrk.com/events/56/osheaga-festival-2017/hotels/111885/hotel-la-residence-du-voyageur) and Celebrities Hotel (http://www.eventtrk.com/events/56/osheaga-festival-2017/hotels/111931/the-celebrities-hotel) are all good bargain hotels with a lot of stuff around them – all hotels have a 90+ walk score, which means there will be plenty of nearby restaurants, bars and shops. None of these will break the bank and are fairly close to Osheaga. If you book any of these options you are looking at about $450 for your Osheaga weekend after taxes, or $225 a person.

Now let’s discuss some nicer hotel options. You will likely want a good hotel in downtown Montreal – this will give you easy access to Osheaga and plenty to do when the festival isn’t going. There are plenty of nice options in downtown Montreal – Hotel Bonaventure, InterContinental Montreal and W Montreal are all around $225 a night. This is about what you are looking at for a nicer hotel in downtown Montreal. For the entire Osheaga weekend this will run you about $1,000 after taxes, or $500 a person. 

Again, I know this can vary a lot from person to person, but these are good estimates. If you go cheap you can likely find something in the $70-$100 range, or if you want a nicer place / a common chain hotel you are looking at $200-$250 a night.

Food & Booze - $100 a day

Montreal has a lot of great food, and you should try to experience it while you are at Osheaga.  You could save some money by eating fast food, but you should try to take advantage of some of the great local food at Osheaga and throughout Montreal.  Let’s be conservative and say you do your fair share of boozing at Osheaga so you rack up about $100 a day in sustenance expenditures.  You should note Osheaga lets you bring in snacks, so this can help cut down on food costs. Most of your expenses will be on alcohol, so depending on how much you like to party you can adjust this. If it helps your planning beers are typically about $8 at Osheaga. 

Getting to Osheaga - $20 for the Weekend

There’s a lot of ways you can get to Osheaga – you can drive (don’t), bike, walk or take the metro. The recommended method is to take the metro, it is inexpensive and very easy. If you are staying in downtown Montreal or the surrounding area you just take the yellow line to the Jean-Drapeau metro station. Each direction on the metro will only cost you $3.25, or $6.50 a day. I highly recommend just purchasing round trip at the beginning of the day so you can exit Osheaga quickly and not get stuck in a massive line after the festival. This $6.50 comes out to be about $20 for the Osheaga weekend. 

Airfare to Montreal – Varies

Obviously this is going to be a big part of your Osheaga expenses, but I can’t estimate this without knowing where you are from. Like with most things with travel I would just suggest not waiting too long to book this – Osheaga is a busy weekend and flights rarely go down for such weekends.

Travelling from the Airport to Montreal - $10 Each Way 

Montreal offers a specific bus for travelling from the airport to downtown. You can get all the information at their official website at http://www.admtl.com/en/access/transports/buses-747-express. This bus will cost you $10 each way, which is quite reasonable and cheaper than your alternative options. Thus round trip travel to and from the airport for Osheaga will cost you $20 for the weekend.

Total Osheaga Costs

Item

Cost

Tickets

$238

Hotel

$225 - 500

Food & Booze

$300

Getting to Osheaga

$20

Airfare to Osheaga

Varies

Travelling to/from Airport

$20

Total

$783 - 1158+

So for your Osheaga trip you are looking at $780 at least.  Again, I know you can do everything cheaper or more luxuriously, but this is a pretty good starting point for approximation of the costs for Osheaga.  Like I said at the beginning, just because you got your tickets doesn’t mean you’ve paid for your entire Osheaga experience.  My biggest tip for reducing these costs is to book everything Osheaga early, especially the hotel.  Once the lineup for Osheaga is released and the general ticket sale begins you can expect these prices to go up.  As is often the case with life, the early bird gets the worm.

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