The best way to take in Old Québec’s atmosphere, quaint streets, and hidden treasures is on foot.
The city centre occupies a rocky promontory that overlooks the river. This means Old Québec is divided into Upper Town and Lower Town, which are connected by a flurry of stairs and steep streets. For walking comfort, it’s best to do all your sightseeing in one area before heading to the next:
Lower Town: Petit-Champlain, Place Royale, Old Port, Musée de la civilisation, boat excursions, etc.
Upper Town: Château Frontenac, historic streets within the fortifications, the Citadelle, Parliament building, Plains of Abraham, etc.
One easy way of getting from Lower Town to Upper Town is to take the funicular from Rue du Petit-Champlain.
Ascenseur du Faubourg—a free elevator— also connects the Saint-Roch neighbourhood to the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood.
Public transit, shuttles, and tour buses are some of the many options for visiting the main attractions of Québec City car-free and enjoying the magic of winter. See our tips on visiting Québec City car-free.
Planning on taking your car into town? Here’s information on parking in Old Québec, plus winter driving tips and a few traffic rules you should know.
Here are the companies offering rental car service in the Québec City area:
The local bus network, Réseau de transport de la capitale (RTC), is an easy way to travel to most tourist attractions (see map).
Taxis in Québec City 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 or ask your hotel concierge.
Jean-Lesage International Airport is located around 15 km from Québec City’s downtown area. It is easy to get to by public transit and taxi.
All trains serve the two stations in Québec City. It’s a matter of choosing which station best suits your travel needs:
All intercity buses serve Québec City’s two bus terminals. Like with the train stations, it’s a matter of choosing which terminal best suits your travel needs:
The Québec City area has close to 400 km of bicycle paths and bikeways.
Bicycle rentals near downtown:
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 every hour at night.
Note that motorcycles are not allowed inside the walls of the Old City unless you have a reservation at a hotel inside the walls.
Scooter rental :
To go from point A to point B along or across the St. Lawrence River, take the taxi boat (zodiac type). Reservation necessary.