Best Things in Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Canada

As a seasoned Amtrak rider, I found Canada’s train system, Via Rail, to be so impressive that I want to come back to try out more classes and routes.

The author on the train (L) and a wide view of the author's seat on the train

The author travels in business class from Toronto to Montreal.

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I’ve spent 85 hours on Amtrak trains going up and down the East Coast, reviewing its various accommodations from business and first class to private rooms in sleeper cars.

So when I traveled to Canada, I was excited to try out Via Rail, which is Canada’s train line that is similar to Amtrak in that it’s one of the most accessible and popular ways to travel through the country. Via Rail has economy seating as well as business class and sleeper accommodations, just like Amtrak.

Even after only two rides, I thought my first experiences on Canada’s Via Rail system were more comfortable than Amtrak equivalents I’ve experienced, thanks to seats I found to be more comfortable, and top-notch service and amenities.

I booked a business class ticket from Toronto to Montreal for about $200 and found that it came with perks that Amtrak only offers to first-class passengers, such as meal service and access to lounges at select stations, including Toronto.

I also booked an economy ticket on Via Rail from Montreal to Québec City for about $150, and thought it felt more spacious and than an Amtrak seat.

Overall, I found train travel to be more comfortable and pleasant in Canada than I typically do in the US. This makes me want to explore more of Canada by train and perhaps try more classes, like the sleeper cars and prestige accommodations.

Insider paid for the train tickets, per our reporting standards.

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