How to book? (sign in required)

*Updates planned to the Via Rail website - the system will be unavailable Nov 17 - 18 2023

  • Applicable to faculty, students and visitors 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) can be paid by FOAPAL form through Direct Travel
  • 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
  • You can book and pay with a personal credit card directly on VIA Rail’s website
  • Travel often to the same city, consider purchasing a BizPak
  • Attention students: to benefit from McGill VIA discount you must be travelling for University sponsored/paid trip. A McGill student ID card is not a valid or acceptable ID for VIA Rail discount purposes.

Registration Form for Faculty/Staff Traveling on University Business

All University business travel must be registered through this form to ensure coverage for any unforeseen medical emergencies while traveling outside your province of residence.

You must log in with your McGill credentials (email and password) to access this form.

Note that some travel destinations must be pre-approved. More information about Business Travel coverage is available here.

For personal/vacation travel, please consult this page here.

For additional information, please consult the Benefit Travel Webpage or contact [at]


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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