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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. 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.
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 Railand 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.
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What train companies travel to Montreal, Quebec?
Located in Quebec, Canada, Montreal is accessible by train from 23 other cities. You can choose from 32 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Montreal on Wanderu. VIA Rail usually has the most trains on any given day.
Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Montreal are also available.
Train companies serving Montreal
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|Amtrak Adirondack||15||11h 8m||$74.86|
|VIA Rail||1||6h 29m||$90.44|
Amtrak Adirondack is a cross-border international rail service linking New York City with Montreal in Canada. The ride across the state is very comfortable with generous seat widths and legroom, an onboard café service, power outlets for passenger use, and complimentary WiFi- not to mention gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley.
Amtrak is the largest passenger railroad service in America, offering daily intercity trains to hundreds of destinations across the contiguous United States, as well as several cities in Canada. Every Amtrak train comes equipped with comfortable seats with extra legroom, as well as several four-seat areas with tables in the middle. In addition, each car has a freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi and power outlets at every seat. There are also snack bars where you can purchase drinks or food during your journey.
VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories. 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.
Which train carrier has the best service to Montreal?
Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Montreal by train with Amtrak Adirondack giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.
Travelers also mentioned that Amtrak Adirondack had the most comfortable train service to Montreal taking into account the seats and amenities that Amtrak Adirondack offers. They rate Amtrak Adirondack a 4.9 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.
If you are looking to arrive to Montreal punctually, travelers suggest that Amtrak Adirondack has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Montreal, rating them a 4.6 based on their on time arrivals.
Frequently Asked Questions
The main train station in Montreal is Gare Centrale. As the busiest station, it has the most train arrivals, although some trains may make other stops in and around Montreal.
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