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Trip Summary

There are usually 11 daily train trips available from Montreal to Toronto. Traveling by train from Montreal to Toronto usually takes 6 hours and 24 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 4 hours and 45 minutes.

Distance313 mi (504 km)
Fastest train4h 45m
Lowest price£30.79
Trains per day10
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Montreal to Toronto

(Based on 90 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

William

21 May 2024- Business

VIA Rail

Tracks, very rickety

5.0

Stephanie

15 April 2024- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: Wifi, comfortable, staff was friendly , good price. Cons: The car no 3 was pretty empty, i would have liked to be alone but I had a person right beside me.

5.0

Ajmal

9 January 2024- Regular commuter

VIA Rail

Pros: It was great. Tips: I prefer it more safely.

5.0

Balazs

21 December 2023- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: As a european resident who never travelled on a train in Canada, I was a bit anxious about our luggage and the local experience. However, I needn’t have been: it was a very comfortable experience and the staff made us feel welcome immediately. Cons: I‘m not sure what the added benefit of the pre-arranged boarding is, in especially as the tickets are also checked later on the train. Tips: Be there on time for the boarding. There is no need to get there earlier as it will take some time to get everyone on the train. I would also recommend bringing some food and drinks on a longer ride if you don’t want to pay the on-board catering.

5.0

Alma Magdalena

18 October 2023- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: Is quiet, I could read and sleep nicely. Cons: space, because I got ticket for a seat with a table and more people in front of me and we were all the time with footwork under the table. Tips: don't take the seats with table in the middle.

Montreal to Toronto Route Map

Montreal Toronto

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

In the last month, the average price of a train ticket from Montreal to Toronto was £49.65. Good news! You can find the cheapest tickets if you book your trip at least 28 days prior to the travel date. You’ll likely pay around £39.58 more if you wait to book until the last minute.

Average prices by travel date

£127£85£42JulJul

Over the next 30 days, a one-way train trip from Montreal to Toronto will cost between £58 and £125. Book in advance to secure the best price in the next few weeks.

Monthly average prices

£77£62£46£31£15ASONDJFMAMJJ

Ticket prices for the train from Montreal to Toronto often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in November when the average ticket price is only £53,

If you're thinking of traveling from Montreal to Toronto during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of £65 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

£96£77£58£38£193020100

By booking your train trip from Montreal to Toronto on Wanderu at least 28 days ahead of time, you can save about £39.58 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Montreal to Toronto?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Montreal to Toronto. However, there are 11 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail116h 25m£65.95
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 11 daily trips between Montreal and Toronto. 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 fastest way to get from Montreal to Toronto is to fly, with a direct flight averaging between 75 and 90 minutes. This is also the most expensive option, however, with tickets averaging about CA $130 and as high as almost CA $400. A train ride on VIA Rail Canada averages about 5 hours in duration, but is significantly cheaper at about CA $64 per ticket.
Yes, there is a direct train between Montreal and Toronto. Operated by VIA Rail Canada, there are six daily trains that go directly from Montreal to Toronto. The fastest trip is about 5 hours in duration.
Catch the VIA Rail Canada at Gare Centrale (Central Station) in Montreal. This train station is located underground, beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. The address of Gare Centrale is 895 Rue de la Gauchetière O.

The distance between Montreal and Toronto is approximately 313 miles, or 504 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 6 hours and 24 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 45 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 Montreal to Toronto are the most crowded on Saturday. 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 Monday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Montreal 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.

There are 11 scheduled trains on most days. 10 of these are direct connections to Toronto. 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 Toronto 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.

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.

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 Toronto?

Union Station, Toronto, ON - CATORAMT-0

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Union Station, Toronto, ON - CATORAMT-1

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Main arrival 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!

Train stations in Toronto:

  • Union Station

  • Guildwood

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