VIA Rail


  • Applicable to faculty, staff and students traveling for University related activities being funded through the University
  • Applicable for faculty and staff personal leisure trips, including up to three additional persons traveling together with the McGill person
  • The discount is applicable on all fare types - exception Escape Fares
  • Via FOAPAL form: Rail tickets (worldwide) will be paid by the Travel Desk upon receipt of the invoice and FOAPAL form sent to them by Direct Travel - once the rail ticket has been issued – no intervention is required on the part of the Traveler
  • Payment with a personal credit card is possible for academic or research related travel.
  • Downtown to downtown station locations
  • Free wifi onboard, power outlet at seat
  • 18 departures between Toronto and Ottawa
  • Travel often to the same city, consider purchasing a BizPak

How do I book?

To access restricted content in this section of the website, please click here and enter your McGill Username and Password. Then another tab will appear on the left hand side menu under "VIA Rail - How to book". On this page you will see the link to VIA Rail's McGill landing page.

University Travel Registration Form for Faculty and Staff

It is imperative that you register your travel information using the on-line University Travel Registration form for Faculty and Staff. If you are not already logged in, you will be required to log-in for access.


Important notice for international travelers

The Government of Canada provides essential information on travel health risks and preventive measures to keep you safe during your travels. It is important to review the Travel website of Canada each time before you book your travels. Under Travel Health Notices the Public Health Agency of Canada outline potential health risks to Canadian travelers and recommend ways to help reduce them.


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