Vancouver is the perfect starting point for your Canadian train adventure. This West Coast city sits beside the Pacific Ocean against a backdrop of mountains. Give yourself time to explore the city before or after your train trip. Train rides based out of Vancouver take you through British Columbia's interior. See Canada’s beautiful valleys, rivers, lakes and mountains.
The travel experts at Canadian Train Vacations can help you pick the best Vancouver train trip for you. We specialize in creating customized trips and have a deep local knowledge of this area.
Vancouver to Banff train tours wind their way through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Get off the train and explore the region, visiting Banff and Lake Louise. Travel even further across the wide-open prairies on a Vancouver to Toronto train. It's the most comfortable way to experience the sheer scale of Canada.
There are several different train trips from Vancouver to choose from, and our travel experts have picked some of our most popular trips to share with you.
Popular Train Tours from Vancouver
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One of our bestselling Canadian Rockies train trips! This 8-day itinerary starts in Vancouver and ends in Calgary. Relax as the Rocky Mountaineer train takes you from Vancouver to Jasper. Then, spend five days in the Canadian Rockies. Travel the Icefields Parkway, see turquoise-coloured Lake Louise and explore Banff National Park.
Miles covered on train: 594
Days on train: 2
Nights on train: N/A
On this across-Canada tour, you’ll experience a daylight sightseeing train and a sleeper train. First, enjoy the luxury of Rocky Mountaineer’s daylight train from Vancouver to Banff. Discover the beauty and wildlife of Banff and Jasper national parks before boarding VIA Rail’s The Canadian train. You will then sleep on the train for three nights before arriving in Toronto.
Miles covered on train: 2,775
Days on train: 5
Nights on train: 3
Spend four days and nights on VIA Rail’s The Canadian. See as the scenery changes from towering mountains to flat farmland to lake-dotted countryside. In Toronto and Vancouver, choose from a unique selection of small-group sightseeing tours for a full experience of these cities.
Miles covered on train: 2,762
Days on train: 4
Nights on train: 4
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#1 Travel tip: Get out on the water
The coastal city of Vancouver offers some great boat tours. Get a unique perspective on the skyline or go whale watching on an guided excursion.
Vancouver Train Experiences
These are some suggested experiences for your train journey from Vancouver. Your Canadian adventure starts here.
The Rocky Mountaineer operates three daylight train routes through the Canadian Rockies. The train has an outdoor viewing platform, large windows and glass-dome coaches. Passengers enjoy optimal photo opportunities and spectacular views. The train runs from mid-April to mid-October and only during daylight hours. Each evening, passengers step off the train and stay overnight in a hotel. From Vancouver, you can go to Whistler, Quesnel, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise, or Banff. City stops depend on the route you choose.
Explore: Rocky Mountaineer Train Trips
VIA Rail Train
VIA Rail trains operate across Canada, connecting the East Coast and the West Coast. Four main train routes run year-round. From Vancouver, you can embark on a train trip to Prince Rupert, Jasper, Winnipeg or Toronto. You can also go to Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax and more. VIA Rail offers daylight and overnight sleeper train experiences.
Explore: VIA Rail Vacations
There are three train routes in Canada that allow you to sleep on the train. Travel between Vancouver and Toronto on The Canadian and stop in Jasper or Winnipeg on the way. Choose to continue your travels on The Ocean train from Montreal to Halifax. You can also sleep onboard the Winnipeg to Churchill train. These sleeper train routes are available all year long. Some sleeper trains in Canada have panoramic viewing cars, so you have the best views day or night.
Vancouver City Information
- Vancouver is the largest city in British Columbia, Canada’s western-most province. Greater Vancouver is also Canada's third-largest metropolitan area. The city sits next to the Pacific Ocean, is close to the US border, and has the Coast Mountains to the north. Vancouver has a mild coastal climate, making it a delightful place to visit year-round.
- You can spend hours discovering Vancouver’s neighbourhoods. Visit Robson Street for excellent shopping and dining. Stroll past Gastown's heritage buildings. Shop for local food and artisanal products at Granville Island. There are many art galleries, museums, and gardens to explore as well. Whale-watching tours and harbour cruises are popular activities during the summer. Other major attractions include Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge.
- Stanley Park, Vancouver’s first park, is considered to be one of the world's top urban parks. Close to downtown, the park features ancient cedars, rainforest, beaches, and more. Every year, the scenic seawall path is used by millions of walkers and cyclists.
- Both Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail run trains into and out of Vancouver.
#2 Travel tip: Explore Indigenous culture
The Vancouver area is the ancestaral home for many Indigenous cultures. Learn more on a guided tour, such as Talaysay Tours in Stanley Park, or take in the stunning art on a gallery, such as the Bill Reid Gallery.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Train journeys from Vancouver can take you to the Canadian Rockies or across Canada. Rocky Mountaineer’s trains go from Vancouver to Lake Louise, Jasper or Banff. VIA Rail’s The Canadian train runs from Vancouver to Toronto, with stops in Jasper and Winnipeg.
The Rocky Mountaineer runs a train from Vancouver to Banff. This Vancouver scenic train ride only operates between mid-April to mid-October. If you’re looking to travel outside of these months, please ask us and we can advise you how to get from Vancouver to Banff.
Train rides from Vancouver to Banff take two full days. On this Rocky Mountaineer route, passengers stop in Kamloops for one night along the way. The train leaves early in the morning and arrives in Banff in the evening.
The driving distance between Vancouver and Toronto is approximately 4,500 kilometres (2796 miles). Canadian train trips Vancouver to Toronto take four days and four nights.
There are several options for a Vancouver to Toronto train trip. One example is below.
Our Vancouver to Toronto train package includes two train rides. A train journey from Vancouver to Banff and then from Jasper to Toronto. Pricing starts from $6,090 USD per person for an 11-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.
There is no train between Vancouver and Calgary. Anyone travelling to Calgary would get the train to Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise, then drive the rest of the way. Approximate driving distances to Calgary: Banff - 1.5 hours, Lake Louise - 2 hours, Jasper - 5 hours.
About the author: Louise Weiss is Director of Legendary Hospitality with Fresh Tracks Canada. Having worked in the Canadian travel industry for more than 25 years, she enjoys sharing her local expertise with visitors. She is based in North Vancouver and has spent time... Read more
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