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“Large full-service train station”

VIA Rail Canada Montreal Station
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed January 8, 2014

We have travelled through this station a number of times as it is the main hub for Via Rail in Eastern Canada. It is also attached to the Metro subway, the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, and is the terminal for a number of commuter trains. What makes waiting for a train more than tolerable is the number and variety of restaurants and services attached to the station.

1  Thank Denis D
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

We travelled in the morning (January 6th) from Ottawa to Montreal using the economy train. The breakfast provided in the business class is not worth it. In the evening we returned from Montreal to Ottawa using the Business class. The reason is that in the evening hot meals are provided and there is a choice between three menus. The meals are often excellent.

The business lounge in Montreal is spacious with a variety of complimentary magazines to read while waiting for the train. The wonderful espresso and cappuccino machine that use to be in that lounge has been replaced by a cheap coffee dispenser. If Via rail wants to cut on some expenses, they are not making the right choices.

The service on the train and the meals are excellent. We both took the filet de morue and it was excellent.The wine provided is also very good. Via Rail uses to provide a choice of variety of bread. They downsized to only white and brown bread. We wish they bring back their olive bread. The famous traditional chocolate offered at the end of the meals has also been downsized. The previous one was really irresistible. the small chocolate provided now are not at the level of the quality that Via Rail used to provide. I don't think so that Via Rail is saving money by cutting in a piece of chocolate or a type of bread. Previously, there were 2 hostess/Stewart in the business class. They are reduced to one. The hostess (Lise) did an outstanding excellent service all by herself.

Overall, the train is a good mean to travel but Via Rail should maintain a level of quality that used to offer in the past.

2  Thank Gabriel N
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Reviewed December 4, 2013

This was a new experience. Staying at Ste Catherine location allows you to jump on and go to several places. We visited the Bio-Dome and it was great! We also went to the ? many miles long underground mall , that was an adventure ! The nearby chuches and square were historical and beautiful. This was our first time riding subways and titles were in French..Listen closely when they call the stations! Better yet know where you got on ! Great place to visit

Thank CruiserIndiana
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

Can't ask for a better location if you have business (or pleasure) to do in downtown Montreal.

No traffic jam and your arrive downtown; close to Ste-Catherine and old Montreal. Travelled by train for business and pleasure and will continue to do so.

It is a busy station but what to expect, you are in downtown Montreal!

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

First off, the station is under the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth where we stayed, so there was no risk in missing our train as a result of traffic jam from another part of downtown to here. We just took the hotel elevator directly to the level of the station. The station is connected to Montreal's underground city, where there are mind boggling arrays of food outlets, making it very easy NOT to patronize McDonalds or equivalent.

The place is very airy and well marked, so finding your gate is a breeze.

Now the bad part: the tracks are one level down, and it's dark at the platforms. Darker than the Toronto metro platforms, and those in Paris and London underground. Older folks whose eyesight require more light may find it taking longer to adjust.

I have written another review on VIA, which was disappointing, hence my title of this review.

Thank tak3
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