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Travel to Quebec City

Flying to Quebec City

There are no direct flights to Quebec City from the UK, but Air Canada offers connecting flights via Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto. Airlines offering direct flights from the USA include Air Transat, Delta and United.

Flight times

From London - 9 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); New York - 1 hour 45 minutes; Los Angeles - 7 hours 30 minutes (including stopover); Toronto - 1 hour 30 minutes; Sydney - 22 hours (including stopovers).

Travel by road

Traffic drives on the right. The minimum driving age is 16.

Quebec City is well served by a network of autoroutes (motorways). Road signs are international but usually in French. Maximum speed limits are 100kph (62mph) on motorways, 80kph (50mph) on rural highways and 50kph (31mph) in built-up areas.

Except on the island of Montreal, it is legal for drivers to turn right at a red light in the province of Quebec unless posted otherwise. It is illegal to talk on a hand-held mobile phone while driving in Quebec (though hands-free function can be used).

An International Driving Permit is recommended but not legally required. Visitors to Quebec may drive on their national driving licences for up to six months. Proof of insurance must be carried. Private insurance is still required to cover damage to property.

Emergency breakdown services

CAA-Québec (tel: +1 514 861 1313 or +1 800 222 4357).

Routes

The main routes from the west (including Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto) are Highway 40, on the St Lawrence River's north shore, and Highway 20, which bypasses the city on the south shore. Access to the city from Highway 20 is via Highway 73, arriving from the south and the US border. North of the city, Highway 73 overlaps with Highway 175 from Chicoutimi.

From the east, Highway 138 from Charlevoix becomes Highway 440, leading directly into the centre of the city. Many of these routes jump around - it is often necessary for drivers to exit the highway, follow another one for a couple of kilometres, and then rejoin the original one.

Coaches

Orléans Express (tel: +1 888 999 3977; www.orleansexpress.com) is the main coach company within the province of Quebec, serving areas to the west and all along the south shore of the St Lawrence.

Intercar (tel: +1 800 806 2167; www.intercar.qc.ca) serves the Lac St-Jean, Charlevoix and Côte Nord regions to the north and east of the city. Other companies serve smaller destinations.

All buses depart from the main bus terminal, Gare D'Autobus de La Vieille Capitale, 320 rue Abraham-Martin, which is directly adjacent to the railway station. Most buses arriving from the west also stop at the bus terminal in Ste-Foy, 3001 chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois.

Time to city

From Montreal - 2 hours 30 minutes; Ottawa - 4 hours 15 minutes; Toronto - 8 hours.

Travel by Rail

Services

Quebec City's main rail station, Gare du Palais, is located a short walk northwest of Old Quebec, at 450 rue de la Gare-du-Palais, next to the main coach station. Trains arriving from the west also stop at Ste-Foy Station, 3255 chemin de la Gare, to the southwest.

Operators

VIA Rail (tel: +1 888 842 7245; www.viarail.ca) is Canada's national rail service provider. Quebec City lies at the eastern end of the Quebec City-Windsor corridor, which accounts for most of Canada's passenger rail traffic. Both economy and first class (VIA 1) cars are available on corridor trains, which link Quebec City with Montreal to the west.

The carriages are clean and quiet, with large windows that confer a sense of the country's vastness, as the train passes acres of farmland and mixed conifer and deciduous forests. VIA 1 fares include a surprisingly good meal and complimentary Canadian wines.

From Montreal, VIA has connections to Ottawa and Toronto; and Amtrak trains (tel: +1 800 872 7245; www.amtrak.com) travel to New York City.

Journey times

From Montreal - 3 hours 10 minutes.

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Le Clos Saint-Louis

The lavish attention to detail in these joined mid-19th-century townhouses makes staying here a treat. Gorgeous antiques feature in the elegant parlour and dining room (where a free continental breakfast is served in low season), and they make an appearance in the 18 bedrooms as well, where area rugs soften the hardwood floors, and televisions are hidden away in armoires to preserve the romantic Victorian atmosphere. This hotel is a gem! But don't just take our word for it: thousands of travellers on the Tripadvisor website once voted it Best Hidden Gem in Canada.

Fairmont Le Château Frontenac

The grandest of Quebec City's hotels is the city's chief landmark, a red-brick, mock-medieval tower topped by a steep copper roof and perched on the edge of the cliff overlooking the St Lawrence. Its 611 rooms have benefited from a multimillion dollar refurbishment project; each stately and grand in appearance if occasionally a bit small, but that's made up for by the prime location, with its gastronomic Le Champlain restaurant and Le Café de la Terrasse overlooking the scenic Dufferin Terrace promenade.

Le Manoir des Ramparts

This hotel, located in the heart of Old Québec, might not win any prizes for design, but it offers very reasonable accommodation at a very decent price, and some rooms have an exceptional view of the St Lawrence River and Laurentian Mountains. Most of the 34 bedrooms have a private bathroom, television and telephone, but eight budget rooms have shared shower and toilet facilities. Continental breakfast is included in the price.

Hôtel Le Germain-Dominion

The 60 loft-like rooms in this warmly minimalist boutique hotel are full of nice touches like blown-glass basins lit from beneath, chunky wooden blinds (revealing terrific views over the St Lawrence River from the upper floors) and home comforts like down duvets and bathrobes. Breakfast (included in the price) is served at large communal tables, a reception area and two meeting rooms cater to business needs and there's a complimentary cappuccino/espresso bar. The staff provide discreet, impeccable service.

Hôtel Manoir Victoria

This comfortable 4-star hotel, just up the hill from the train station, is tucked discreetly behind the main shopping street in the Old Town and is handy for exploring the sights. Low-key lighting and thick carpets give a hushed feel and the 156 well-appointed rooms and suites, done up in earth tones, are a good size. For relaxing there is a pool, sauna, fitness room and spa treatments.

Hotel Le Cavalier du Moulin

This 19th century property in Old Québec is blessed with historic character and charm. Located just a stone's throw from many of the city's most iconic sights, some of the rooms come preserved with their original stone walls and fireplaces, and all are equipped with air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi.