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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Québec to Ottawa. Traveling by train from Québec to Ottawa usually takes around 5 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 5 hours and 22 minutes.

Distance236 mi (379 km)
Fastest train5h 22m
Lowest price$40.63
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Québec, QC to Ottawa, ON

(Based on 7 ratings and reviews)

4.6

5.0

Joette

October 7, 2019- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: No need to rent car! Helpful staff. Timeliness of schedule. Cons: This was a long trip and it would have been nice to receive a complimentary bottle of wTer or cup of coffee. Tips: I didn't use WiFi but saw travelers who did.

Pros: No need to rent car! Helpful staff. Timeliness of schedule. Cons: This was a long trip and it would have been nice to receive a complimentary bottle of wTer or cup of coffee. Tips: I didn't use WiFi but saw travelers who did.

5.0

Annie

October 3, 2019- Business

VIA Rail

Pros: Easy ride,. Cons: Allocate single seats on empty rows first. Tips: Seat back and relax.

Pros: Easy ride,. Cons: Allocate single seats on empty rows first. Tips: Seat back and relax.

5.0

Esther

September 16, 2019- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: Comfort and good employees. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

Pros: Comfort and good employees. Cons: Nothing. Tips: No.

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

In the last month, $72.45 was the average price of a train ticket from Québec, QC to Ottawa, ON. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 20 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around $20.45 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$134$89$45NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Québec to Ottawa will vary between C$87 and C$131. Planning a train trip to Ottawa within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Québec over the next 7 days is C$87. 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

$127$102$76$51$25DJFMAMJJASON

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Québec to Ottawa 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$52 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Québec to Ottawa in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$97 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

$127$102$76$51$253020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 20 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Ottawa from Québec will be about C$20.45 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Québec to Ottawa?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail45h 35m$83.63
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail train tickets from Québec to Ottawa start from $41, and on average cost . Daily there are 4 VIA Rail schedules to Ottawa. VIA Rail in Québec leaves from Sainte Foy Station . And in Ottawa trains arrive at Ottawa Train Station .

    From Québec to Ottawa train travel on VIA Rail takes 5 hours and 35 minutes. If you are looking to get to Ottawa faster, VIA Rail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 22 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, VIA Rail offers 4 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Ottawa.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Québec and Ottawa is approximately 236 miles, or 379 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 34 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 22 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 departing from Québec to Ottawa tend to have the most passangers on Thursday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Thursday. If you are trying to snag a cheap train tickets or just want an emptier train you'll have better luck by booking travel departing on Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Québec at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. 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 Québec to Ottawa?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Québec to Ottawa.

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

City Information

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.

Ottawa

If big cities such as Toronto or Montreal appear too crowded for your taste, consider Ottawa for a change. Boasting a small-town vibe with a vibrant art scene, the city will appeal to all kinds of travelers. Ottawa’s star attraction is the Rideau Canal, which meanders its way through the city center. In the summer months, the canal is full of boats and cyclists who wander about, and in the colder months of the year, it becomes the largest ice skating rink in the world. If you are a fan of architecture, don’t miss out on Parliament Hill, which features three amazing neo-Gothic structures. For those who seek to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Gatineau Park, located just 15 minutes from Downtown, offers the reprieve you need.

Ottawa features a very diverse food scene that caters to everyone’s needs. If you just can’t get enough of French delicacies, head to Signatures Restaurant, which is housed in a Tudor Revival-style mansion. If you want to try out Canadian signatures, try Atelier instead.

The main intercity train station in town is Ottawa Station, which is served by VIA Rail. The city’s air services are handled by the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, which is located 5.5 miles south of the city’s downtown.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Québec?

Departure stations

There is one train station in Québec.

All train stations in Québec:

  • Sainte Foy Station

Where is the train station in Ottawa?

Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-0

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Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-1

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Arrival stations

The Ottawa Station is the central station for intermodal transportation services in Ottawa. Constructed in 1966, the current station is an eclectic mix of modernism and Beaux-Arts, offering a unique design that makes it stand out from the crowd. The current station provides intercity bus services and rail services all from one convenient hub. The rail services are provided by VIA Rail, with possible destinations including Toronto and Montreal. In addition, Ontario Northland offers bus service, and there is also a shuttle bus line from the station to Montréal–Trudeau International Airport. On-station amenities include a parking lot with 330 spaces, bicycle parking racks, and disabled access.

Train stations in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Train Station

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