Big (table) business
May 16, 2018
If you like to spread out when you work, then train travel just got a lot more convenient. We're offering table extensions to travellers in most of our Business class cars—it'll be just like working at the office, but with a better view. All you have to do is ask.
Tricks on tracks
Sep 6, 2017
For most travellers, when they board the Montréal-Toronto train, they know what to expect. It'll be an enjoyable journey, and maybe they'll relax, catch up on work or chat with a seatmate. However, if you're one of the lucky travellers to get Zachary Wells as your service attendant, the trip takes on a whole new dimension. Zach brings his passion for magic and circus arts on board to entertain the young and the young at heart. Card tricks, juggling, balloon art, and spinning plates are just a few of the ways he turns each train ride into an event you have to see to believe. It's laugh-out-loud fun from departure to arrival!
A sight to be seen
Feb 24, 2017
You may never have thought of taking the 1,700 km journey to the stunning subarctic region of northern Manitoba aboard the Winnipeg-Churchill train. But that's probably because you've never stared out the window as magnificent landscapes, stunning wildlife and the dancing Northern Lights roll by. It really is a sight to be seen.
New redemptions for Prestige class
Jan 25, 2017
Have you been saving up your points for a truly unique experience? VIA Préférence is introducing redemptions for travel in Prestige class on the Canadian, between Toronto and Vancouver. Enjoy 4,466 km of prestige with our completely revamped cars and accommodations. This unparalleled encounter with nature comes with attentive, personalized service.
Members can travel one way between Toronto and Vancouver for 26,500 points per person in double occupancy or 53,000 points in single occupancy. Not looking to go all the way to Vancouver or Toronto? You can also redeem for shorter routes:
- Winnipeg-Vancouver: 15,500 pts (per person)
- Toronto-Jasper: 17,500 pts (per person)
- Toronto-Winnipeg: 12,000 pts (per person)
*Some conditions apply.
It’s show time!
Nov 16, 2016
With VIA Rail's On-Train Entertainment system, there's never a dull moment on board. Time flies when you're absorbed in a good movie or TV show, so grab your headphones and a snack, and take your pick of award-winning movies from Telefilm / Films Seville or TV shows from CBC. You can also catch up on your daily news and browse other great content including documentaries and animation from the NFB, little known tales of Canadian history from Historica Canada, and much more. Best of all, you can enjoy hours of entertainment for free. Enjoy the show!
Aug 30, 2016
We want to make it as easy as possible for our passengers to explore and connect. That's why we've strengthened our partnership with Maritime Bus! Travellers can now visit viarail.ca to book a trip to one of the many destinations offered by Maritime Bus—either on its own or in combination with a journey between Montréal and Moncton or Halifax aboard the Ocean. It couldn't be a better time to explore the Maritimes!
Your free shuttle to Montréal-Trudeau airport awaits
Aug 24, 2016
VIA passengers can take advantage of free shuttle service between the Dorval train station and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Why worry about parking, poor road conditions, traffic congestion or taxi fare when you can ride the train to Dorval Station and hop a shuttle to the airport? The service is dependable, and with shuttles leaving every 20 to 30 minutes, there couldn't be a more convenient way to catch your flight!
New QuickCar kiosks!
Aug 24, 2016
Our partnership with Discount Car Rentals provides passengers with a seamless connection upon arrival at their destination station. Due to the popularity of our existing QuickCarMC kiosks, new ones have been added to VIA Rail stations throughout the Corridor. They're now available in Windsor, London, Cobourg, Belleville, Kingston, Fallowfield, Ottawa, Dorval, Sainte-Foy, and Moncton.
Every kiosk includes a credit card reader and a driver's license scanner. The rental process is quick and simple, and a Discount agent is available by video chat to guide you through it. Customers can drop off their rental vehicle at the VIA Rail station.
Or, you can make your reservation online at www.discountcar.com and pick up the car from VIA Rail's parking lot before heading off to your final destination. How's that for convenience?
Aug 24, 2016
Bringing Canadians together is what we love to do, and our new blog is a way for us to share Canada's hidden gems with our passengers—the lesser-known spots, events, festivals and cultural activities we think you'll love. Follow us, and discover the best spots to visit as a family, as a couple, alone or with friends. This month, contributor and foodie Valerie Howes takes us on a tour of Canadian wineries in unexpected places.
It’s Sloane tea time
Mar 1, 2016
Proud to support and serve Canadian products, we're delighted to announce that we now offer a selection of Sloane fine teas on board our trains; top-quality artisanal teas blended and packaged right here in Canada.
Sloane travels the world in search of the finest teas before bringing them back to Canada to be handcrafted by local master blenders. The result? Exceptional-tasting organic tea of the highest quality. With a host of delicious flavours, it's the tastiest way to unwind when you're on the go.
A new way to accumulate points
Feb 1, 2016
Now you can earn points for answering surveys. Our new partner, AskingCanadians, is an online research community—and they want to hear from you. Simply enrol, answer surveys, and watch your points balance grow.
Union Pearson Express
Sep 30, 2015
Now you can travel between Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station in 25 minutes. The UP Express departs every 15 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. daily. Talk about convenient! VIA Rail and UP Express tickets can now be purchased in one single transaction at viarail.ca or by calling 1 888 VIA RAIL (1 888 842-7245).
All that you love about VIA Rail in one app
Aug 31, 2015
We've just launched our new mobile app, which allows you to manage your train trips on the go. Travel with ease thanks to a host of helpful features:
- Book, change and pay for your trips
- Access your boarding passes
- Check train schedules
- Receive updates in real time
Download it to your phone today.
Now you can share the perks of the VIA Business lounge with a guest
May 11, 2015
If you've used our exclusive Business lounges, you know how relaxing and convenient they are. Now, we're offering you the opportunity to share this experience with a guest.
If you have access to one of our Business lounges and are travelling with someone who has a valid VIA Rail ticket for that same day, you can invite them to join you in the lounge for just $10 (plus tax).
So go on, share the perks!
Up-to-date information that delivers peace of mind
Feb 27, 2015
To make your travel experience even better, VIA Rail now offers the Train-Alert Service, which notifies you of your train's status and sends text or email alerts about important schedule changes in the Québec City-Windsor corridor. This new tool also comes in handy when you're picking someone up at the train station.
Getting there is easy with VIA Rail
Oct 17, 2012
Take the easiest route to your destination. With VIA Rail's all-in-one booking, you can simply combine your train travel with shuttle bus services, public transportation and partners such as Air Transat.