4Travelling by train in Canada

Travelling by train in Canada

VIA Rail, the national rail company, offers many ways to explore Canada—you could take The Canadian across the country from Toronto to Vancouver or just travel between the big cities on the Quebec City-Windsor Corridor.

VIA Rail offers more than just transportation—some epic and scenic multidays train journeys with on-board entertainment are scheduled during the high season (live bands, guided tours…).

Travelling by train is an awesome way to discover Canada. The trip is a journey in itself. You can cross the country glued to the window without worrying about a flat tire or gas prices. You will also meet many other travellers on board and rides are long enough for fun conversations or even impromptu guitar jams. Head to the dining car to socialize and learn more about Canadian culture while chatting with fellow train addicts!

Train tickets remain expensive in Canada, but there are rail passes and special offers if you’re flexible about your dates and trips. It’s a good idea to sign up to receive them by email and book fast if you see the deal you’ve been waiting for.

Travellers on a budget will probably book an economy seat because “sleepers” are the equivalent of business class on a plane.

The main drawback of travelling by train is the same as travelling by bus—you can only go where trains (and buses) are going. Less freedom, for sure, but more chances to meet people and rest during your trip than if you were driving!

Note that in addition to the routes offered by VIA Rail, a few other private companies offer a train service on tourist and scenic routes. For instance, you can take the Rocky Mountaineer in Alberta and British Columbia or the Train de Charlevoix between Quebec City and La Malbaie.

And don’t forget to read From Sea to Sea – Crossing Canada by Train!

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