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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 54 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 40m
Lowest price$58.32
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Québec to Montreal

(Based on 45 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

ludovic

October 29, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

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

5.0

Prem

October 6, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

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 Cons: Seats were a bit outdated and stuff Odd that table extenders covered cup holders.

4.0

Trevor

September 29, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

More outlets and movement to lay back

5.0

Taway

September 19, 2021- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Clean, spacious, comfortable

Québec to Montreal Route Map

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Price trends for trains from Québec to Montreal

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Which train should you take from Québec to Montreal?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail43h 54m$81.97
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 4 daily trips between Québec and Montreal. 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

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.
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.
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.

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 54 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 40 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 Québec to Montreal are the most crowded on Friday. 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 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.

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

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

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Québec?

Main departure station: Sainte-Foy

There is one train station in Québec.

All train stations in Québec:

  • Sainte-Foy

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Main arrival station: Dorval Train Station

Montreal has one train station.

Train stations in Montreal:

  • Dorval Train Station

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