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Montreal to Quebec City: The Best Way to Travel

Updated: Jan 24

Quebec is Canada’s charmingly French region. It’s a must-visit while in Canada, with two of the best places to visit being Quebec City and Montreal. Here you will enjoy delicious French-Canadian food, stunning architecture, museums, city life, and more.


If you're wondering how to get from Montreal to Quebec City, good news. Alpacka My Bags is here to help! Keep reading to learn how to get between the cities with and without a car! Take the scenic drive or plan your train trip with this guide.


The Best Ways to Get from Montreal to Quebec City


Montreal to Quebec City


Driving


One option for getting from Montreal to Quebec City and back is to drive. Who knew? Honestly though, if you’ve ever driven on the right side of the road, you’ll be golden when driving in Quebec. The average drive from Montreal to Quebec City takes 3 hours.


The two most common routes are taking the A20 or the A40 to get from Montreal to Quebec City.

The A20 is the fastest route and generally takes a little under 3 hours. Or you can opt to drive along the St Lawrence River on the A40. This route takes about 15 to 30 minutes longer, but the A40 is more scenic.


For my fellow Americans, the only major difference between driving in Quebec and driving in the US are the speed limits. Remember they use kilometers per hour in Canada! The drive from Montreal to Quebec City is mostly all on major highways, so directions will be easy to follow.


Driving is a great option if you want to explore more of the province. Once outside of major cities, it is hard to get around without a car. Check out the best day trips from Quebec City and see for yourself how beautiful Quebec is.


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Use your preferred maps or directions app, ours is Google Maps, plug in your specific destination, and hit the road. Keep in mind, gas is fairly expensive in Canada. It’s also based on price per liter, not gallon, my American friends.


If you don’t have an international phone plan, find some free wifi while you’re still in Montreal, maybe in your hotel, plug in the directions before you leave, and Google Maps will keep the directions up even if you lose internet access!


This is only if you keep the route open though. Don’t close the app or end your trip, otherwise, the directions will be lost! Don’t fret about driving in another country if you’re from outside of Canada. Check out more driving tips below!



Taking the Train


Another option, if you don’t have your own car or aren’t renting one while in Canada, is taking the train from Montreal to Quebec City! This is a great option if you don’t want to get behind the wheel and plan on staying only in the city. The average train journey takes 3.5 hours.


Tickets range from USD $65 to USD $310 roundtrip. There are various ticket types you can purchase, just like on a plane. The most basic is the “Escape” ticket, which is the cheapest, and they progressively get more expensive until you reach the “Business Plus” option, which is the most expensive.


taking the train from montreal to quebec city

If possible, I recommend booking tickets in advance, as they are much cheaper this way. If you want to buy a ticket day of or for the next day, you risk not being able to find any tickets if they’re sold out and also paying much higher prices.


Taking the train from Montreal to Quebec City and back is definitely the most convenient option. It allows you to work or relax while on the journey. It is a slightly longer train journey than driving, but not by much. If you plan on taking the train, you can book tickets below!






Driving is the quickest, and often cheapest, option if you have your own car with you. However, if you won’t need a car for the rest of your trip, renting one just to drive from Montreal to Quebec City will be quite expensive.


Taking the train from Montreal to Quebec City can be quite expensive too, but it is convenient. If you don’t want to rent a car, this is definitely the best option. And if you don’t know when you’ll be back in Canada, the train tickets are so worth it! Quebec City is a wonderful place to visit.


If you plan on using a car, check out our guide to driving in Quebec City so you can get around without worries. There are cool places to visit outside of Quebec City as well, which are reachable if you have a car.


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Now you know how to get from Montreal to Quebec City and back, when are you planning your Canada trip? Will you be visiting other places as well? Canada is a vast, beautiful country with many places worth visiting.


While traveling in the Quebec region, check out the best coffee shops in Quebec City and make sure you try these traditional Quebecois foods! Pick up some basic French phrases, pack your bags, and have fun in Quebec, Canada!


Keep planning your Quebec trip!



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Hi, I'm Georgina, adventure enthusiast and creator of Alpacka My Bags. I'm here for all of your travel and adventure planning needs! 

 

I've been exploring this beautiful planet since I was a child, so I decided it was time to share my travel tips with others to enjoy. After college, I knew the "traditional career path" was not for me.

 

I needed to travel and explore what this world has to offer. It sounds cliché but you do only live once. So I made going on adventures a priority, and soon realized that I wanted to share them with others so you can enjoy them too! 

My passion is spreading the travel bug and showing others that travel is attainable and so worth it. From itineraries to camping tips to packing lists, Alpacka My Bags has you covered!

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