Toronto-Montréal train – Train or flight?

Flying from Toronto to Montréal? The train is a better option.

Why waste productive time travelling by plane or car between Toronto and Montréal? VIA Rail offers an efficient and economical solution.

Productive time

Train

Total travel time: 5 h 29 min

Productive time:
5 h 29 min

 
Airplane

Total travel time: 4 h 15 min*

Productive time:
1 h 15 min

 
Car543 km

Total travel time: 5 h 41 min

Productive time:
0 h 00 min

 
Productive time    Wasted time

 

Advantage of the train vs. the plane: flying time between Toronto and Montréal is perhaps shorter, but that’s just part of the trip. Line-ups at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport and getting to downtown Montréal from Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport represent a significant loss of time.

*3 hours have been added to the flight time to account for time spent travelling between airports and downtown, and check-in, luggage and security line-ups.

Advantage of the train vs. the car: a train travels at roughly the same speed as your car, assuming you don’t hit any bad weather on the 401 between Toronto and Montréal. However, 30 minutes have been added to the length of the car journey so as to take downtown traffic into account.

Discover our great fares:


Route Economy fare Business fare
Toronto – Montréal
$39*   
$99**    

*One-way Escape fare in Economy class. Taxes not included. The number of seats is limited. Tickets are non-refundable, but they are exchangeable with a service charge of 50% of the fare paid (prior to departure). Prices and conditions may change without prior notice. Other conditions may apply.

**One-way Business fare. Taxes not included. The number of seats at these prices is limited. Tickets are refundable and exchangeable with a service charge of 25% of the fare paid (prior to departure). Prices and conditions may change without prior notice. Other conditions may apply. A minimum 7-day advance purchase is required to obtain the quoted fares.

 

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