In addition to the directions on Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, here are some more helpful hints that you may not know if you are not from our area.

If you are coming to Québec from outside of Canada, please ensure you have a valid passport, and in some cases a visa, as per the entry criteria from the Canada Border Services Agency. US Citizens need a photo ID and proof of citizenship (i.e. birth certificate) or a permanent resident card. Please visit the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website for further details.

Arriving by Air

The largest airports servicing our area are of course Montreal, New York City, and Toronto. Travel time is based on Google Maps from Québec City airport. Flight frequency is based on the Jean-Lesage International Airport website

Travel Times

  • Chicago O'Hare International (ORD): 3 hours (daily direct flights)
  • Los Angeles (LAX): 7 h 57 (connecting flight in Montreal YUL)
  • Montréal (YUL): 45 minutes (daily direct flights)
  • Ottawa (YOW): 1 h 15 (daily up to 2 direct flights)
  • New York (JFK and Newark): 1 h 45 (daily up to 2 direct flights)
  • Toronto (YYZ): 1 h 40 (daily direct flights)

Other destinations / Connecting flights
Information on airlines and schedules

Directions from the Jean Lesage International Airport

  • From terminal, to end of access road, right on 'Route de l'Aéroport'
  • Route de l'Aéroport on to Freeway 540 south (Boul Duplessis)
  • At the end of 540 south, exit Boul. Laurier
  • Boul. Laurier becomes Grande Allée and then rue St-Louis (inside old city)
  • The Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is at the end of this street on the right-hand side. Indoor Valet Parking is $34 CAD per 24-hour period, including in and out privileges.

Distance from Hotel: 18 km.
Drive time: 30 min.

Arriving By Train - VIA Rail

The Québec VIA rail station is located at 450 rue de la Gare du Palais. Contact VIA Rail for a current schedule. You can also book your tickets by phone at 1-888-842-7245. The Château Frontenac is a 5 minute drive from the Central Bus and Train Station.

Travel Times

  • Montréal: 3 hours 
  • Ottawa: 5 h 30
  • Toronto: 10 hours

Arriving By Car

Highway 20 (autouroute Jean-Lesage) runs along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, and Highway 40 (autoroute Félix-Leclerc) is the north shore access to the city.

If using a GPS, search on 1, rue des Carrières, Québec, Québec, Canada G1R 4P5 or visit

Travel Distances *Source: CAA data

  • Gatineau-Ottawa: 451 km
  • Halifax: 1,069 km
  • Montréal: 253 km
  • New-York City: 840 km
  • Toronto: 766 km

Arriving By bus

The Québec bus station is located at 450 rue de la Gare du Palais, at a 5 minute drive from The Château Frontenac.

For bus transportation in Canada, visit Orleans Express website or book your tickets by phone at 1-888-999-3977. If travelling by bus from the USA, look up the Greyhound website for a travel until Montreal, or call them at 1-800-231-2222.

Travel Times

  • From Montréal Airport (YUL) to Québec City: 3 h 30
  • From New-York to Montreal: Min. 7 h 30 



On foot

Québec City's historical Upper Town and Lower Town districts are easy to explore on foot.


Québec City area taxis can be identified by the sign on their roofs. There are several companies. We suggest that you call one of them and they will send a car. You can also get a cab at one of the various taxi stands in the city.

Public Transit (local buses)

Réseau de transport de la capitale (RTC)
The RTC serves Québec City, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, Wendake, and Ancienne-Lorette. The Côte-de-Beaupré, Île d'Orléans, Jacques-Cartier, and Portneuf areas are not part of RTC territory.

The Parcours 21 route serves the Upper Town and the Old Port area and connects to the ferry terminal.


Limousine rentals


Car rentals can be a practical way to visit areas less than an hour from downtown, such as Île d'Orléans, Côte-de-Beaupré, Jacques-Cartier, and Portneuf regions. Information on vehicle and parking regulations.


Note that motorcycles are not allowed inside the walls of the Old City unless you have a reservation at a hotel inside the walls. Motorcycle rentals


The Québec City area has close to 400 km of bicycle paths and bikewaysBicycle rentals


The ferry links Québec City and Lévis 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It sails on the hour and half-hour during the day and on the half-hour at night.