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There are usually 3 daily train trips available from Windsor to Montreal. Traveling by train from Windsor to Montreal usually takes 12 hours and 5 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 11 hours and 21 minutes.
|Distance||520 mi (837 km)|
|Fastest train||11h 21m|
|Most frequent service||VIA Rail|
Which train should you take from Windsor to Montreal?
VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Windsor to Montreal. However, there are 3 trains per day to choose from.
|Train||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|VIA Rail||3||12h 6m||$142.51|
VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 3 daily trips between Windsor and Montreal. 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.
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The distance between Windsor and Montreal is approximately 520 miles, or 837 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 12 hours and 5 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 11 hours and 21 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.
On a weekly basis, the greatest number of passengers tend to travel by trains from Windsor to Montreal on Friday. Tickets for Friday tend to also be the most expensive. For savvy travelers looking for cheaper priced tickets search for travel departing on Monday. Monday also tend to have less passengers which may make boarding faster and let you snag your perfect seat.
The earliest train departs Windsor at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 8:00am. 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 3 scheduled trains on most days. Unfortunately, none of them are direct connections, so you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train during your journey. Don't forget to bring your carry-on luggage when you switch trains. In some instances, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.
You can also take a train for your return trip from Montreal to Windsor.
Windsor is a vibrant urban community brimming with first-rate entertainment, luscious green space, and cultural delights—a city where there truly is something for everyone. Visitors can step back in time and experience Windsor's rich history through the ages at the Chimczuk Museum, Willistead Manor, and Mackenzie Hall. With 215 parks, the city is also a haven for outdoor recreation; but nowhere is better than the iconic Windsor waterfront, where strollers are spoiled for choice by a number of world-class gardens, the Ojibway Nature Centre, and the Windsor Sculpture Centre.
Known as a melting pot, Windsor is home to an eclectic blend of artistic styles and culinary surprises. For those who want a real taste of the city, catch a theatre performance at one of the many elite venues dotted around Windsor before hitting downtown to satisfy your appetite with a selection of delicious international foods.
Located across the river from Detroit, Windsor forms one half of the International Gateway between Canada and the U.S.—the second busiest border crossing in North America. The city also acts as a major jump-off point for national travel deeper into Canada via Toronto and beyond.
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.
Where is the train station in Windsor?
Main departure station: Windsor VIA Station
Windsor's VIA Rail Station is located on Walker Road, and it is the center of intercity rail services in Windsor. The station opened in 1961, and it received substantial renovations in 2012. The current station features three tracks. Eight daily VIA Rail trains serve the Windsor-Toronto line that originates in Windsor. The station is the seventh busiest rail station in the country, so rush hour can mean a lot of foot traffic through the station. The station's amenities include a lounge, public restrooms, parking spots, and easy access points for people with disabilities.
All train stations in Windsor:
Windsor VIA Station
Where is the train station in Montreal?
Main arrival 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 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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