Why go to Quebec City?
Getting to Quebec City
Sainte-Foy Terminal, 3001 chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois and Gare du Palais Bus Terminal, 320 rue Abraham-Matin (closest to the Old Town)
Traveling to Quebec City by train is an excellent option. You get to sit back and relax while watching the beautiful scenery fly by.
There are several different travel classes to suit your budget and most inter-Canada rail trips from major cities are direct. The earlier you book your rail journey the better the price – there are limited numbers of cheaper tickets available. Book online at: VIA Rail Canada
If you are travelling from Montreal, Highway 40 is slightly longer but far more scenic. If you have some spare time you can take a scenic drive from Quebec City to Montreal and back, looping along both of the highways, stopping here and there to visit wineries, historic towns and interesting shopping districts.
Getting Around Quebec City
Most visitors will enjoy exploring the Old Town (Vieux Quebec) on foot – strolling along the many quaint cobblestoned passages is an adventure in itself and all the major tourist attractions are relatively close together. Walking tours of the Old Town are extremely popular and will take you to all the major attractions.
There is also a funicular railway which you can take from the Lower Town (Basse Ville) up to the Upper Town (Haute Ville) to save yourself a steep walk. The fabulous views along the way are an added bonus. If you have limited mobility or are travelling with young children, an inexpensive taxi ride can be the ideal way to get from Point A to Point B.
One of the most popular trails is the 5.5-mile Corridor de la Riviera Saint Charles, which starts at the Old Port Market and continues along both banks of the river. The views are exceptional and you can combine excellent sight-seeing with some exercise.
When you venture outside the Old Town walls you will find another excellent public bus service which offers over 60 routes throughout the city, called the RTC (Le Réseau de transport de la Capitale). If you are going to be in the city for more than a few days you will find various discounted RTC passes available on their website: https://www.rtcquebec.ca
There is also a (free) elevator service (Ascenseur du Faubourg) which connects the Saint-Roch neighborhood to the Saint Jean-Baptiste neighborhood.