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Montreal - Québec Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

There are 5 daily trains from Montreal to Québec. Traveling by train from Montreal to Québec usually takes around 3 hours and 29 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 6 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 6m
Lowest price$41.95
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Montreal to Québec

(Based on 39 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Steven

October 4, 2023- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Train left on time but had several delays due to freight train waiting. Cons: Washroom cleaning could have happened more often. It got messy real quick.

5.0

Miriam

August 31, 2023- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Comfortable seats. Polite staff. Smooth ride. Ease of booking. Cons: Good car option. Tips: Book trip ahead during busy seasons. Train was full. Very comfortable way from Montreal to Quebec City.

4.0

Bruno

August 18, 2023- Vacation

VIA Rail

Overall good experience, service and staff were okay. But the seats were uncomfortable after a while, hurting my back

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.

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.

Montreal to Québec Route Map

Montreal Québec

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

In the last month, $50.42 was the average price of a train ticket from Montreal to Québec. 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 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $32.60 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$104$69$35AprApr

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Montreal to Québec will vary between C$63 and C$102. 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$75. 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

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Ticket prices for the train from Montreal to Québec often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in June when the average ticket price is only $47,

If you're thinking of traveling from Montreal to Québec during October, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of $87 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in October, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

$104$83$62$41$213020100

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 Québec from Montreal will be about C$32.60 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 to Québec. However, there are 5 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail53h 29m$64.16
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 5 daily trips between Montreal and Québec. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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.

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.

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 29 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 6 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.

Trains from Montreal to Québec are the most crowded on Tuesday. 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 Sunday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

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.

There are 5 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Montreal to Québec.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Québec to Montreal.

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. We even propose Montreal as a fantastic bachelorette party destination to consider. 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. And for a chic bachelorette party trip, plan to hit up Québec City's spas and book an afternoon tea.

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?

Gare Centrale, Montreal, QC - CAMTLAMT-0

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Main departure station: Gare Centrale

Established in 1943, the Gare Centrale is one of the most important intercity rail stations in Montreal, offering high-speed rail services to as many as 11 million customers per year. The station is the centerpiece of the Québec City-Windsor corridor, the busiest intercity rail service area in the country. The city's train services are operated by VIA Rail and Amtrak, with several destinations including Toronto and Windsor. The station is large and well-appointed, containing two parking facilities and a shopping and restaurant complex. Other amenities include bicycle facilities and disabled access.

All train stations in Montreal:

  • Gare Centrale

Where is the train station in Québec?

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

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

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Main arrival station: Gare du Palais

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.

Train stations in Québec:

  • Gare du Palais

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