April 16, 2020


MONTRÉAL, April 16, 2020 In light of the evolving situation with regards to COVID-19, effective immediately, VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) extends the suspension of the Ocean (Montréal-Halifax), until further notice.




Québec City-Montréal-Ottawa 

22* and 39* 


39* and 22* 


66* and 63* 

Toronto-Kingston- Ottawa 

53* and 44*

Toronto- London-Windsor 

72* and 75* 

Toronto-London- Sarnia 

87* and 84* 


One round trip per week  

Sudbury-White River 

One round trip per week 


All trains are operating 

The Ocean (Montréal-Halifax) 

Suspended until further notice 

The Canadian (Toronto-Vancouver) 

Suspended until June 1, 2020

Prince Rupert-Prince George-Jasper 

* Some stops have been added on some trains. This information is subject to change without notice. 




VIA Rail recognizes that during this time of uncertainty and interrupted incomes for some, customers may prefer to cancel upcoming trips in order to receive a refund. To facilitate cancellations and refunds, we’ve extended our cancellation policy to include all travel through October 31, 2020, to allow passengers to cancel their upcoming reservations autonomously online at any time prior to departure and receive a full refund in addition to not incurring any service charges, regardless of when the ticket was purchased.     

Alternatively, customers may contact the VIA Customer Centre by email at service@viarail.ca or by phone at 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245), TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired). Due to the current situation related to COVID-19, the VIA Customer Centre is open 9:00 to 17:00, Monday through Friday and it may take some time to speak with an agent due to a reduction in staff. 



VIA Rail is adjusting its operations and deploying a strict protocol of sanitary measures on board its trains, in its stations, maintenance centres and call centres in response to the pandemic and in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Furthermore, we constantly remind our passengers and employees of the importance of following the recommendations of the public health authorities, to stay at home, avoid non-essential travel, practice physical distancing as much as possible, and to rigorously follow good hygiene practices (to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, to cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of their arm and to avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth without first washing their hands).

We continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19 and we remain in close contact with public health authorities and the federal and provincial governments. 

The most recent updates are available on our website.  

About VIA Rail

As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail (viarail.ca) and all its employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation service, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking over 400 communities across Canada, and about 180 more communities through intermodal partnerships, and safely transported over 5 million passengers in 2019. The Corporation has been awarded five Safety Awards and three Environment Awards by the Railway Association of Canada since 2007. Visit the “About VIA Rail” section at https://www.viarail.ca/en/about-via-rail.