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Explore Canada with Via Rail

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VIA Rail Canada popular routes and schedules

Popular routesFirst and last departuresAverage bus trip durationMinimum price
Montreal → OttawaFirst and last departures6:20am — 7:24pmAverage bus trip duration3h 53mMinimum price$28
Ottawa → MontrealFirst and last departures6:08am — 5:55pmAverage bus trip duration2h 56mMinimum price$52
Montreal → TorontoFirst and last departures6:20am — 6:52pmAverage bus trip duration5h 59mMinimum price$68
Toronto → MontrealFirst and last departures6:47am — 6:02pmAverage bus trip duration6h 17mMinimum price$67
Toronto → OttawaFirst and last departures6:47am — 6:50pmAverage bus trip duration4h 37mMinimum price$67

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Amenities on VIA Rail Canada trains

  • Air conditioning
  • Toilet
  • Standard seat
  • XL Seat
  • Wifi
  • Power outlets
  • Hot Meal

VIA Rail Canada’s Coverage in Numbers

  • Daily Trains11661
  • Cities243
  • Countries1
  • Routes2774

VIA Rail Canada Train classes

  • Business / Affaires
  • Economy / Économie

VIA Rail Canada User Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

User reviews from travelers who booked their tickets with VIA Rail Canada

Ratings and Reviews (2579)

Excellent service, comfortable seats, and a smooth ride to Brockville. I was very happy with VIA rail!

Ben Y.

November 26, 2023
There was a signal failure and then delayed around one hour which was almost midnight

Yiting P.

November 25, 2023
The bus was 22 min late. And the bus washroom I wouldn't even go in. Floor of bus in seating area discussed

Kevin A.

November 21, 2023
At first I did not receive my tickets, but after contacting the support everything went well

Luis W.

November 12, 2023
I had just arrived from an international flight, I was a little tired and the chairs seemed very uncomfortable, in addition there is no minimum attention, for example providing a coffee or a glass of water. I liked the punctuality.

Teofilo A.

November 10, 2023
Frequently Asked Questions

VIA Rail Canada FAQ

Yes, there is WiFi on VIA Rail Canada! We recommend downloading your movies or favourite shows before your train trip, as the WiFi can lose its connection in rural areas. No worries, you'll still be able to check your emails and social media during your trip.

Yes, there are power outlets and USB plugs on VIA Rail Canada trains. No need to worry about running out of battery in the middle of your favourite movie. You'll also arrive at your destination with all your devices fully charged.

Yes, Via Rail trains offer various amenities to enhance your travel experience. These may include comfortable seating with ample legroom, onboard Wi-Fi, power outlets to charge your devices, and dining options where you can enjoy a meal or snack during your journey. The availability of specific amenities may vary depending on the train route and class of service. It's recommended to check the details of your selected Via Rail train or contact customer support for more information.

You can bring your own food on the train as meals are not included in Economy class. However, there are also snacks, meals, and beverages available to purchase on board with cash or credit card

No, no need to print your VIA Rail Canada ticket! Simply show your e-ticket on your smartphone along with a valid photo ID to board the train. Your e-ticket will be emailed to you when you book on Busbud.

Only Certified Service animals are allowed on VIA Rail Canada trains. Pets are not allowed on the train or in the hold of the train.

When travelling with VIA Rail Canada, you will be able to enjoy Air conditioning, Standard seat, , Hot Meal, , Power outlets, Toilet, Wifi, XL Seat. VIA Rail Canada will offer you a reliable, safe and comfortable train trip!

Via Rail's carry-on baggage policy for the Québec-Windsor route varies by class. In Economy Class, passengers are allowed 1 personal item (11.5lb/11kg) and 1 large item (50lbs/23kg) or 2 small items (11.5lb/11kg). The weight and size limits differ for each item. Passengers can also bring an additional carry-on item for a fee. In Business Class category, passengers can bring 1 personal item (11.5lb/11kg) and 2 large items (50lbs/23kg), with the same additional carry-on item option. The policy is the same for the long-haul trips, though additional items are not available. 

Via Rail is dedicated to accommodating passengers with disabilities and ensuring an accessible travel experience. They provide wheelchair-accessible features, mobility assistance, designated seating, and welcome service animals. Via Rail's customer service is trained to address accessibility needs, and their website is designed to be accessible. It's best to contact VIA Rail to notify them that you'll need assistance a minimum of 48 hours prior to your departure.

Via Rail offers flexible ticket options that allow changes or cancellations, depending on the fare type chosen. Refundable tickets provide the most flexibility, allowing you to modify travel dates or receive a refund if needed. Non-refundable tickets may have restrictions and associated fees for changes or cancellations. It's important to review the terms and conditions specific to your ticket at the time of booking or contact Via Rail or Busbud customer support for assistance. See more about this subject in the ticket fare section.

Yes, there is plenty of space to sleep in VIA rail's oversized seats and you'll have lots of leg room. There is also a fold-down tray and the seat reclines to ensure your overnights are as comfortable as possible. You can carry on your own pillows and blankets, or you can purchase them on the train.

To reach Via Rail's customer service, feel free to call their dedicated phone number: 1-888-842-7245. Via Rail's friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are available to assist you with any inquiries, concerns, or booking-related questions you may have. Keep in mind that Busbud is also here to help you, 24/7! 

Booking Via Rail tickets on Busbud is quick and easy. Simply follow these steps:

   1. Visit the Busbud website or use the mobile app.

   2. Enter your departure and destination cities, along with your preferred travel dates.

   3. Select "Via Rail" as the operator.

   4. Browse through the available options, including different classes, fares, and schedules.

   5. Choose the Via Rail ticket that suits your needs and click "Book Now."

   6. Provide the necessary passenger information and complete the payment process.

   7. Once your booking is confirmed, you'll receive your Via Rail tickets via email or the Busbud app.

Via Rail fare types: choose the right option for your travel needs

1. Escape fare

2. Economy fare

3. Economy Plus fare

4. Business fare

5. Business Plus fare

Via Rail Class Types



Sleeper Plus


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VIA Rail Canada Popular Routes, Destinations and Stations