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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Montreal to Toronto. Traveling by train from Montreal to Toronto usually takes around 5 hours and 36 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 4 hours and 23 minutes.

Distance313 mi (504 km)
Fastest train4h 23m
Lowest price$47.61
Trains per day17
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 61 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Marie Anne

July 28, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Felt safe, easy trip. Cons: I was satisfied. Tips: No.

Pros: Felt safe, easy trip. Cons: I was satisfied. Tips: No.

5.0

Shabbir

July 17, 2021- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: Best. Cons: Return ticket is expensive. Tips: No.

Pros: Best. Cons: Return ticket is expensive. Tips: No.

4.0

Alexander

January 29, 2020- Regular commuter

VIA Rail

Overall condition of the train

Overall condition of the train

5.0

Khoa

December 27, 2019- Visiting family

VIA Rail

The check-in process is very easy and flexible. The seat is comfortable for such price.

The check-in process is very easy and flexible. The seat is comfortable for such price.

5.0

Maria Isabel

December 20, 2019- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: I received my ticket immediately I bought it. The puntuality. In general it was easy considering I'm from Mexico and I never had traveled by train. Cons: Food prices and signals to board the train.

Pros: I received my ticket immediately I bought it. The puntuality. In general it was easy considering I'm from Mexico and I never had traveled by train. Cons: Food prices and signals to board the train.

Montreal to Toronto Route Map

Montreal Toronto

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

In the last month, $62.94 was the average price of a train ticket from Montreal, QC to Toronto, ON. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 23 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $72.49 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$130$87$43OctNov

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Montreal to Toronto will vary between C$62 and C$121. Planning a train trip to Toronto within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Montreal over the next 7 days is C$66. 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 Montreal to Toronto 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$61 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Montreal to Toronto in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$94 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 23 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Toronto from Montreal will be about C$72.49 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Montreal to Toronto?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Montreal, Quebec to Toronto, Ontario. However, there are 8 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail85h 36m$101.60

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the fastest way to get from Montreal to Toronto?

The fastest way to get from Montreal to Toronto is to fly, with a direct flight averaging between 75 and 90 minutes. This is also the most expensive option, however, with tickets averaging about CA $130 and as high as almost CA $400. A train ride on VIA Rail Canada averages about 5 hours in duration, but is significantly cheaper at about CA $64 per ticket.

Is there a direct train between Montreal and Toronto?

Yes, there is a direct train between Montreal and Toronto. Operated by VIA Rail Canada, there are six daily trains that go directly from Montreal to Toronto. The fastest trip is about 5 hours in duration.

Where do you catch the train from Montreal to Toronto?

Catch the VIA Rail Canada at Gare Centrale (Central Station) in Montreal. This train station is located underground, beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The address of Gare Centrale is 895 Rue de la Gauchetière O.

Is it safe to travel by train from Montreal to Toronto 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 Montreal to Toronto?

The distance between Montreal and Toronto is approximately 313 miles, or 504 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 36 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 23 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 Montreal to Toronto are the most crowded on Wednesday. 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 Montreal 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 Montreal to Toronto?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 17 of these are direct connections to Toronto. 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 Toronto to Montreal. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Montreal to Toronto for $11,013.56.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Departure stations

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

Train stations in Montreal:

  • Gare Centrale

Where is the train station in Toronto?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Toronto:

  • Union Station

Need a return trip from Toronto to Montreal?

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