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Trains from Montreal to Québec

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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Montreal to Québec. Traveling by train from Montreal to Québec usually takes around 3 hours and 44 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 16 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 16m
Lowest price$30.35
Trains per day6
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Montreal, QC to Québec, QC

(Based on 36 ratings and reviews)

4.9

4.0

Sylvie

September 22, 2021- Solo travel

VIA Rail

Pros: I was wrong about the time and the young ViaRail Quebec was very helpful and very kind. Cons: Wifi and food.

Pros: I was wrong about the time and the young ViaRail Quebec was very helpful and very kind. Cons: Wifi and food.

5.0

Mehrdad

September 16, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Punctuality, comfort, less formalities, affordability, safety. Cons: the menu of food offered on the train could be improved. Wifi was slow too. Tips: bring your own food.

Pros: Punctuality, comfort, less formalities, affordability, safety. Cons: the menu of food offered on the train could be improved. Wifi was slow too. Tips: bring your own food.

5.0

Nadine

August 21, 2021- Solo travel

VIA Rail

Pros: The city I visited! Cons: A place where you can walk to and purchase a drink or food at your convenience on the train. Tips: The wifi is a bit slow so if you watch a movie it stalls quit a bit.

Pros: The city I visited! Cons: A place where you can walk to and purchase a drink or food at your convenience on the train. Tips: The wifi is a bit slow so if you watch a movie it stalls quit a bit.

4.0

Sylvie

July 20, 2021- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: Yes Very good. Cons: I looked for a plug for my such and I did not find.

Pros: Yes Very good. Cons: I looked for a plug for my such and I did not find.

5.0

Megan

January 22, 2020- Solo travel

VIA Rail

Easy to navigate and much cheaper than flying! Also had free, working WiFi on board which made the 3 hours fly by.

Easy to navigate and much cheaper than flying! Also had free, working WiFi on board which made the 3 hours fly by.

Montreal to Québec Route Map

Montreal Québec

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

In the last month, $41.67 was the average price of a train ticket from Montreal, QC to Québec, QC. This is a good price that is inexpensive compared to most train fares. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $23.94 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$115$77$38NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Montreal to Québec will vary between C$50 and C$98. Planning a train trip to Québec within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Montreal over the next 7 days is C$54. 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

$64$51$38$26$13DJFMAMJJASON

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Montreal to Québec by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for June. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$42 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Montreal to Québec in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$56 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

$96$77$58$38$193020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 22 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Québec from Montreal will be about C$23.94 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Montreal to Québec?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Montreal, Quebec to Québec, Quebec. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail43h 45m$59.22
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail train tickets from Montreal to Québec start from $30, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 VIA Rail schedules to Québec. VIA Rail in Montreal leaves from Dorval-Montreal VIA Rail Station (near YUL airport) and one other station. And in Québec trains arrive at Sainte Foy Station and one other train station.

    From Montreal to Québec train travel on VIA Rail takes 3 hours and 45 minutes. If you are looking to get to Québec faster, VIA Rail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 16 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, VIA Rail offers 6 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Québec.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you need a passport to travel from Montreal to Quebec City?

Once in Canada, a passport is not required when traveling between cities or provinces. However, if you are not a Canadian citizen, it is smart to keep your passport on hand or someplace safe and accessible just in case of emergencies. On a train, you only need a passport when crossing the United States–Canada border.

Is the train from Montreal to Quebec City scenic?

The train route from Montreal to Quebec City is not necessarily scenic but it is comfortable, reliable and convenient. Traveling this route you’ll see some hillsides, as well as lakes, but there are not consistent views for the entire duration of the trip. Trains depart Montreal from 895 Rue de la Gauchetiere O and arrive in Quebec City at Sainte Foy Station.

Is Montreal to Quebec City a good family-trip?

If you are looking for a nice family vacation, Montreal to Quebec City would be a good option. Tickets on this route average about CA $69, which is cheaper than most flights. The trip takes around 3 hours 30 minutes, which may be a long ride for some young children, but goes by relatively quickly..

Once in Quebec City, there are many family-oriented activities to partake in, such as riding the funicular or seeking out some delicious crepes.

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

The distance between Montreal and Québec is approximately 145 miles, or 233 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 44 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 16 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 Québec 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 6:00pm. 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 Québec?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 6 of these are direct connections to Québec. 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 Québec to Montreal. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Montreal to Québec for $52.20.

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.

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

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Departure stations

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

All train stations in Montreal:

  • Dorval-Montreal VIA Rail Station (near YUL airport)

  • Gare Centrale

Where is the train station in Québec?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Québec:

  • Sainte Foy Station

  • Gare du Palais

Need a return trip from Québec to Montreal?

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