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Ottawa - Québec City Train Schedule

Train
VIA Rail
  1. Mon,
  2. Tue,
  3. Thu,
  4. Fri
6:08 AM
OttawaOttawa Train Station
11:25 AM
Québec CitySainte-Foy
from $39.84
Train
VIA Rail
  1. Sun,
  2. Mon,
  3. Tue,
  4. Thu,
  5. Fri,
  6. Sat
10:15 AM
OttawaOttawa Train Station
3:52 PM
Québec CitySainte-Foy
from $39.99
Train
VIA Rail
  1. Sun,
  2. Mon,
  3. Tue,
  4. Thu,
  5. Fri,
  6. Sat
2:20 PM
OttawaOttawa Train Station
8:01 PM
Québec CitySainte-Foy
from $39.84
Train
VIA Rail
  1. Sun,
  2. Mon,
  3. Tue,
  4. Thu,
  5. Fri,
  6. Sat
4:07 PM
OttawaOttawa Train Station
9:29 PM
Québec CitySainte-Foy
from $39.99

Trip Summary

You can pick from 4 daily train trips between Ottawa and Québec City. The average train journey from Ottawa to Québec City takes 5 hours and 30 minutes, but some VIA Rail train trips are as short as 5 hours and 12 minutes.

Distance236 mi (379 km)
Fastest train5h 12m
Lowest price$39.26
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for trains from Ottawa to Québec

(Based on 5 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Somayeh

May 7, 2023- Solo travel

VIA Rail

Pros: Very great. Cons: It was an ideal trip for me. Tips: Nothing.

5.0

Jill

September 17, 2019- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Comfortable seat, good service, quiet carriage, good snack service, good and spacious washroom, good communication throughout. Cons: All good. Tips: Great food options at Ottawa rail station.

5.0

Graciela Dora Elisa

May 30, 2019- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Cómodo, excelente vista desde mi asiento, partió y llegó en horario establecido. Cons: Muchas paradas intermedias.

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

The average price for a train ticket from Ottawa to Québec is $52.68, By booking your trip at least 28 days in advance, you increase your chances of scoring even cheaper tickets. But if you wait until the day of your trip to book tickets, expect to pay $25.31 more.

Average prices by travel date

$210$140$70MayMay

The average cost of a one-way train trip from Ottawa to Québec City is expected to fluctuate between $58 and $208 in the next 30 days. If you’re planning a train trip to Québec in the upcoming week, the cheapest price in the next 7 days for a ticket from Ottawa is $73.

Monthly average prices

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Mark your calendar for March if you want to score the cheapest train tickets from Ottawa to Québec City. You’ll find the best deals during this time of year, when tickets cost an average of $62. If you're planning a trip from Ottawa to Québec City during August, bear in mind that ticket prices are usually higher during this month. Expect to pay about $97 for your train ticket, unless you book well in advance and find an even better deal.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Planning ahead pays off when it comes to booking your train trip from Ottawa to Québec. By reserving your ticket on Wanderu at least 28 days before departure, you can save around $25.31. Don't miss out on these savings — book in advance!

Which train should you take from Ottawa to Québec City?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail45h 31m$71.13
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 4 daily trips between Ottawa and Québec. 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 Ottawa and Québec City is approximately 236 miles, or 379 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 5 hours and 30 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 5 hours and 12 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 Ottawa to Québec City tend to have the most passengers on Wednesday. With higher demand ticket prices also tend to be higher on Wednesday. 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 Ottawa at 6:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00pm. 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 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Ottawa to Québec City.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Québec City to Ottawa.

City Information

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.

Québec City

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.

Station Information

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 departure 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.

All train stations in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Train Station

Where is the train station in Québec City?

Main arrival station: Sainte-Foy

Québec City has one train station.

All train stations in Québec City:

  • Sainte-Foy

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