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Trip Summary

There are 10 daily trains from Toronto to Montreal. Traveling by train from Toronto to Montreal usually takes around 6 hours, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 4 hours and 11 minutes.

Distance313 mi (504 km)
Fastest train4h 11m
Lowest price£30.79
Trains per day14
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Toronto to Montreal

(Based on 116 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Sohail

5 December 2022- Couples trip

VIA Rail

Pros: The train was clean and lots of leg room. The seats were a bit hard but not bad. Timing was good too. Cons: I wish the food lady came by more. She came once at the start and once about an hour into the 5 hour trip. But then never again. For the last 2 hours I was...

Pros: The train was clean and lots of leg room. The seats were a bit hard but not bad. Timing was good too. Cons: I wish the food lady came by more. She came once at the start and once about an hour into the 5 hour trip. But then never again. For the last 2 hours I was hoping to get a drink or snack but gave up. Tips: Bring drinks and snacks as the menu is lacking and the attendant doesn't come around much.

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5.0

Sabiana Menshell

3 December 2022- Vacation

VIA Rail

The wifi. It's wasn't working perfectly.

The wifi. It's wasn't working perfectly.

5.0

Sophie

23 November 2022- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: it was easy to navigate. Cons: na. Tips: na.

Pros: it was easy to navigate. Cons: na. Tips: na.

5.0

Furaha

19 November 2022- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: The trip was good. Cons: Nothing.

Pros: The trip was good. Cons: Nothing.

5.0

Cary

12 November 2022- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: VIA rail gets a lot of complaints concerning its speed and price, but I booked Toronto-Montreal well in advance and found it to be up there with the best rail experiences of my life. The Ontario coast is beautiful, the ride is smooth, and it's at least comparable...

Pros: VIA rail gets a lot of complaints concerning its speed and price, but I booked Toronto-Montreal well in advance and found it to be up there with the best rail experiences of my life. The Ontario coast is beautiful, the ride is smooth, and it's at least comparable to the speed of the trip by car, if not faster. Even if you could book a flight for the same price, which I couldn't, you'd spend just as long getting to and from the airports and clearing security. Highly recommend this route. Cons: DINING CAR. I have no complaints about VIA's speed or pricing, which both make sense to me as a fellow North American, but you really can't expect 6 cars worth of people to just sit still in their seats for 4 and a half hours. A bar car would really have made the trip a delight. Tips: The train has no kitchen to speak of, the service carts are basically vending machines on wheels. If you want something decent to eat on the train, bring it with you when you board.

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Toronto to Montreal Route Map

Toronto Montreal

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

In the last month, £55.87 was the average price of a train ticket from Toronto to Montreal. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 18 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £23.51 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£123£82£41DecDec

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Toronto to Montreal will vary between £58 and £120. Planning a train trip to Montreal within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Toronto over the next 7 days is £58. 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

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Toronto 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 £52 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Toronto to Montreal in August, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to £72 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

£103£82£62£41£213020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 18 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Montreal from Toronto will be about £23.51 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Toronto to Montreal?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Toronto to Montreal. However, there are 10 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail106h 1m£68.38
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 10 daily trips between Toronto 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

Are there direct trains from Toronto to Montreal?

Out of 14 daily train trips from Toronto to Montreal, 8 of them are direct. The service is provided by VIA Rail, which offers routes across Canada. If you’re looking to get to Montreal faster, direct routes are more time efficient, averaging about 4 hours and 33 minutes in duration. For comparison, trips that require train transfers take an average of 6 hours and 23 minutes — almost two hours longer.

Would Toronto to Montreal be a good day-trip?

Traveling from Toronto to Montreal is not an ideal day-trip. The fastest travel time on a train is 4 hours and 33 minutes, meaning a round-trip would take about 9 hours. The average travel time, however, is closer to 6.5 hours, which would take you even longer. By the time you get to Montreal, you would only have a short amount of time to visit before needing to return home. We recommend staying overnight or turning this excursion into a weekend trip if you can.

Are Montreal and Toronto in different time zones?

No. While Montreal and Toronto are in different provinces — Montreal is in Québec and Toronto is in Ontario — they are not in different time zones. Although they’re almost 550 kilometers (342 miles) apart, both cities are on Eastern Standard Time, which means you do not have to change your watch when traveling between them.

Is it safe to travel by train from Toronto 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 Toronto to Montreal?

The distance between Toronto and Montreal is approximately 313 miles, or 504 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 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?

On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Toronto to Montreal on Friday. Tickets for Friday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Sunday. Sunday also tend to have less passengers 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 Toronto at 06:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 17:00. 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 Toronto to Montreal?

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 14 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 Toronto.

City Information

Toronto

Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, making it a great destination for travelers looking for a culturally unique experience. One of the most unique landmarks in the city is the Aga Khan Museum, which boasts a beautiful collection of Islamic, Iranian, and Muslim artifacts. If you are interested in art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a definite must-see. For those who want to step away from the bustling city and seek the refuge of nature, take a ferry to Centre Isle, which offers plenty of activities such as biking or hiking.

Toronto’s food scene is vast and extremely vibrant due to the city’s multicultural nature. Bar Isabel is a local favorite that offers amazing Spanish dishes with a cozy vibe. For a more posh experience, head over to Alo Restaurant, which features a five-course tasting menu that will take you on a culinary ride.

The main bus station in the city is the Union Station Bus Terminal, served by various intercity bus services, including Greyhound and Ontario Northland. The main train station in Toronto is the adjacent Union Station, which is the hub for VIA Rail’s intercity services. The city’s airport is the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in Canada.

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 Toronto?

Union Station, Toronto, ON - CATORAMT-0

Image credit: The City of Toronto

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Union Station, Toronto, ON - CATORAMT-1

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Main departure station: Union Station

Union Station is the center of rail transportation in Toronto and Canada's busiest train terminal. First opened in 1927, the station underwent several redevelopment and renovation projects to reach its current state. In 1999, in recognition of the station's importance to transportation history, it was inducted into the North America Railway Hall of Fame. The current station is served by VIA Rail trains and local public transit. The station currently serves over 72 million commuters each year, and as much as 91% of all Toronto passengers pass through this station. Just walking through the station is the perfect way to get familiar with Toronto's locals!

All train stations in Toronto:

  • Union Station

  • Guildwood Train Station

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Main arrival station: Dorval-Montreal VIA Rail Station (near YUL airport)

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

Train stations in Montreal:

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

  • Gare Centrale

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