Travel

Traveling to Québec City

By plane

Jean-Lesage International Airport is 16 km (10 miles) away from downtown Québec City  For all flight options to and from Québec City, please refer to the Québec City Jean-Lesage International Airport Flight Planner or the Air Accessibility Chart.

By car

Travel Distances

Cities Kilometers
Montréal 250
Toronto 770
Boston 610
New York 840

By train

Daily VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City. Visitors traveling by train from the USA come into Montréal via Amtrak, then transfer to VIA Rail Canada trains for Québec City.

Electricity

Québec’s electrical current is 60 cycles, 110 volts. An adapter is needed for electrical appliances using another type of current, such as the 220-volt European system.

Free wireless Internet connection

Thanks to ZAP Québec,  Québec has several access points throughout the city.

Gratuities

With very few exceptions, tips are not included in the restaurant bills. Standard tips are 15% of the total bill, excluding taxes. Cab drivers are usually tipped at the customer’s discretion.

Language

French is the official language of Québec but English is widely spoken in tourist areas.

Metric system

Canada uses the metric system. Visitors find weather temperature reports given in degrees Celsius, gasoline, milk and wine sold by the litre, grocery items in grams and kilograms, and road speeds posted in kilometres per hour.

Credit cards

Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are accepted almost everywhere. American Express is also accepted, although a little less commonly.

No smoking regulations

The Tobacco Law forbids smoking in all public buildings, including bars and restaurants.

Weather and climate

The average temperature in Québec City, for the month of August, is around 22°C max and 12°C min.