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About Québec

Boasting quaint cobblestone streets and towering cathedrals, Québec City will make you feel like you are in France, with a unique Canadian touch. The city’s prime attraction lies in its Old Quarter, which features winding cobblestone streets and some of the city’s most iconic architectural marvels such as the Citadel or the Notre-Dame Basilica. Take a stroll around the quarter, and you might find yourself transported to Europe. If you wish to take a break from the hustles and bustles of a big city for a while, drive 9 miles northeast of the Old Town and you will reach Montmorency Falls Park, with its iconic 272-foot fall. The park’s idyllic beauty and its amazing landmarks will certainly strike a chord with nature lovers. For those who just can’t have enough with the town’s interesting history, head over to Place-Royale, which was the original birthplace of the French Colony and the French-American community.

Québec City’s food scene features a very strong French influence. If you want to try local specialties with a distinctive French twist, try La Traite or Le Clocher Penché. For lavish dinners, head over to Restaurant Initiale.

The city’s principal VIA Rail train station is the Gare du Palais, and the main bus station is right next to it. The main airport in the city is the Jean Lesage International Airport, 8.1 miles west of the city.

Station Information

Gare du Palais, Québec City, QC - CAXLJVIA-0

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Gare du Palais, Québec City, QC - CAXLJVIA-1

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Gare du Palais is an intermodal transportation station in Québec City. Built in 1915, the station gets its name from its proximity to the Palace of the Intendant of New France. Because of its immense cultural value, the station was named a Heritage Railway Station in 1992. The station currently provides rail services on VIA Rail, which offers 12 daily trains from Québec City to Ottawa Station and vice versa. The station's amenities include on-site parking spots and public restrooms.

Popular train stations in Québec:

  • Gare du Palais

  • Sainte-Foy

What train companies travel to Québec, Quebec?

Located in Quebec, Canada, Québec is accessible by train from 11 other cities. You can choose from 41 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Québec on Wanderu. VIA Rail usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Québec are also available..

Train companies serving Québec

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail173h 37m$64.17
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories. In addition to being completely green-certified, VIA Rail’s new, state-of-the-art trains feature amenities such as free reliable Wi-Fi, wide aisles, ergonomic seats, and wheelchair lifts in every accessible car. VIA Rail is known for its unparalleled customer service and snazzy black and yellow paint scheme.

Which train carrier has the best service to Québec?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Québec by train with VIA Rail giving them a 4.6 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that VIA Rail had the most comfortable train service to Québec taking into account the seats and amenities that VIA Rail offers. They rate VIA Rail a 4.4 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Québec punctually, travelers suggest that VIA Rail has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Québec, rating them a 4.5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$30.15 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Québec, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Québec. In the last month, trains from Drummondville to Québec had the lowest average price at $30.15.

The busiest train station in Québec is Gare du Palais. As Québec's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Sainte-Foy.

Québec ranks number 5 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 17 in Canada. Québec ranks number 3 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Québec via train service. On average 38 direct daily train trips serve Québec.
The population of Québec is 528595. Québec ranks number 2 in terms of population in Quebec and number 16 in all of Canada.
Train tickets to Québec range from for a short trip to Québec, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Québec starts at , and a longer trip by train to Québec can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $54.
Taking a train to Québec is very popular for those traveling on their vacation. The flexible luggage policies that train travel affords, convenient arrival stations and of course the great deals available make taking the train to Québec a great option when planning your next vacation.
The closest train station to the city center of Québec is Gare du Palais, located just 0.3 miles away. Select Gare du Palais as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Québec. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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