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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: With the ever increasing gas prices really getting out of control, Iíve decided to switch my plans from driving to Quebec City and would like to know what the alternatives are.

A: If youíve got the time, a rail trip is a gorgeous way to arrive to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Now with fall in the air, the leaves will be transforming, making the trip worthwhile for the scenery alone. VIA Rail Canada offers daily departures from Toronto to Quebec City and has plenty of packages from which to choose.

Visit www.viarail.ca for more details. For flights, since the demise of the economy airline JetsGo which used to fly into Quebec City, the only other airline getting into Quebec City from Toronto is Air Canada where prices for this roundtrip could cost you around $532.

Traveling by bus is another option. Bus companies like Greyhound report that you can save money if you plan ahead and reserve tickets at least seven days in advance of travel time, avoid holiday travel, book roundtrip tickets and fares are often priced lower for Monday through Thursday travel. However, Greyhound doesnít drive directly into Quebec City. Youíll have to transfer once in Montreal onto an Orleans Express Bus. A roundtrip bus to Montreal can be as low as $80.68 and roundtrip bus from Montreal to Quebec City is $62 excluding taxes.

For further schedule and fare information, you can visit www.greyhound.ca or call them at 1-800-661-8747. Then thereís train travel. There are rail discounts you can explore that are being offered by a variety of travel agencies.

I recently saw a rail roundtrip to Quebec City advertised for $206 including taxes from Flight Centre. You can contact them directly at 1.877.478.8747 or go online at www.flightcentre.ca for more details.


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