Travel Information

Getting To Québec City 

By Air

Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is located 16 km (10 miles) away from downtown Québec City.  Direct flights from many major cities in Canada and US are provided to Québec City such as Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, New York and Chicago.  

For all flight options to Québec City, please refer to the list of destinations served by Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport.

Transport to and from the Airport

RTC public transit:

  • Departures every 30 minutes, every day. $3.50 per ride (exact change).
  • Route 76 connects the airport to the bus and train stations in Sainte-Foy with connections available to downtown and Old Québec.
  • Route 80 connects the airport to Québec City downtown (Saint-Roch neighbourhood), with connections available to Old Québec and the Convention Centre.

Taxi:

  • The taxi fare between Jean-Lesage International Airport and the city center is a flat $35.10.

By Train

Québec City is reachable from the USA and from any other Canadian provinces.

Amtrak
Phone: 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Visitors travelling by train from the USA come into Montréal via Amtrak, then transfer to VIA Rail Canada trains for Québec City.

VIA Rail Canada
Daily VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City.
Phone: 1-888-842-7245.

By Bus

Several bus companies provide bus transit between Canadian provinces to Québec City.

Greyhound
Visitors travelling by bus from the USA come into Montréal via Greyhound, then transfer to Orléans Express bus for Québec City.

Orléans Express
Orléans Express Coach Lines provide daily service between Québec City, Montréal, and other destinations in the province.

Fédération des transporteurs par autobus – Intercity Transit
Accessible to all, the intercity transportation network consists of 222 bus stations throughout Québec for efficient, timely travel. 

By Car

Highway 20 (autoroute Jean-Lesage) runs along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, and Highway 40 (autoroute Félix-Leclerc) is the north shore access to the city.

Travel Distances

Canadian Cities Miles     Kilometers

Halifax                  688         1,069
Montréal             151         253
Ottawa                 270         450
Toronto                476         766

American Cities Miles     Kilometers
Atlanta                                 1,401     2,241
Boston                                  381         610
Chicago                                 1,016     1,625
Detroit                                  728         1,164
New York                             524         839
Philadelphia                       617         987
Washington D.C.               749         1,199

Passports & Visas

 

Visitors to Canada must hold a valid passport. Most travelers also require an electronic visa or travel authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada by air. For more information, including visa information, please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada web site.

The ISEK Secretariat and Podium Conference Specialists will provide assistance in obtaining visas in the form of support letters once registration is confirmed and fully paid for.  To request a visa support letter once you have registered and paid in full please email:

Getting Around on Foot

The best way to take in Old Québec’s atmosphere, quaint streets, and hidden treasures is on foot.  The city center occupies a rocky promontory that overlooks the river. This means Old Québec is divided into Upper Town and Lower Town, which are connected by a flurry of stairs and steep streets.

Lower Town: Petit-Champlain, Place Royale, Old Port, Musée de la civilisation, boat excursions, etc.
Upper Town: Château Frontenac, historic streets within the fortifications, the Citadelle, Parliament building, Plains of Abraham, etc.

By public transit via RTC Buses

The local bus network, Réseau de transport de la capitale (RTC), is an easy way to travel to most tourist attractions (see map).  Several types of passes are available offering unlimited rides (1-day, unlimited weekends, and 5 consecutive days).  Family privilege: children age 12 and under accompanied by an adult ride free at all times (maximum of three children per adult travelling with a valid RTC fare).

Where can you pay for your RTC fare?

    • Fares can be paid for in cash on board. However, you must have the exact change as drivers do not provide change.
    • Some 170 businesses sell RTC tickets and passes (mostly convenience stores and pharmacies). Look for the RTC logo in the window or find the nearest point of sale

There is also a mobile application, the RTC Nomade payment, to buy tickets every where and at any time, without having to go to a point of sale. You can download this app from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS).

By Taxi

Taxis in Québec City can be identified by the sign on their roofs. There are several companies. We suggest that you call one of them and they will send a car or ask your hotel concierge.

Want to Learn More about Québec City, Canada?

Visit the web page of the Québec Tourism Bureau below

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