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Train Trip Information: Montreal to Québec

There are 4 daily trains from Montreal to Québec. Traveling by train from Montreal to Québec usually takes around 3 hours and 54 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 44 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 44m
Lowest price$40.27
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Montreal to Québec

(Based on 38 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Sharon

June 27, 2022- Vacation

VIA Rail

Wonderful

Wonderful

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.

Montreal to Québec Route Map

Montreal Québec

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

In the last month, $58.37 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 22 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $51.89 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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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 February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$52 – 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$75 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

$137$109$82$55$273020100

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$51.89 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 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail43h 54m$92.84
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 4 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

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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 44 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Montreal to Québec on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Montreal at 8:00am 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 Québec?

There are 4 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?

Main departure station: Dorval-Montreal VIA Rail Station (near YUL airport)

There is one train station in Montreal.

All train stations in Montreal:

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

Where is the train station in Québec?

Main arrival station: Sainte Foy Station

Québec has one train station.

Train stations in Québec:

  • Sainte Foy Station

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