VIA Rail Canada

Unaccompanied minors

The conditions that apply to children travelling alone vary according to the child's age:

Eight years of age and younger

A child under the age of eight cannot travel alone on a VIA train. He or she must be accompanied by a parent or an adult 18 years of age or over.

Eight to eleven years of age

As a general rule, children between the ages of 8 and 11, may travel unaccompanied under certain conditions and if the parent or legal guardian completes and signs a waiver of liability form (VIA form 59-09-8).

Meals, Seating and Medical Needs


Train schedules

Please enter a DEPARTURE and ARRIVAL city to show the desired trains available for your selected date.

Printable timetables

These documents are in PDF format. You must have a recent version oPDF logof the Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer.

International travellers

To better plan your trip to Canada, browse this section for practical - and oftentimes essential – information for the international traveller.

Onboard the train

With such stunning landscapes and so many new people to meet, train travel is never boring. Here are some tips and tools to help enhance your onboard experience even more!

Travelling with pets

Pets — excluding guide dogs — are not allowed in passenger cars. They must travel in the baggage car, which means they can only travel on trains that offer checked baggage service.

Lost or damaged baggage

Despite our careful handling of your baggage, we trust that you will understand the following:

Prohibited baggage

VIA cannot transport articles that are improperly packed or too fragile to withstand normal handling. In addition, VIA cannot transport articles weighing more than 32kg (70 lb.) or longer than 180 cm (71 in.), except for oversize sports equipment and skis.

The following articles are prohibited as checked baggage on VIA Rail trains:

Carry-on baggage