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VIA Rail Canada

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Fantastic scenery

We travelled from Toronto to Vancouver on the Canadian. The trip itself was great and the veiws were breath taking. The train was a little tired looking here and there, but you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
angela h
Gravesend, United Kingdom

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a 21 year old university student, I'm usually too broke to afford business class. This time I booked super early for a somewhat important trip from Toronto to Ottawa, and with business class only costing about $50 extra, I decided to treat myself. Now, maybe it's just because I've never been in business class before, but I had really... More 

Thank Jeremy L
Gravesend, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We travelled from Toronto to Vancouver on the Canadian. The trip itself was great and the veiws were breath taking. The train was a little tired looking here and there, but you would expect that as it was built in 1954, although kept reasonably clean. The staff were amazing and a credit to Via Rail. However, we paid for a... More 

1 Thank angela h
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the train from oshawa to Montreal then returned. On the way there went economy but upgraded the trip home to business. Worth it. The lounge in Montreal was a bit disappointing though. Very crowded and not every seat had outlets to charge electronics. The wifi was terrible. Had a poor selection of drinks, no food and terrible coffee. Most... More 

Thank Ginette B
Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I regularly use Viarail to travel Ottawa-Toronto route for business, as do many people. In the newer cars, they have reconfigured the seating so that over half the seats face backwards, and many are facing each other. So if you prefer to sit facing the direction of travel, and/or travel alone and prefer not to be in a group of... More 

1 Thank ottawatraveler_11
Muriel Lake, Alberta, Canada
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Despite the four hour delay getting on the train, and the twelve hours it took from Kamloops to Vancouver it was well worth it. The food is amazing and the wine pairing is fabulous. Would recommend getting a sleeper car or cabin if going for more than one night. As well as bring your own pillow and blanket if travelling... More 

1 Thank Rebby0808
Toronto, Canada
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Riding Via rail from Ottawa to Toronto in one of the new redesigned cars is the worst! The new seats are very uncomfortable!!! After an hour my bum is completely numb and my back is aching because the seats are so terrible It is no longer worth travelling by train now. Whoever approved this new design did not bother to... More 

2 Thank ptbinla
Pontiac, Michigan
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We traveled from Windsor to Toronto on Sat, March 11. We arrived at the train station about 15-20 before our departure time. The waiting area is not that big. There was a monitor showing upcoming departures. About 10 min before departure, there was an announcements to prepare to board. We began loading onto the train. The train was very nice... More 

1 Thank danaleste
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Would pick the train over 5 hours with two middle schoolers any day. Did the Toronto to Montreal route over march break... staff were helpful and amusing. Train itself was likely on its last legs but it was still better than battling 401 traffic and cranky kids. Book early for deals and seats! Ours was full.

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Toronto, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the train from Toronto to Montreal instead of a car or a plane and it was absolutely the right decision. Probably took in the end the same amount of time door to door (when factoring in checkin, security, boarding times, travel out to the airport and back into the city at the destination) but was sooo much more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My son and I took this trip in 2003. The purpose of the trip was to repeat the trip my family made from Halifax to Vancouver in 1956. I was able to visit Pier 21 where we first landed as immigrants from Germany. My mom wore heels and a suit, and all 4 of us under 10 made that journey.... More 

1 Thank Marliss B

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