One of the most charming cities in North America, the cobbled streets and winding alleys of Québec City lend it a European ambience. Visitors flock here during both the summer and winter months to attend the many festivals and events, so it can be difficult and costly to book flights and accommodation. In summer, you can bask in warm temperatures of 72 – 77 degrees Fahrenheit, but if you come during winter, pack your parka! The average daily high temperatures range from 17 – 23 degrees Fahrenheit. During spring, moderate temperatures and fewer tourists might offer the opportunity to find cheap flights to Québec City and good-value accommodation, and the same can be said for the fall months. During the fall, you will also enjoy spectacular autumnal displays of color on the deciduous trees.
The month of January is another great option to travel to Québec City, with average flight prices from United States averaging around $276.
The ideal time to book your flight to Québec City is 39 days in advance when prices tend to average $354. However, flight prices might be lower outside of this timeframe. For example, people recently found flights to Québec City from United States for as low as $171 on momondo.
Our data shows that Friday is the least expensive day to fly to Québec City. Tickets to fly out on this day can be as low as $384. The most expensive day to fly to Québec City is Sunday, with ticket prices averaging around $432.
According to our data, the cheapest time of day to fly to Québec City is in the afternoon. momondo users have found flights departing from United States to Québec City in the afternoon for as low as $305. Keep in mind that these prices may fluctuate based on what airline you choose and the time of year you plan to travel. If you have a flexible travel schedule, then try to avoid flying in the evening when prices are $530 on average. Flights to Québec City from United States in the evening are generally more expensive because this time of day is more convenient for travelers’ schedules.
Currently, Canada travel restrictions include travel to Québec City. Canada has restricted the entry of all foreign nationals. Travelers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or people registered under the Indian Act may only enter Canada for essential purposes. Entrance will be denied to people traveling for tourism, sightseeing, recreation, entertainment, social visits or religious functions. Canadian citizens, permanent residents, their immediate family, diplomats, airline crews, and travelers arriving from the United States who are traveling for non-discretionary or non-optional purposes may still enter Canada. Only Toronto Pearson (YYZ), Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL), Calgary International Airport (YYC) and Vancouver International Airport (YVR) are operating international flights. Domestic flights, as well as flights from the United States, some destinations such as Mexico and the Caribbean, and from St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, are currently not affected by this measure. Seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers, temporary foreign workers, international students with valid study permits or approvals for study permits valid from at least March 18, 2020, and permanent resident applicants who received approval before March 18, 2020 who had not yet traveled to Canada, may still enter the country. Other people with special dispensation to enter Canada include French citizens who reside in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, people registered under the Indian Act, visa-exempt refugees and their immediate families, and those with special authorisation from the Canadian government. All travelers on flights to Canada must have a face covering. Travelers who exhibit symptoms will be prohibited from boarding planes that are destined for Canada. If they exhibit symptoms on arrival they will be referred to the Canadian Public Health Agency. Travelers who have been refused boarding in the past 14 days due to medical reasons related to COVID-19 may not enter the country. Travelers must self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival at their final destination in Canada. Travelers who disembarked from a cruise ship with a known COVID-19 outbreak like the ‘Diamond Princess’ will be required to remain in quarantine for 14 days at a location determined by the Chief Public Health Officer. North Macedonian passports which expired on March 18, 2020 or later will be considered valid for entry to Canada through July 31, 2020. Visitors transiting through Canada who are not otherwise exempted (for example, by having a valid Canadian visa or a permanent resident card) must obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization. See the Transport Canada website for more information. If you are planning to travel to Québec City at this time, it is recommended that you stay up to date on current restrictions and follow proper safety measures while in public.
The airport sits about 11 miles east of Québec City and you can easily drive or hail a taxi. Public transport options are limited. Here’s what you need to know to get from the airport into the city.
Take RTC bus 78 from the airport to Terminus Les Saules and transfer to RTC bus 897 or 1, either will take you to Downtown Québec City. The fare is $3.50 CAD and the trip will take about 1 hour and 22 minutes. Unfortunately route 78 from the airport only runs twice per day, making it inefficient for most travelers.
Hail a cab at the airport and you can ride downtown for a flat rate of $34.25 CAD. If you are going to Old Québec City, it will probably be less expensive to use the meter. The trip takes about 20 minutes. Uber service is also available, and may be cheaper.
Many visitors opt to drive themselves, and it is definitely worth checking for deals on car rentals with momondo.
The best way to get around Québec City is on foot. Within the walls of Old Québec, almost all of the attractions are within walking distance. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes as the area is hilly and many of the streets are cobbled. If you get tired, the city’s Métrobus will carry you around the historic area on 4 different routes. Don’t miss taking a ride on the funicular, a steep railway connecting Haute-Ville (Upper Town) and Basse-Ville (Lower Town). If you have rented a car, it may be advisable to park it while in the city, the narrow busy streets can be difficult to navigate, and parking is scarce. Save your car for trips outside the downtown area.
Québec City’s RTC Metrobus offers a break for tired feet and respite from the cold if you visit during the winter. The 4 routes run throughout Old Québec City, stopping near many of the most popular attractions. The fare is $2.90 CAD, or you may purchase a day pass, an unlimited weekend pass, or a 5-day pass. Buses stop every 10 to 15 minutes.
Taxis are plentiful in the city and a good option for Québec City transportation. You can hail one on the street, but you may have better luck if you head to a designated taxi stand. The meter starts at $3.59 CAD, and each extra 0.6 mile costs $1.76 CAD.
Citizens of the United States do not need a visa to enter Canada, but need to show proof of citizenship or identity, both of which can be done by showing your passport. For foreign nationals, please check the Government of Canada website.
This hilltop city sits on a rocky spur alongside the St. Lawrence river. Old Québec City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the only fortified city north of Mexico. Here are some sights to see when you travel to Québec City.
If you visit during the winter, be prepared! The temperatures can plummet to -40 degrees Fahrenheit, and if you aren’t dressed properly for it, frostbite is a real danger.
The Québecois speak French and are fiercely proud of their language. Almost all are willing and able to converse with you in English, but any effort on your part to use even a smattering of French will be warmly welcomed.