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Trip Summary

There are 4 daily trains from Québec City to Montreal. Traveling by train from Québec City to Montreal usually takes around 3 hours and 53 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 40 minutes.

Distance145 mi (233 km)
Fastest train3h 40m
Lowest price$29.45
Trains per day4
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Québec to Montreal

(Based on 52 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Sydney

September 27, 2022- Couples trip

VIA Rail

Pros: We had never ridden on VIA Rail and enjoyed the trip. Cons: We normally wouldn't have had to change trains, but our train was going into the barns, but the staff was excellent making sure we got on the right train. No complaints at all. Tips: If you like trains, ...

Pros: We had never ridden on VIA Rail and enjoyed the trip. Cons: We normally wouldn't have had to change trains, but our train was going into the barns, but the staff was excellent making sure we got on the right train. No complaints at all. Tips: If you like trains, try it.

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4.0

James

September 24, 2022- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Scenic and comfortable. Cons: Had to switch trains in Montreal.

Pros: Scenic and comfortable. Cons: Had to switch trains in Montreal.

5.0

Sharon

June 30, 2022- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: Very much. Cons: Faster train ride.

Pros: Very much. Cons: Faster train ride.

4.0

MA DEL CARMEN

June 14, 2022- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: La eficiencia seguridad y calidez. Cons: El precio y tiempo debido a paradas. Tips: Checar claves correctas para comunicarse en la ciudad.

Pros: La eficiencia seguridad y calidez. Cons: El precio y tiempo debido a paradas. Tips: Checar claves correctas para comunicarse en la ciudad.

5.0

ludovic

October 29, 2021- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: All. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Choose Wanderu!!

Pros: All. Cons: Nothing. Tips: Choose Wanderu!!

Québec City to Montreal Route Map

Québec Montreal

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

Typically $44.13 is the average price you should expect to pay for a train ticket to Montreal. At this price a train trip is a cheap way to travel from Québec City to Montreal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Québec City to Montreal by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for February. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just $36 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Québec City to Montreal in June, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to $52 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

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If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Montreal from Québec will be about $35.11 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Québec City to Montreal?

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

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail43h 53m$62.52
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should you take the bus or train from Quebec City to Montreal?

Both the bus and the train are good options from Quebec City to Montreal. Both the fastest bus and fastest train options take between 2 hours 30 minutes and 2 hours 45 minutes, but train prices actually start lower — the cheapest train ticket is about CA $29, while the cheapest bus ticket is about CA $45.

Is Quebec City to Montreal a good day-trip?

Quebec City to Montreal makes for a pretty good day-trip. The earliest train leaves Quebec City at 5:25 a.m. and arrives in Montreal at 8:37 a.m. The latest train departs Montreal to return back to Quebec City at 6:25 p.m., so while you can’t stay too late, you’ll have plenty of time during the day to spend in Montreal.

What is the best way to get from Quebec City to the Montreal airport?

The best way to get from Quebec City to the Montreal airport is to take a train from Quebec City to the station at 895 Rue de la Gauchetière O in Montreal, then take a short walk to the René-Lévesque/Mansfield bus stop, where you’ll take a 30-minute bus ride on the 747 to YUL Aéroport Montréal-Trudeau. In sum, the total travel time from Quebec City to the airport is around 4 hours.

Is it safe to travel by train from Québec to Montreal during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, train carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.

How long is the train journey from Québec City to Montreal?

The distance between Québec City and Montreal is approximately 145 miles, or 233 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 53 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 40 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.

When are trains the most crowded?

Saturday is usually the day when trains are busiest, as many travelers take the train to enjoy the weekend in Montreal. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Monday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. For a less crowded trip, try to book your train travel for the beginning of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Québec City at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 3:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many train schedules are there most days?

There are 4 daily scheduled trains, all of which are direct trains that take you the entire way from Québec City to Montreal.

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

City Information

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.

Montreal

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Québec City?

Main departure station: Sainte Foy Station

There is one train station in Québec City.

All train stations in Québec City:

  • Sainte Foy Station

Where is the train station in Montreal?

Main arrival station: Dorval-Montreal VIA Rail Station (near YUL airport)

Montreal has one train station.

All train stations in Montreal:

  • Dorval-Montreal VIA Rail Station (near YUL airport)

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