VIA Rail - "The Canadian" from Vancouver to Toronto

VIA Rail is Canada’s classic overnight rail passenger service. Aboard “The Canadian” train, you’ll step into a golden past and relive Canada’s history. A truly nostalgic experience, VIA Rail includes made to order meals in mid-century rail dining cars, glass domed observation cars, and private sleeper cabins to enjoy Canada’s scenery.

Vancouver Departure Time: 15:00 PM

Please arrive at Pacific Central Station for check-in 60-90 minutes prior to departure


Please arrive at the train station 90 minutes to 1 hour prior to your listed departure time. From your downtown Vancouver hotel, taxi service is recommended.  The train departs out of Pacific Central Station which you will find the address to noted below.

Please note that due to the nature of train travel, cabin space is limited therefore full-sized luggage is not permitted in your cabin. Your large suitcases will need to be checked prior to boarding in Vancouver and will be returned to you when you arrive in Toronto. It is recommended that you take the time to rearrange your luggage into a carry-on-sized suitcase and a personal item such as a backpack or purse prior to arriving at the station. Detailed information on luggage allowances is noted below.

When you arrive at the station, please have the VIA Rail Tickets provided with your travel documents on hand in paper form, or on your mobile device. These include a QR code to be scanned at check-in. In the event that your tickets do not show a QR code and you have been provided with an “E-Voucher”, please provide the noted VIA Rail confirmation number and your name at check-in. Valid photo ID is also required at check-in.

Pacific Central Station Vancouver:

1150 Station St, Vancouver, BC V6A 4C7

Luggage Restrictions:

Carry-On Luggage:

1 Personal Item (Per Person)
Max. 11.5 kg (25lb.)
Max. 43 x 15 x 33 cm (17 x 6 x 13 in.)
Equal to a backpack or purse


2 Small Items (Per Cabin)
Max. 11.5 kg (25 lb.) each
Max. 54.5 x 39.5 x 23 cm (21.5 x 15.5 x 9 in.) each
Equal to a standard sized carry-on luggage

OVERWEIGHT ITEM(S): Items over 11.5 kg (25lb.) not permitted as carry-on bag.

ADDITIONAL ITEM(S): Not permitted. Additional bags must be checked.

Checked Luggage:

2 Checked Items
Max. 23 kg (50 lb.) each
Max. 158 linear cm (62 li. in.) each
*Equal to a standard-sized suitcase

In stations where this service is offered, your baggage must be checked at least 45 minutes before departure at terminal stations

For security reasons, baggage is not allowed on board without its owner.

*VIA reserves the right to weigh any and all baggage which may result in applicable allowance fees, as you may be subject to excess charges.

What's Included:

  • Private cabin onboard
  • Meals while onboard – Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Drinks while onboard (alcoholic and non alcoholic) – Prestige Class only

Toronto Arrival Time: 14:30 PM

Please note that while VIA Rail endeavours to operate on time, the realities of increased freight traffic on tracks that we do not own may give rise to significant delays. We suggest that you plan accordingly, such as not arranging anything on the day of your arrival in Toronto.

Upon arrival at Toronto's Union Station, there will be taxis waiting outside of the Front Street main entrance for transportation to your Toronto Hotel. If you are staying at the Fairmont Royal York, your hotel is located directly across the street from the station.