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Trip Summary

There is one daily train from Vancouver to Montreal. Traveling by train from Vancouver to Montreal usually takes around 100 hours and 59 minutes, but some trains might arrive slightly earlier or later than scheduled.

Distance2291 mi (3686 km)
Fastest train100h 59m
Lowest price£294.97
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
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Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Vancouver to Montreal

(Based on 2 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Pedro Angel

4 November 2019- Solo travel

VIA Rail

Pros: The staff from Vancouver to Winnipeg was spectacular and so friendly (Debora and Ceci (blond lady)) ; but the one from Winnipeg to Toronto was awful and unfriendly (Robert and Paul) if they don’t like their job, just quite but treat people good and don’t be aroun...

Pros: The staff from Vancouver to Winnipeg was spectacular and so friendly (Debora and Ceci (blond lady)) ; but the one from Winnipeg to Toronto was awful and unfriendly (Robert and Paul) if they don’t like their job, just quite but treat people good and don’t be around with their unhappy face, they didn’t care to keep clean the dinning area... Tips: Don’t be mad if you don’t get wifi bevause you will share with more people and that’s nice!! The old fashion way!! Sometimes I wanted WiFi to watch a movie but it was good not to get it.

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4.0

Brooklyn

6 September 2019- Solo travel

VIA Rail

Pros: I absolutely loved all of my interactions with other solo travellers and the staff on the via rail train across Canada. The crew from train 4 from Vancouver to Manitoba was especially great! While spending 4 nights seated upright does not sound like the most comf...

Pros: I absolutely loved all of my interactions with other solo travellers and the staff on the via rail train across Canada. The crew from train 4 from Vancouver to Manitoba was especially great! While spending 4 nights seated upright does not sound like the most comfortable experience, the lack of crowds on board the train resulted in me being able to spread onto not one, but two seats for 3/4 nights! Cons: I cannot think of anything in terms of service that can be improved. I feel as though the facilities, such as bathrooms and chairs, could use some more thorough maintenance, though none of this is the responsibility of the traveling crew. Tips: ~Bring healthy snacks or buy them in each town the train stops in ~Bring a short water bottle ~Have changes of clothes organized ~Wear a sleeping mask and earplugs if you are a light sleeper ~Bring a travel pillow and a blanket ~Register as entertainment for a free ride, or just bring an instrument and be entertaining ~Bring a simple game that you can play with your neighbour, like Uno! ~Get off the train at every opportunity ~Get to know a stranger in the dining car ~Sit in the bubble for a better view ~Have a great playlist or album to listen to ~Bring some business cards to keep in touch with people you meet ~Try to switch seats halfway through the journey so your neck does not get sore from looking at the view ~Tell everyone that by training across Canada rather than flying you are cutting your carbon dioxide emissions by more than 95% ~Bring a reusable container and cutlery ~Enjoy the trip!

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Which train should you take from Vancouver to Montreal?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Vancouver to Montreal. Furthermore, there is only one train per day, so you will have to plan your travel around this limited availability. On the other hand, you won't have to spend a ton of time comparing a bunch of possible options.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail14d 4h 59m£294.97
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail train tickets from Vancouver to Montreal start from £295, and on average cost . Daily there are 1 VIA Rail schedules to Montreal. VIA Rail in Vancouver leaves from Pacific Central Station - 1150 Station St . And in Montreal trains arrive at 895 Rue de la Gauchetiere O .

    From Vancouver to Montreal train travel on VIA Rail takes 100 hours and 59 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The distance between Vancouver and Montreal is approximately 2291 miles, or 3686 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 100 hours and 59 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 Vancouver to Montreal tend to have the most passengers on Saturday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Saturday. 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 Saturday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

Most days, there is only one train which leaves Vancouver at 15:00 and arrives in Montreal around 100 hours later.

Is there a direct train from Vancouver to Montreal?

Typically there is only one scheduled train per day. However, it is not a direct train. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you transfer trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

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

City Information

Vancouver

Vancouver is a trendy diverse city in British Columbia, known for its eclectic shopping, fresh seafood, and unique scenic setting between snow-capped mountains and urban beaches. Vancouver is sometimes called "Hollywood North" due to the amount of movies and TV shows filmed in the area. If you're lucky, you may even stumble upon a movie set as you're walking around town!

If you're looking for the best restaurants, shops and nightlife, cobblestoned Gastown is the perfect neighborhood to explore. Biking around the gorgeous Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver is rivaled only by hiking and skiing on nearby Grouse Mountain, which offers stunning views of the city on clear days.

Vancouver International Airport is conveniently close to downtown, and also one of the biggest gateways for international travel on the West Coast of North America. From Vancouver, it's easy to travel into the U.S. to Seattle by bus or train, or to other B.C. destinations like Kamloops and Kelowna to experience more of the province's natural beauty.

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 Vancouver?

Vancouver, BC - Pacific Central Station - CAVACAMT-0

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Departure stations

The historic Pacific Central Station is Vancouver’s primary train station for Amtrak and VIA Rail service, as well as a bus station for numerous carriers. The impressive Beaux-Arts style station opened in 1919, and is within walking distance of Science World, Strathcona Park, and the lively Gastown neighborhood. Plus, walking just across the street from Pacific Central Station gives you access to Vancouver's SkyTrain public transit system at the Main Street–Science World station. With free WiFi, restrooms, and several restaurants and shops on the premises, Pacific Central Station is a convenient place to start or end your trip.

All train stations in Vancouver:

  • Pacific Central Station - 1150 Station St

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Gare Centrale, Montreal, QC - CAMTLAMT-0

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Arrival stations

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 Railand 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.

Train stations in Montreal:

  • 895 Rue de la Gauchetiere O

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