Getting to Québec
There are three major international airports in Québec:
Passengers arriving at Montréal-Trudeau can travel by shuttle to downtown Montréal, Ottawa (3 to 5 departures per day), Mont-Tremblant (from mid-December to mid-April and from mid-May to mid-October) and Québec City.
Some 20 American cities have direct flights to Montréal. To find out which airlines fly to Québec and where, consult the Web sites of the following airports:
Québec is bordered by the U.S. states of New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Montréal and Québec City, moreover, are but a few hours by car from major cities such as New York City or Boston. To find out what documents American citizens have to present to enter Canada, please check the Customs and immigration section.
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Various bus companies, including Adirondack and Greyhound, travel to cities in Québec from numerous points of origin in Canada and the U.S. Greyhound’s North America Discovery Pass offers unlimited travel on nearly its entire territory for periods varying between 4 and 60 days.
For more information on buses to Québec, contact the Montréal Central Bus Station.
Pleasure boaters from the United States can get to Québec by the St. Lawrence Seaway, lakes Champlain or Memphremagog or the Gulf of St. Lawrence. During sailing season, some 2,000 pleasure craft of every kind use the Seaway. These vessels must measure at least 6 m (20 ft.) in length and weigh more than 900 kg (1,984 lbs.). Docks and berthing areas are reserved for their use.
The Canada Border Services Agency has a program called CANPASS – Private Boats that provides expedited border clearance for pre-screened persons entering Canada by private pleasure boat.
Québec, Montréal and Saguenay are favorite stopovers for the major cruise lines that sail the St. Lawrence from May through November. Nine ports of call in Québec welcome passengers who set off from New York, Boston, Portland (MA) or Cape Liberty (NJ) to discover the mighty river
The Adirondack (Amtrak) travels daily from New York City through the Hudson Valley into Montréal. Leave from New York's Penn Station in the morning and arrive in Montréal that evening. There are also convenient connecting trains from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC.
To find out what documents American citizens have to present to enter Canada, please check the Customs and immigration section.