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How Much Does Canadian Rail Travel Cost?

 
low costOne-Way Ticket, Short Distance: $35-$150 Per Traveleraverage costOne-Way Ticket, Cross-Country: $500-$2,300 Per Travelerhigh costLuxury Rail Travel, Multi-Day Journey: $400-$10,000 Per Traveler
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Offering economy and luxury rail travel, Canadian trains travel is offered primarily by VIA Rail Canada[1] . VIA Rail offers shorter distance city-to-city routes (Toronto to Montr??al, for example) as well as long-distance trips (Toronto to Vancouver). Luxury rail companies like Rocky Mountaineer[2] and Royal Canadian Pacific[3] offer all-inclusive railway travel packages including sleeper cars, meals and ground transportation.

Typical costs:

  • A one-way, short-distance train ticket on VIA Rail typically costs $35-$150. Passengers booking at least three days in advance will receive a cheaper fare than those booking last-minute tickets, and prices typically increase with distance traveled. For instance,
  • Montreal to Toronto typically costs $80-$150 (trip over 4 hours) one way. Montreal to Ottawa (a trip just under 2 hours) tickets typically cost $35-$60 one way.
  • A one-way, cross-country train ticket on VIA Rail typically costs $500-$2,300, with the highest fares in July and August. The price of a cross-country ticket is generally cheaper for passengers who book at least three days in advance and those willing to forgo deluxe or sleeper accommodations. For example, Seat 61[4] reports that a one-way ticket from Toronto to Vancouver costs $507-$596 (economy class), $970-$1,541 (sleeper touring class), or $1,464 to $2,324 (roomette or bedroom). This trip takes at least four days.
  • VIA Rail offers two rail passes, which are valid for economy class tickets only (no sleepers). The Canrailpass[5] is valid for 7 one-way trips in economy class within a 21-day period. The Canrailpass typically costs $941 for peak travel (June through mid-October) and $588 non-peak travel.
  • The Corridorpass[6] is also valid for seven one-way trips in Economy class, but only in the regions of Ontario and southern Quebec and within a shorter, 10-day period. The pass is good for unlimited economy-class travel over a 10-day period and costs $337 for adults. Passengers can buy a first-class version of the Corridorpass for $804.
  • Canada luxury rail travel typically costs $400-$10,000 per traveler for a multi-day journey (two-17 days) with deluxe accommodations, tours and some meals included. For example, the Trans-Canada Rail Adventure tour[7] on the Rocky Mountaineer from $3,850 per person. The 12-day tour travels from Vancouver to Toronto with stops in Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Niagara Falls. Royal Canadian Pacific[8] trips cost an average of $8,000 per person for a six-day, five-night trip.
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What should be included:
  • Though a Canrailpass used to allow unlimited stops during the journey, the policy changed in 2010. Now included are seven journeys per pass, with one stopover permitted per journey.
  • Economy class on the "Canadian" (VIA Rail's cross-country train) includes a reclining seat and access to a coffee shop and lounge. These seats offer far more legroom and room to walk about than on a plane or bus.
  • Section class offers sleeper accommodations separated by a curtain for privacy; the sections are actually seats that face each other, which fold out to beds at night.
  • Sleeper Touring class is a luxury option that includes sleeping accommodations for one guest (in a roomette) or two guests (in a bedroom), access to hot showers and upgraded dining and lounge options; bedrooms and roomettes also contain a toilet and sink.
  • Buying a rail pass does not guarantee passengers a seat on the train. Individual reservations for each leg or segment of the journey must be made in advance.
  • View photos of each class section and the accommodations in a typical Canadian train at Seat 61[9] .
Additional costs:
  • Add an extension of one, two or three days to a VIA Canrailpass for about $40 to $60 a day (higher in peak season of June through mid-October).
Discounts:
  • Children[10] 2 to 11 save 50%, and children under 2 travel free. Youth[11] (age 12 to 25) and seniors[12] (60 and older) save 10%. There is also a group discount[13] for 10 or more people traveling together.
  • All passengers can take advantage of advance-purchase discounts by ordering tickets at least three days before the trip.
  • Frequent travelers like business commuters and students can take advantage of special travel passes from VIA Rail. For example, the VIA 6-Pak[14] offers students as much as 50% off the price of six one-way tickets purchased at once for travel between two train stations.
Shopping for canadian rail travel:
  • Vacations by Rail[15] has a variety of train tours from the three major providers: VIA Rail[16] , The Rocky Mountaineer[17] and Royal Canadian Pacific[18] .
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External Resources:
  1.  www.viarail.ca
  2.  www.rockymountaineer.com/en_US
  3.  www.royalcanadianpacific.com
  4.  www.seat61.com/Canada.htm
  5.  www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/rail-passes/canrailpass-system
  6.  www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/rail-passes/canrailpass-corridor
  7.  www.rockymountaineer.com/en_US/routes_and_packages/canadian_rocky/first_passage_to...
  8.  www.royalcanadianpacific.com/faq.html
  9.  www.seat61.com/Canada.htm
  10.  www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/discounts/children
  11.  www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/discounts/youth-12-25
  12.  www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/discounts/60
  13.  www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/discounts/groups
  14.  www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/rail-passes/via-6-pak
  15.  www.vacationsbyrail.com
  16.  www.viarail.ca/en/fares-and-packages/packages
  17.  www.rockymountaineer.com/en_US/travel_faqs
  18.  www.royalcanadianpacific.com/schedule.html
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