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Québec City is a must visit considering its age, history and unique character. You will need 2 days and more to do it justice.
You may also take the train, if you'd like more personal space than a coach. The connections between Montreal and Quebec are much less frequent, compared to the bus. You may check timetable and fares at Via Rail's bilingual website; should you need to call them for infos, details here . Note that if you buy your tickets at least 5 days in advance (the sooner the better), you may get a sensible discount, if there are so-called SuperSaver discount seats left (economy seats in limited number). There are two train stations in Québec City: when arriving from Montreal, the train first stops at 'Sainte-Foy' , and after at 'Gare du Palais' . If you are going to a hotel near the bridges over the St-Laurent River, or near the big shopping centres on Boulevard Laurier, you stop in Ste-Foy. It is a very very small train station, in the middle of nowhere, and you must take a taxi from there. For ALL other destinations in town, you must stop at the 'Gare du Palais' train station. From there, you may walk uphill to either of the two youth hostels in the Old (Upper) Town (this will take you 15 to 30 minutes, depending on your load and fitness!), would it be the International one, or the independent Auberge de la Paix (taxi CAN$5 max) or hotels on Carré d'Youville, Grande-Allée, and so on — all within a short distance uphill.
If you arrive by bus, there are also two bus stations: 'Sainte-Foy' (not the same as the train, but in the same neighbourhood) and 'Gare du Palais' (same as the train station, within walking distance of the Old Town). There are buses and taxis readily available at Gare du Palais, less so in the Ste-Foy station.
To Quebec City : Head to Longueuil subway station. When exiting, take the bus going to Boucherville. When you hop on the bus, tell the driver you want to go on the Hwy 20, and not to Boucherville (otherwise, you will pay for a full ticket). Ask him or her to drop you off as close as possible to the highway. You will have to walk up a very short distance to the access road, and then walk 5 to 10 minutes so you can get the traffic coming out of Longueuil as well as the traffic coming out of Montreal. Watch for ''Sico'' sign, it is a painting factory. This is your very best spot; you'll never wait more than 5 minutes to get a ride there.
To Montreal : cross the Laporte bridge (1 mile) to the south bank. Keep your right. Don't ever start hitching here, in the exit! ! Walk through the exit for the Hwy 20 west (the Montreal direction) until you face a waterfall (the waterfall is on the 20 east side). You will see a little bridge: this is your very best sport. Right there, you get the outcoming traffic from Quebec City, but also from all the east of the province as well; it is a safe place for a car to stop, and you are in a location where drivers could see you far enough in advance. If the weather deteriorates, you may find shelter under the overpass nearby.
If you are arriving from the south and are heading to Québec City, the Laporte Bridge (which doubles as Highway 73) is the easiest to navigate through. If your intention is to drive to the airport , arriving from the south shore: keep driving on the center or the left lane and follow signs for HWY 540 (locally known as "Duplessis"). If you are heading for Ste-Foy, follow the signs for "Henri IV" (or Hwy 73 Nord) and eventually exit at Boul. Laurier. You may drive through Boul. Laurier and further east to reach Old Québec, but a more scenic drive will require you to stay in the right lane of the Laporte bridge, and exit RIGHT at the end of the crossing . Follow the direction ''Boul. Champlain''. Boul. Champlain is a very pleasant drive, as it follows the river and provides a more than scenic view. The pic from the above link 'engineering masterpiece' was taken from this boulevard. You may either turn left and drive up Côte Gilmour (Gilmour Hill - closed in wintertime), 8 km from the exit of the bridge, and reach the Plaines d'Abraham (Battlefield Park), pass by the National Fine Arts Museum (Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec), and keep driving constantly to your right every time you have a decision to take until you reach Old Québec 5 km farther; OR: keep driving on Boul. Champlain until you pass the ferry, and only then turn left and proceed to go uphill towards the Château Frontenac, Grande-Allée, etc. ( Old Town). A multiservice Tourist Information Bureau is located right in front of the Château Frontenac at 12, rue Sainte-Anne. You can also take advantage of free advices on the area by calling 1-877-783-1608.
If you are leaving Québec and cross the Laporte bridge, the HWY nr 20 east will be on your left hand side, while the HWY nr 20 west, leading to Montreal, will be on your right hand side, as the HWY 73 south, leading to Beauce area and the States.