I will go to Rivière-du-loup on July 27th. Unfortunately, my plane arrives quite late in Montréal (22.33), so that it is difficult to go on to Rivière-du-loup. I had planned to take the Orléans Express bus service, but I cannot catch the last bus that day (22.30).
Is there another cheap and not too complicated way to get to RdL that night? What about the train or other bus supply?
Or would you suggest staying in Montréal over night, and if so, where? WHat about the Auberge de jeunesse? What would be a good choice, keeping in mind that I do not want to spend much money on getting from the airport to the hostel and the next day to the place of departure for the bus or train!
Already in advance: Thank you very much for your help!!
I think you're out of luck for a later bus. You can check Greyhound Canada, but busses to less-frequented places don't run around the clock. You can try Via Rail too, although keep in mind you have to travel from the airport TO the train station, so you'll need a little extra time and trains out east don't run all day either.
Don't worry about spending more to get to the hostel. You have to travel from the airport into the city centre anyway to catch the train or bus, so it won't cost you anymore transport-wise if you stop overnight at a hostel. The most will be $2.50 for a citybus/Metro ride to the station.
Tina, I thought about PM'ing you this thread when I read it, I knew you will have the right answer for this member. Tina rocks!
Aw, shucks... That's awful nice of you, Anne!
Actually, you pried loose another rusty old bit of information from my brain. Elizabeth, you MAY be able to use Allo Stop to get to Rivière-du-loup. It's a ride-share organization that sets drivers up with passengers going to the same city.
The drawbacks to this are:
a) you have to sign-up and pay $6 for a year's membership (I don't know if you have to do it in person or if you can sign up from where you are)
b) you have to call before 6 p.m. to book a ride (or call in advance?)
c) rides are not always available at the time or to the city you're looking for
a) each ride is between $10 and $15 - cheaper that the bus or train!
b) if you're planning to travel throughout Quebec, your membership is good for a year
c) you're always at least 3 to a car, so it's safe
d) you'll get to talk to some locals!
It's worth a try to check out...
VIA does have a train to RDL, it arrives sometime in the middle of the night from Montreal on its way to Halifax. I do not think you can make it tough on the same day that you arrive.
Since you are arriving at Dorval Airport (Trudeau Airport), you will have to find some transportation to the centre of Montreal anyhow since the train station and bus depot are located downtown. Downtown you will also find an assortment of hostels, motels, hotels and etc.
So my advice, arrive in Montreal, get downtown, stay somewhere and then take a quick and cheap subway ride to the bus or train stations.