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About VIA Rail

VIA Rail is Canada’s national passenger rail with service to 52 cities. Founded in 1977, its 12,500 kilometers of railroads serve millions of passengers per year. With 9 distinct routes and nationwide coverage, VIA Rail is a fantastic way to travel around Canada, whether for a quick and convenient commute from Toronto to Ottawa, or for an incredible adventure across the country from Halifax to Vancouver. VIA Rail is known for its modern trains, which don a recognizable (and snazzy) black and yellow paint scheme.

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VIA Rail train coverage

Daily Trips186
stations56
cities52
countries1

VIA Rail train amenities

VIA Rail
Air conditioningAir conditioning
RestroomRestroom
Extra legroomExtra legroom
Green certifiedGreen certified
Loyalty rewardsLoyalty rewards
MoviesMovies
Power outletPower outlet
SnacksSnacks
WiFiWiFi

VIA Rail reviews from Wanderu customers

Overall review score for VIA Rail
4.5
Based on 569 reviews
Ratings (Out of 5)
Comfort
4.1
Timeliness
4.5
Staff
4.5
Value
3.5
Condition
4.5
VIA Rail reviews from Wanderu customers
Janice
5.0
September 5, 2020Vacation
Pros
Fast, friendly and clean. I enjoyed the free wifi.
Rebeca
1.0
August 21, 2020Solo travel
Pros
The snack box. Very conservative.
Cons
People not being to loud. And employees doing something to make this quieter.
Tips
Make sure you bring Pillows and headphones is you hate the sound of Karens.
Manpreet
3.0
July 10, 2020Visiting family
Pros
Very comfortable
Cons
Its time consuming and little bit expensive
Tips
No
Mona
2.0
March 17, 2020Regular commuter
Pros
Not a thing it was 4.5 hours late
Mohamed
5.0
March 12, 2020Business
Pros
Train is very smooth and no noise at all.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do VIA Rail trains have WiFi?

Yes, VIA Rail offers WiFi on their trains. Although most trips with VIA Rail will have WiFi as advertised, some trains might not come equipped with WiFi and onboard WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. We recommend you bring a book or download a movie just to play it safe. VIA Rail WiFi is generally best used for surfing the web, checking emails and chatting with friends; you shouldn’t count on the WiFi to binge watch your favorite show.

How much luggage can you take on the VIA Rail train?

VIA Rail has quite an extensive baggage policy intended to best service all passengers while maintaining standard regulation.

Each passenger is allowed to carry on 2-3 pieces of luggage, depending on the fare class. Economy class passengers are allowed one personal item and one large bag, or one personal item and two small bags. Business class and youth (age 12-25) passengers are allowed one personal item and two large bags as carry on.

For all of these fare classes, one additional carry-on item is allowed for a fee of $40 for each direction. Sleeper and prestige class tickets have a carry-on allowance of one personal item per person and two small bags per cabin; all additional items must be checked.

Each passenger may check up to 2 bags for free. The maximum allowed weight for each baggage item is 23 kilograms, equivalent to 50 pounds. Each bag’s dimensions (length, width, height) must not exceed a sum of 158 cm, or 62 inches. Overweight baggage, oversized baggage, and extra baggage all incur a fee of $40 per item per direction.

Furthermore, you may bring one bicycle onboard for each adult ticket. Most trains have baggage cars with a rack that supports 12 bikes. Your bike should not be in any carrier or otherwise covered.

Are there power outlets or USB plugs on the train?

Yes, there are power outlets onboard VIA Rail trains. You can generally find one or two sockets per row of seats, so be a good traveller and check if your seat neighbor might want to charge up their devices as well. With the onboard power outlets, you can charge both a computer and USB devices with a USB power adapter that typically comes with most phones and tablets.

Since VIA Rail might sometimes use replacement train vehicles, not all trips are guaranteed to have power points. We recommend to bring a power bank to charge your phone for all trips over 2 hours, just in case.

Where can you travel with VIA Rail?

The VIA Rail system spans 8 Canadian provinces from coast to coast: British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. It is comprised of 9 distinct routes:

Perhaps the two most well known routes are the Canadian and the Ocean. One of VIA Rail’s signature trips as the longest, the Canadian takes you from Toronto to Vancouver. This train is world-renowned and is even featured on the back of the Canadian ten dollar bill. During the ride aboard the Canadian, you will get a view of incredible scenery out the window, from the lakes of Ontario, to the prairies in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, to the boreal forests in Alberta, to the Canadian Rockies, with stops in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Jasper along the way. The Canadian train even has a dome car, made specifically to appreciate the incredible views aboard VIA Rail.

The Ocean is yet another amazing train ride offered by VIA Rail. Its route extends from Montreal to Halifax. Enjoy the beauty of French Quebec before you head through the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

What is VIA Rail's schedule?

On a typical day, VIA Rail has 186 scheduled train trips in total. However, the exact departure and arrival times vary depending on the day and route. The best way to find the exact schedule for your trip is to use the search tool on this page.

Does VIA Rail allow pets?

Yes, you can travel with a pet on VIA Rail. You must make special pet reservation after you've purchased your ticket. The pet must fit inside a carrier with a total weight of pet and carrier not to exceed 10kg or 22 pounds.

Do you need an ID to get on the train?

Yes, VIA Rail requires you to present an ID to an agent to be allowed to board the train. Make sure you have identification issued by a government agency that meets the carrier’s requirements. Alternative IDs, such as a college ID, won’t work.

Are there bathrooms on VIA Rail trains?

Yes, there are bathrooms on VIA Rail trains. The bathrooms are pretty basic and include a toilet, toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Most bathrooms don’t have running water. As you will be using a bathroom on a moving vehicle, please use caution and hold on to a rail at all times.

Can tickets be canceled and refunded?

Yes, you can modify or cancel a VIA Rail reservation whether it’s an electronic or paper ticket. The easiest way to do this is by phone at 1-888-842-7245 or online on VIA’s website. A cancellation fee may apply.

Do you have to print your VIA Rail ticket?

VIA Rail does not require a printed ticket to board the train. Instead, an eTicket is sent to you by email when you make your reservation. You can use your smartphone to show this eTicket to the ticketing agent as you board.

Does VIA Rail offer any premium features like extra legroom or movies?

VIA Rail goes the extra distance to deliver premium features to its customers.

Movies are provided during the train trip to keep you entertained. Don’t forget to bring your favorite pair of headphones, as headphones are not always included on the train. We recommend in-ear noise cancelling headphones due to their small size.

Do you find yourself squished in a regular seat or just love having extra room to sprawl out? Well you’re in luck as VIA Rail offers extra legroom seating. Since there is no standard of what extra legroom is, the extra space you get may vary between train lines, but getting extra is always good.

Cheap VIA Rail tickets recently found on Wanderu

With 186 VIA Rail trips per day, there are a lot of great deals to uncover for the bargain hunter and VIA Rail tickets start at just $20.00. Check out some of the latest and greatest deals snatched up by Wanderu users.

Port Hope to Oshawa
Travel dateSat Dec 5
Lowest price$20.00
Kingston to Brampton
Travel dateTue Dec 15
Lowest price$65.00
Windsor to Montreal
Travel dateSat Dec 5
Lowest price$106.00
Kingston to Toronto
Travel dateFri Dec 4
Lowest price$45.00
London to Montreal
Travel dateFri Dec 4
Lowest price$86.00

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