Travel Information – Getting to the conference

A strategic location

Québec City is easy to reach by plane, car or train. It is about an hour-and-a-half by plane from New York, Detroit or Toronto. From Montréal, it is less than three hours by car or 50 minutes by plane.

By plane

The Jean-Lesage International Airport is 16 km from the city centre. It is used by more than 700,000 passengers every year travelling to and from North American, South American and European destinations.

Travel is convenient, with direct flights from Paris, Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, and all major U.S. east-coast cities: Boston, Detroit, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.

There are many flights from U.S. cities and from all major Canadian cities, as well as numerous departures every week from many countries with only one connection.

Airport transfers

The Jean-Lesage International Airport is 16 km (10 miles) from the centre of the city. Taxi fare from the airport to the city centre is a flat fee of C$34.25. All downtown hotels are close to each other, finding an ISMAR colleague on your flight to share the ride is a good idea! Major credit cards are accepted.


Air Canada (
Reservations: 1 888 247 2262
Information: 1 888 422 7533

Porter Airlines (
Reservations: 1 888 619 8622

United Airlines (
Reservations: +1 800 538 2929 (International)/1 800 864 8331 (Domestic)

WestJet (
Reservations: 1 888 937 8538 (1 888 WESTJET)

US Airways (
Reservations: 1 888 240 4770

American Airlines (
Reservations: 1 800 433 7300

Delta (
Reservations: +1 800 241 4141 (International)/1 800 221 1212 (Domestic)

Air Transat (
Reservations: 1 866 255 4871

By train

Two train stations serve Québec City and the surrounding area. Via Rail Canada offers daily service between Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City. There are up to five daily connections between Montréal and Québec City.

By bus

Québec City has two inter-city bus terminals. The Orléans Express Network serves many cities and there are several connections between Montréal and Québec City.

By car

Highway 20 (autoroute 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. For delegates from northeastern U.S., or eastern and central Canada, car travel is a viable option. The province’s 4,500-km highway network is among the most developed in Canada and links Québec City to the rest of Canada and the United States.

Miles Kilometers
Atlanta 1,401 2,241
Boston 381 610
Chicago 1,016 1,625
Detroit 728 1,164
New York 524 839
Philadelphia 617 987
Washington D.C. 749 1,199


Mobile App: You may want to download the app “Taxi Coop Québec”
Taxi Coop Québec
Tel.: 418 525 5191

Taxi Coop Sainte-Foy – Sillery
Tel.: 418 653 7777

Audet Photo Stephane Audet
Family on Cul-de-sac Street