Best Canadian Train Trips
Canada is home to some of the most scenic train trips in the world. The best Canadian rail journeys immerse you in our country’s awe-inspiring scenery. You can sit in a glass-domed car and take in the Canadian coasts, prairies or Canadian Rockies. Plus, the service on these trains pampers you. You can enjoy delicious food and relax in a luxe sleeper cabin or lounge chair.
Canadian Train Vacations is Canada’s largest tour operator specializing in train trips. We know the top Canadian train routes. Some are a shorter tour of some of the country's highlights. Others offer a leisurely journey through the prairies, mountains and coastlines. You'll find your perfect train trip in Canada in our list below.
These routes are just the starting point for our travel advisors. At Canadian Train Vacations, we specialize in creating personalized train vacations to Canada. Unlike typical travel companies, we reject the one-size-fits-all approach to travel. We create unique Canadian experiences tailored to you and your loved ones. You pick your hotel class, rail service, dining options, excursions and activities.
Take a look at our suggested itineraries and get inspired. Then contact us to start planning your dream train vacation.
Three scenic train rides in Canada
Canada Coast to Coast by Train
Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Jasper, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax
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Canada Coast to Coast by Train
What is the best train trip in Canada? The Coast to Coast by train is the ultimate train trip across Canada. You’ll see the country’s top highlights, including Peggy’s Cove, Niagara Falls and Lake Louise. This trip includes time on VIA Rail, in a sleeper cabin, and on the Rocky Mountaineer. The route goes from Vancouver to Halifax, and can also be done in the reverse direction.
- Miles covered on train: 1,025
- Days on train: 3
- Nights on train: 1
Polar Bear Expedition By Train
A train journey can take you to beautiful remote locations, like Churchill. Known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World, Churchill is located in Northern Manitoba. The train is the only land connection to this community. Otherwise, you have to arrive by boat or plane. This Canadian train route runs North from the city of Winnipeg to Churchill. Once in town, you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of riding in a tundra buggy to search for polar bears in the wild.
- Miles covered on train: 1054
- Days on train: 2
- Nights on train: 2
Complete Canadian Rockies by Rail
Our most popular selling Canadian vacation gives you eight days to discover the Rockies. This includes two full days on a sightseeing dome car on the Rocky Mountaineer. You’ll have time to explore Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise. Your travel advisor can arrange personalized activities for you, such as canoeing, guided hikes, horseback riding, spa treatments and food tours.
- Miles covered on train: 594
- Days on train: 2
- Nights on train: N/A
Exploring Canada by train
The famous Rocky Mountaineer connects British Columbia and Alberta, running through the Canadian Rockies. It only runs during the day. There are scenic unique routes, with stops in Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise, Vancouver or Whistler. The train offers two levels of service, GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf. GoldLeaf has a full-domed upper level, with spacious reclining seats. Guests eat in the lower-level dining room. Other amenities include an outdoor viewing platform, complimentary beverages and snacks, and dedicated hosts. In SilverLeaf, guests dine at their seat, next to large picture windows. There is a small, enclosed outdoor area.
As Canada’s major passenger rail service, VIA Rail connects Canada from Vancouver to Halifax. It offers four different train routes. Major city stops include Vancouver, Jasper, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Halifax. Depending on the train route, VIA Rail offers daylight or overnight sleeper train experiences. Its train cars feature large picture windows, so you can take in the vast Canadian landscape. Some trains offer a Panorama car, where giant windows extend to the ceiling.
Types of train trips available across Canada
Discover Canadian train routes
Vancouver to Toronto
Montreal to Halifax
Vancouver to the Rockies
Canadian rail journey tips
Train travel in Canada is like taking a scenic tour across the country. If you want to see the best of Canada, there's no better way than taking the train. Here are some important things to know about travelling by train:
- Most train routes depart every few days. This allows you to enjoy a scenic train journey, then get off the train for some time to explore each destination.
- You'll stay in hotels when you're not on the overnight train. We offer different classes of hotels, depending on your preferences and budget.
- You’ll get access to unparalleled views. See wildlife and the best sights in the Canadian Rockies where there are no roads.
- It’s a great way to achieve ultimate relaxation. Disconnect from the world as you sit back in your luxurious seat. Enjoy exquisite food, wine, and views.
- There’s lots of opportunities to explore. At almost every destination, we offer activity add ons. Your trip can be as active or adventurous as you like. Trek on an ancient glacier or see one on a helicopter tour.
Canadian Regions to explore by train
Canadian Rockies and West Coast
Eastern Canada and Maritimes
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Frequently asked questions about the best train trips in Canada
What is the best train trip in Canada?
The Coast to Coast by train is the ultimate train trip across Canada. You’ll see the country’s top highlights, including Peggy’s Cove, Niagara Falls and Lake Louise.
How much does a train trip across Canada cost?
The Coast to Coast by train package starts at $12,340 for a 19-day trip, including transfers, hotels, and some meals and activities. Schedule a call with one of our Canadian Train Vacation Advisors to learn about trips to suit your preferences and budget.
Is there a coast-to-coast train in Canada?
You can travel coat to coast in Canada by train but you must change trains. One route does not travel coast-to-coast in Canada. VIA Rail connects the Atlantic coast (Halifax) to the Pacific coast (Vancouver) with four different train routes.
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