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Trip Summary

There are usually 4 daily train trips available from Québec to Ottawa. Traveling by train from Québec to Ottawa usually takes 5 hours and 47 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 5 hours and 7 minutes.

Distance236 mi (379 km)
Fastest train5h 7m
Lowest price£30.79
Trains per day7
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Québec to Ottawa

(Based on 10 ratings and reviews)

4.5

5.0

Alessia

25 August 2023- Vacation

VIA Rail

Too cold

4.0

Dieudonne

20 September 2022- Visiting family

VIA Rail

availability of staffs to assist

4.0

Noémie

16 June 2022- Couples trip

VIA Rail

Pros: The comfort. Cons: Not being late.

5.0

Joette

7 October 2019- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: No need to rent car! Helpful staff. Timeliness of schedule. Cons: This was a long trip and it would have been nice to receive a complimentary bottle of wTer or cup of coffee. Tips: I didn't use WiFi but saw travelers who did.

5.0

Annie

3 October 2019- Business

VIA Rail

Pros: Easy ride,. Cons: Allocate single seats on empty rows first. Tips: Seat back and relax.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Québec and Ottawa cost £51.97, on average. Booking your trip at least 29 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around £24.70 more.

Average prices by travel date

£138£92£46JulJul

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Québec to Ottawa is expected to fluctuate between £62 and £132 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Ottawa in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Québec is £67.

Monthly average prices

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You can find the lowest prices on this route during January. This time of year offers the best deals on train tickets from Québec to Ottawa, with the average price at just £44. Train tickets on this route are most expensive in August, when the average price goes up to £68. You can still score cheap deals below this average price, though, especially if you plan ahead and book your ticket in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

£77£62£46£31£153020100

By booking your train trip from Québec to Ottawa on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time, you can save about £24.70 on your ticket. Waiting until the last minute means missing out on these savings!

Which train should you take from Québec to Ottawa?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Québec to Ottawa. However, there are 4 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail45h 48m£65.27
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 4 daily trips between Québec and Ottawa. 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 Québec and Ottawa is approximately 236 miles, or 379 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 47 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 7 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 Québec to Ottawa tend to have the most passengers on Friday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Friday. 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 Monday as the least number of people tend to travel then.

The earliest train departs Québec at 05:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 15:00. 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 4 scheduled trains on most days. 7 of these are direct connections to Ottawa. 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 Ottawa to Québec.

City Information

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.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Québec?

Main departure station: Sainte-Foy

There are two stations in Québec where you can board the train to Ottawa.

All train stations in Québec:

  • Sainte-Foy

  • Gare du Palais

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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Main arrival station: Ottawa Train Station

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.

Train stations in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Train Station

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