Quebec and Ontario Train Travel Allow for Plenty of Destinations
Quebec and Ontario train travel is made accessible and convenient with multiple railways that provide for inner-city travel, long distance rail travel, and various day trips and excursions. Following is a list of providers and destinations for your Quebec and Ontario train travel experience.
Toronto, Ottawa & Montréal are all linked by Via Rail's comfortable, fast, and modern trains.
The direct trains from Montréal to Toronto or from Toronto to Ottawa each take about 4 hours and 40 minutes with fares starting around CAD$100 or less if special fares are available. Pay attention to which train number you're taking though because depending on the number of stops, travel times can vary widely.
You can travel from Montréal to Ottawa in under 2 hours with special fares starting around CAD$35.
Air-conditioned trains run several times daily from Montréal to Quebec with travel times of about 3 hours and supersaver fares starting around $50.
If you're planning on multiple train trips within this region you may be best served by purchasing a Corridorpass. The Corridorpass lets you travel for 10 days in southern Québec and southern Ontario: Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Québec City or Niagara Falls. Visit Viarail at http://www.viarail.ca/en to purchase individual tickets or a Corridorpass.
Toronto Train Travel (In And Around The City)
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
is responsible for providing Toronto train travel public transit in the City of Toronto. The TTC serves this area with a network of four subway lines, 11 streetcar routes, and more than 140 bus routes. There are transfers available between several TTC lines and GO Transit commuter rail services.
GO Transit - Toronto, Ontario train travel commuter services
is the public transit system that provides service between Toronto and the surrounding regions of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). GO Transit is an extensive network of Ontario train travel and bus services that carries nearly 55 million passengers per year. GO Transit's system of trains and buses extend from Toronto proper to Hamilton, Milton, and Guelph in the west; Orangeville, Barrie, and Beaverton to the north; Stouffville, Uxbridge, and Port Perry in the northeast; and Oshawa and Newcastle in the east.
provides passenger and excursion Ontario train travel between Moosonee and Toronto, with various stops along the way. The trains provide a comfortable Ontraio train travel experience with a dining car and three scenics travel routes:
*Northlander (Passenger Train - Cochrane to Toronto)
*Polar Bear Express (Excursion and Passenger Train - Cochrane to Moosonee)
*Dream Catcher Express (Excursion Train - North Bay to Temagami)
In and Around Quebec City
Agence Metropolitaine de Transport (AMT)
(English: Metropolitan Transportation Agency) operates commuter trains in Quebec City. The train lines are integrated with the bus and metro network maintained by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), or Montreal Transit Corporation.
AMT also offers "tourist trains" that are day trips to various nearby destinations. One such destination is
Vignoble des Négondos
(vineyard of Négondos) a certified organic vineyard in the heart of the Lower Laurentians. Another option is one of the many youth train options, the "Community of Bees" where children observe beekeepers in action and participate in a variety of educational activities. For more information on these option follow the link above to the English version of the Metropolitan Transportation Agency website and click on the "tourist train" link.
Northeastern Quebec / Labrador
The former Quebec North Shore & Labrador Railway offers passenger service now operated by Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. between Sept Îles and Schefferville via Labrador City and Emeril Jct. The train will even transport your vehicle allowing you to avoid the drive along Quebec's treacherous route 389. This railway is little publicized, and as of this writing does not have a website. However, it is one of the best ways to explore the Northeastern Regions of Canada along the border of Quebec and Labrador. VIA Rail provides this schedule
under the Québec / Atlantic Canada connections link. The direct phone number to Tshiuetin Rail Transportation Inc. for scheduling and reservations is 418-962-5530. Follow this link
for a map of the route and region served.