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Montreal - Churchill Train Timetable

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Trip Summary

There are 2 daily trains from Montreal to Churchill. Traveling by train from Montreal to Churchill usually takes around 117 hours, but the fastest VIA Rail Canada train can make the trip in 115 hours and 25 minutes.

Distance1257 mi (2022 km)
Fastest train115h 0m
Lowest price£311.37
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail Canada
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Which train should you take from Montreal to Churchill?

VIA Rail Canada is the one and only train line which connects Montreal to Churchill. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail Canada24d 21h 13m£316.49
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 2 daily trips between Montreal and Churchill. 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

The distance between Montreal and Churchill is approximately 1257 miles, or 2022 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 117 hours, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 115 hours and 25 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 departing from Montreal to Churchill tend to have the most passengers on Sunday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Sunday. 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 Sunday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Montreal at 11:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 14:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Montreal twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. 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 change 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 Churchill to Montreal.

City Information

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.

Churchill

Churchill, MB, CA - CAXAD-0

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Churchill is a town in the far north of Manitoba, located on the shores of Hudson Bay. Unforgettable encounters with nature await in Manitoba for all seasons. Churchill is called the polar bear capital of the world since these captivating animals live in the area during the fall. Guided safaris in tundra vehicles are popular to see wild polar bears from a safe distance. You can also kayak with beluga whales in the Churchill River in the summer, go bird watching during favorable weather, and experience dog sledding year-round. In the winter, Churchill offers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the Northern Lights.

Churchill is filled with these incredible experiences and more, so it's no wonder the hotels and lodges in town fill up with reservations quickly. Despite the small population, Churchill has many excellent restaurants to cater to visitors, including the Lazy Bear Cafe and the Tundra Inn. Remember to pack your heavy winter gear, because Churchill has a sub-arctic (read: very cold!) climate.

You can travel to Churchill by plane or by train. The northern community is so remote that there are no roads to Churchill, which means you can't take the bus or drive yourself. VIA Rail runs trains from Winnipeg to Churchill twice a week, and though the journey takes two days, it is worth it for the magnificent views of the Great White North from the train's panoramic dome car.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Gare Centrale, Montreal, QC - CAMTLAMT-0

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Main departure station: Gare Centrale

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 Rail and 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.

All train stations in Montreal:

  • Gare Centrale

Where is the train station in Churchill?

Main arrival station: Churchill VIA Station

Churchill has one train station.

Train stations in Churchill:

  • Churchill VIA Station

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