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Fun way to travel

I took this trip from Halifax to Montreal. Apparently it is usually quieter in this direction and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sydney, Australia
Must like trees!

My wife and I planned a driving tour of Nova Scotia, and so we had taken Amtrak's Adirondack train... read more

Reviewed 6 May 2018
Rockland County, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the misleading name - Ocean Train - and misleading promo lit, through the useless Viarail app (no WiFi in the stations?) and ancient, decrepit sleeping cabin, to the unprofessional dining car staff and grim food offer, this was an utter waste of time and...More

Thank johncarr53
Reviewed 1 week ago

I took this trip from Halifax to Montreal. Apparently it is usually quieter in this direction and out trip was pretty quiet. Often had the lounge and observation car to ourselves. Access to these cars come with the Sleeper tickets. The cabins were adequate. Ours...More

Thank tartan_penguin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We rode the Ocean VIA train from Saint Foy (near Quebec City) to Halifax. Beautiful trip through the woods and farms of eastern Canada. The sleeping car room was nice & larger than Amtrak’s economy bedroom. It had many features not found in Amtrak rooms....More

1  Thank Richard V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Boarded the Ocean Train for 22 hour trip from Montreal Quebec and Halifax Nova Scotia. Booked a superior ticket that included cabin, food and access to viewing Park Car. Cabin small but adequate, bunk beds so that's to consider if an older couple. Food was...More

1  Thank Joseph B
Reviewed 6 May 2018

My wife and I planned a driving tour of Nova Scotia, and so we had taken Amtrak's Adirondack train up from New York to Montreal a couples of days before. This trip was on VIA’s Ocean as far as Moncton the next day, where we...More

Thank Casualhiker22
Reviewed 30 April 2018

The previous reviews diverge into people who loved the Ocean Train and those that hated it. We took the train from Montreal to Halifax in late April and loved it. The favourable reviews have captured the experience well and ours was similar. The train left...More

Thank 2eratics
Reviewed 1 November 2017

We took the Ocean train from Quebec City (St. Foy) to Halifax and had a sleeper. First the rooms are very small, and yes we have had train sleepers before, but these rooms are tiny. We travel light with an airplane carry-on size bag each...More

1  Thank gregg w
Reviewed 25 September 2017

We took this train 2 days ago from Montreal to Halifax. In Montreal, we were able to check our bags at the train station during the day. Since we had a sleeper cabin, we had access to the VIP lounge- wifi and soft drinks but...More

1  Thank Karen C
Reviewed 17 July 2017

We built our trips to Ottawa & Halifax with "The Ocean" as the centerpiece. It did not disappoint! We love overnight train travel. VIA Rail's sleeper service includes access to the 'Park' observation and lounge car and full-service meals in the dining car; for the...More

1  Thank Ted R
Reviewed 19 June 2017

I took the train from Halifax to Montreal in June. Took Sleeper Plus class. Very nice and clean compartment with a bed noticeably larger than those on Amtrak sleepers. Full toilet in the compartment. Plenty of cabinets for storage, etc. Window very clean to watch...More

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25 March 2018|
Response from gregg w | Reviewed this property |
I don't know about the tours but yes you can and we did rent a car. There are several rental locations right downtown.
2 February 2018|
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Response from Smudgecats | Reviewed this property |
My trip was right on time. Checked several other trips, and they were ontime.
9 December 2017|
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Response from Smudgecats | Reviewed this property |
The train does not stop at the airport in Halifax, and it is a very expensive cab ride to downtown. However, there is a city bus from the airport that is very reasonable. It runs about every half hour and stops just a... More