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“Convenient location”

VIA Rail Canada Montreal Station
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 1, 2013

After staying at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth and using its convenient Metro access for several days, we took the elevator down to the Via Rail station, checked our bags and enjoyed a hassle-free 2.5 hours to Quebec City (and subsequent return). Ticketing, baggage check, snacks on board and entire process could not have been more pleasant. The station was clean, comfortable and provided multiple low-end eating amenities. High end eating was only an elevator ride away. My recommendation would be to watch the fares carefully as I noticed a dramatic change in fare during the week immediately prior to our departure that saved our family of four significant expense and made the train worthwhile versus car rental. Internet access on boardand at the station was a nice plus.

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Reviewed December 14, 2012

Caught the train this morning from the Ottawa station economy class to Montreal. Then came back business class. Extremely clean, well run stations that have smart phone check in and strictly reinforce luggage limits. Staff throughout the trip were curtious, knowledgeable and even somewhat happy to help. I recommend business class for the cost since you get drinks, pretzels and an excellent three course meal (at least for dinner). Comfy seats and free wifi too.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

We reserved a cabin for two from Toronto to Vancouver. The Panorama Lounge had some nice features, but was terribly crowded and located nowhere near our train's track. It needs to be relocated. Also, Via should offer some kind of service to help disabled passengers get to the proper car--it seemed like a mile total of walking from the lounge to the track and then the second last car on the 20 or 30 car train. Via doesn't seem to care much about its passengers.

Thank SteveK619
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

Not much to say, a lot depends upon when you go - could be packed or dead. It is an average train terminal and functional enough, easy to navigate, parts of it are a bit run-down.

Thank Neil38
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Reviewed July 19, 2012

We took this train from montreal canada to quebec city both ways cost about $94 .The train is nice and has comfortable seats 2 to a row and it has english and french speaking staff they offer drinks and snacks aboard. windows are large for a nice view of the farm land etc.The way from montreal to Quebec city was nice except for a squeaky car that squeaked the whole way and gave most passengers in car 3 a headache..other than that it was good. Now the way back from quebec to montreal was a different story though..Weather was pretty hot in the 90's -100 outside and train started out with cool air conditioning =good--less than one hour in to the trip --no air conditioning--(this is a 3 hour trip one way) the car was heating up and felt like an oven--it was not good at all and there was no staff to ask what was going on...extremely uncomfortable -we pulled into the station at montreal and guess what turns on? The air conditioning..what could have been an lovely trip turned sour and uncomfortable-ruined my day-not good

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