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Trains from Ottawa to Québec

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Trip Summary

There are 3 daily trains from Ottawa to Québec. Traveling by train from Ottawa to Québec usually takes around 5 hours and 34 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Distance236 mi (379 km)
Fastest train5h 20m
Lowest price£28.03
Trains per day3
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Ottawa to Québec

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Jill

17 September 2019- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Comfortable seat, good service, quiet carriage, good snack service, good and spacious washroom, good communication throughout. Cons: All good. Tips: Great food options at Ottawa rail station.

Pros: Comfortable seat, good service, quiet carriage, good snack service, good and spacious washroom, good communication throughout. Cons: All good. Tips: Great food options at Ottawa rail station.

5.0

Graciela Dora Elisa

30 May 2019- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Cómodo, excelente vista desde mi asiento, partió y llegó en horario establecido. Cons: Muchas paradas intermedias.

Pros: Cómodo, excelente vista desde mi asiento, partió y llegó en horario establecido. Cons: Muchas paradas intermedias.

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

In the last month, £28.05 was the average price of a train ticket from Ottawa to Québec. This is a great price, especially considering the length of the route. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 24 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £32.68 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 Ottawa to Québec 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 £34 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Ottawa to Québec in March, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £46 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

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 24 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Québec from Ottawa will be about £32.68 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Ottawa to Québec?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Ottawa to Québec. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail35h 34m£41.37
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail train tickets from Ottawa to Québec start from £28, and on average cost . Daily there are 3 VIA Rail schedules to Québec. VIA Rail in Ottawa leaves from Ottawa Train Station . And in Québec trains arrive at Sainte Foy Station .

    From Ottawa to Québec train travel on VIA Rail takes 5 hours and 34 minutes. If you are looking to get to Québec faster, VIA Rail offers more express schedule options with a travel time of 5 hours and 20 minutes.

    If you're considering a weeked trip, VIA Rail offers 3 schedules for you to choose from. You can expect to pay for a one-way train ticket to Québec.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by train from Ottawa 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.

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 Ottawa to Québec?

The distance between Ottawa and Québec 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 20 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 Ottawa to Québec on Saturday. Tickets for Saturday tend to also be the most expensive. For savy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Thursday. Thursday also tend to have less passangers 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 Ottawa at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 16:00. 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 Ottawa to Québec?

There are 3 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Ottawa to Québec.

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

City Information

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.

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 Ottawa?

Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-0

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Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-1

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Departure 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.

All train stations in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Train Station

Where is the train station in Québec?

Arrival stations

Québec has one train station.

Train stations in Québec:

  • Sainte Foy Station

Need a return trip from Québec to Ottawa?

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