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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Québec to Montreal. Traveling by train from Québec to Montreal usually takes around 3 hours and 49 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 11m
Lowest price$30.03
Trains per day5
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

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

(Based on 47 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

ludovic

October 29, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: All. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Choose Wanderu!!

Pros: All. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Choose Wanderu!!

5.0

Prem

October 6, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

Safe and comfortable

Safe and comfortable

5.0

Jacob

October 6, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Arrived quickly and staff was very friendly Enjoyed talking with them. Cons: Seats were a bit outdated and stuff Odd that table extenders covered cup holders.

Pros: Arrived quickly and staff was very friendly Enjoyed talking with them. Cons: Seats were a bit outdated and stuff Odd that table extenders covered cup holders.

4.0

Trevor

September 29, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

More outlets and movement to lay back

More outlets and movement to lay back

5.0

Taway

September 19, 2021- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Clean, spacious, comfortable

Clean, spacious, comfortable

Québec to Montreal Route Map

Québec Montreal

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

In the last month, $43.98 was the average price of a train ticket from Québec, QC to Montreal, 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 $27.44 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

$95$63$32NovDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Québec to Montreal will vary between C$48 and C$94. Planning a train trip to Montreal within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Québec over the next 7 days is C$52. 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

$63$51$38$25$13DJFMAMJJASON

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Québec to Montreal 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$40 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Québec to Montreal in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$54 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

$95$76$57$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 Montreal from Québec will be about C$27.44 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Québec to Montreal?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail43h 50m$53.37
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

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

    From Québec to Montreal train travel on VIA Rail takes 3 hours and 50 minutes. If you are looking to get to Montreal faster, VIA Rail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 3 hours and 11 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 Montreal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you take the bus or train from Quebec City to Montreal?

Both the bus and the train are good options from Quebec City to Montreal. Both the fastest bus and fastest train options take between 2 hours 30 minutes and 2 hours 45 minutes, but train prices actually start lower — the cheapest train ticket is about CA $29, while the cheapest bus ticket is about CA $45.

Is Quebec City to Montreal a good day-trip?

Quebec City to Montreal makes for a pretty good day-trip. The earliest train leaves Quebec City at 5:25 a.m. and arrives in Montreal at 8:37 a.m. The latest train departs Montreal to return back to Quebec City at 6:25 p.m., so while you can’t stay too late, you’ll have plenty of time during the day to spend in Montreal.

What is the best way to get from Quebec City to the Montreal airport?

The best way to get from Quebec City to the Montreal airport is to take a train from Quebec City to the station at 895 Rue de la Gauchetière O in Montreal, then take a short walk to the René-Lévesque/Mansfield bus stop, where you’ll take a 30-minute bus ride on the 747 to YUL Aéroport Montréal-Trudeau. In sum, the total travel time from Quebec City to the airport is around 4 hours.

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

The distance between Québec and Montreal is approximately 145 miles, or 233 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 49 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 11 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 Québec to Montreal are the most crowded on Thursday. 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.

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 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 Québec to Montreal?

There are 4 scheduled trains on most days. 5 of these are direct connections to Montreal. 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 Montreal to Québec. If you're not not set on traveling by train, you could always take the bus from Québec to Montreal for $55.33.

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Québec?

Departure stations

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

All train stations in Québec:

  • Sainte Foy Station

  • Gare du Palais

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Arrival stations

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

Train stations in Montreal:

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

  • Gare Centrale

Need a return trip from Montreal to Québec?

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