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Canada - Getting There By Rail

The whole of the south of Canada borders with the United States of America. However, this does not mean that those looking to travel into Canada from the US by train will have many routes they can take. The rail networks are extensive within the US so you can make your way from any area of mainland USA into Canada with relative ease, but there are only a small number of railway stations that cater for international passengers, ie those looking to cross the border into Canada. Larger railway stations offer more direct routes into Canada, but if you don’t mind changeovers and potentially long journeys you can begin your trip into Canada by rail from almost anywhere in the US.

You can travel from New York’s Penn Station into Toronto or Montreal with ease. Amtrak run daily journeys into both cities. The journey from New York into Toronto goes via Niagara Falls and the total journey takes just over 12 hours. The train is called the “Maple Leaf” and has both coach class and business class travel. The journey to Montreal takes place on the “Adirondack” train and is a direct train. The journey is slightly quicker than the Toronto train at around 11 hours. The Adirondack is coach class only. Both trains have full air conditioning, buffet car and comfortable reclining seats.

If you are on the west coast of the US looking to travel into Canada by train then you can get to Vancouver on the Amtrak Cascades train from Seattle. There are several departures each day so there is sure to be one that fits your schedule and the journey time takes between just over 3 hours and 4 hours to complete depending on what time of day you depart.

Once in Canada you will find the rail network to a very high standard and you can easily travel on to your final destination via rail if you wish. Anyone crossing the border between the US and Canada need to have a valid passport and you can expect the security checks to be as strict as they are at the airports.

Useful Resources

VIA Rail

Toronto Union Station
65 Front St West
Toronto, ON
M5J 1E6
Tel: (888) 842 7245

Montreal Railway Station
895 de la Gauchetiere West
Montreal, QC
Tel: (888) 842 7245

Vancouver Pacific Central Station
1150 Station St
Vancouver BC
V6A 4C7
Tel (888) 842 7245

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