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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from Toronto to Montreal. Traveling by train from Toronto to Montreal usually takes around 6 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 4 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance313 mi (504 km)
Fastest train4h 11m
Lowest price$47.61
Trains per day16
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Toronto, ON to Montreal, QC

(Based on 68 ratings and reviews)

4.5

4.0

Burak

September 9, 2021- Solo travel

VIA Rail

Cons: There were no USB plugs for charging devices. Tips: There are no USB plugs for charging so make sure you bring your adapter.

Cons: There were no USB plugs for charging devices. Tips: There are no USB plugs for charging so make sure you bring your adapter.

5.0

Lama

August 11, 2021- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Smooth

Smooth

5.0

Marie Anne

July 26, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Everything. Cons: I found everything fine. Tips: Come early enough.

Pros: Everything. Cons: I found everything fine. Tips: Come early enough.

4.0

Joshua

July 25, 2021- Solo travel

VIA Rail

Pros: Everything was great, loved the city and the atmosphere. Overall was very fun. Cons: Nothing besides wearing mask on the train the whole time and the wifi on the train was very slow. Tips: Just prepare a water bottle and snacks cause it could be expensive for you...

Pros: Everything was great, loved the city and the atmosphere. Overall was very fun. Cons: Nothing besides wearing mask on the train the whole time and the wifi on the train was very slow. Tips: Just prepare a water bottle and snacks cause it could be expensive for you.

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5.0

Myrlaine

June 30, 2021- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: Smooth riding. Cons: Respecting the 2m distance between people. We were crammed in a wagon and i had 2 people coughing around me. That was stressful. Theres no way to summon a steward. The stewardess was nowhere for 2 hours and a person was playing their music l...

Pros: Smooth riding. Cons: Respecting the 2m distance between people. We were crammed in a wagon and i had 2 people coughing around me. That was stressful. Theres no way to summon a steward. The stewardess was nowhere for 2 hours and a person was playing their music loudly. That was very annoying. Tips: They advertise wifi but most of the time it doesnt work. Download videos and movies on your phone/tablet before travelling. Bring headphones!

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Toronto to Montreal Route Map

Toronto Montreal

What is the price of a train ticket from Toronto to Montreal?

In the last month, $62.22 was the average price of a train ticket from Toronto, ON to Montreal, QC. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $78.55 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$149$99$50OctNov

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Toronto to Montreal will vary between C$61 and C$133. Planning a train trip to Montreal within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Toronto over the next 7 days is C$69. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$124$99$74$50$25NDJFMAMJJASO

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Toronto to Montreal by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for November. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$62 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Toronto to Montreal in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$98 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$155$124$93$62$313020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Montreal from Toronto will be about C$78.55 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Toronto to Montreal?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Toronto, Ontario to Montreal, Quebec. However, there are 10 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail106h 5m$103.58

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there direct trains from Toronto to Montreal?

Out of 14 daily train trips from Toronto to Montreal, 8 of them are direct. The service is provided by VIA Rail, which offers routes across Canada. If you’re looking to get to Montreal faster, direct routes are more time efficient, averaging about 4 hours and 33 minutes in duration. For comparison, trips that require train transfers take an average of 6 hours and 23 minutes — almost two hours longer.

Would Toronto to Montreal be a good day-trip?

Traveling from Toronto to Montreal is not an ideal day-trip. The fastest travel time on a train is 4 hours and 33 minutes, meaning a round-trip would take about 9 hours. The average travel time, however, is closer to 6.5 hours, which would take you even longer. By the time you get to Montreal, you would only have a short amount of time to visit before needing to return home. We recommend staying overnight or turning this excursion into a weekend trip if you can.

Are Montreal and Toronto in different time zones?

No. While Montreal and Toronto are in different provinces — Montreal is in Québec and Toronto is in Ontario — they are not in different time zones. Although they’re almost 550 kilometers (342 miles) apart, both cities are on Eastern Standard Time, which means you do not have to change your watch when traveling between them.

Is it safe to travel by train from Toronto to Montreal during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

In addition, federal law requires all train passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the train.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Toronto to Montreal?

The distance between Toronto and Montreal is approximately 313 miles, or 504 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 11 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

Trains from Toronto to Montreal are the most crowded on Friday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Toronto at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 5:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Is there a direct train from Toronto to Montreal?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 16 of these are direct connections to Montreal. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Montreal to Toronto. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Toronto to Montreal for $11,013.56.

City Information

Toronto

Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, making it a great destination for travelers looking for a culturally unique experience. One of the most unique landmarks in the city is the Aga Khan Museum, which boasts a beautiful collection of Islamic, Iranian, and Muslim artifacts. If you are interested in art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a definite must-see. For those who want to step away from the bustling city and seek the refuge of nature, take a ferry to Centre Isle, which offers plenty of activities such as biking or hiking.

Toronto’s food scene is vast and extremely vibrant due to the city’s multicultural nature. Bar Isabel is a local favorite that offers amazing Spanish dishes with a cozy vibe. For a more posh experience, head over to Alo Restaurant, which features a five-course tasting menu that will take you on a culinary ride.

The main bus station in the city is the Union Station Bus Terminal, served by various intercity bus services, including Greyhound and Ontario Northland. The main train station in Toronto is the adjacent Union Station, which is the hub for VIA Rail’s intercity services. The city’s airport is the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in Canada.

Montreal

Effortlessly blending quaint old buildings with the high-rises of the 21st century, Montreal is an exciting destination for adventure-seekers as well as introverted travelers. At the beating heart of this modern city is the quarter of Old Montreal, where you can find horse-drawn carriages and cobblestone streets. As you meander through the area, don’t miss out on the chance to marvel at the architectural genius of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, which is one of the most iconic structures of the city. For those who wish to stay close to nature, the gigantic Parc du Mont-Royal will satisfy all your needs. In the warmer months of the year, you can rent a boat and row on Lac des Castors, which offers amazing views.

Montreal is heaven for fans of French cuisine. The top-rated traditional French restaurants converge in the Old Montreal quarter, and some local favorite names include Toque, LOV, Crew Collective & Cafe. For those looking for Canadian specialties, head over to Schwartz’s.

The principal rail station for Montreal is the Central Station, which is served by both VIA Rail and Amtrak. If you are traveling by bus, head to the Montreal Coach Terminal (aka Gare d'autocars de Montréal) from where you can catch buses operated by Greyhound and several other carriers. The city’s main airport is the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, which is located in the nearby city of Dorval.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Toronto?

Departure stations

There are two stations in Toronto where you can board the train to Montreal.

Train stations in Toronto:

  • Union Station

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Arrival stations

Montreal receives travelers from Toronto at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Montreal:

  • Gare Centrale

Need a return trip from Montreal to Toronto?

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