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Montreal and Prince Edward Island

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Montreal and Prince Edward Island

We are in the first stages of planning an 8-day trip to eastern Canada, starting in Seattle. Would it be realistic to hope to take in both Montreal and Prince Edward Island? I assume we'd rent a car. And how about going on from Prince Edward Island to New York (probably flying). We do have some budget considerations. Thank you.

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1. Re: Montreal and Prince Edward Island

It's certainly *possible* to visit both Montreal and PEI in one trip, but it is about a 13 hour drive (driving time only, not including stops) between them, and renting a car in one and dropping it at the other will likely incur a one-way "drop" charge.

Several airlines, including Delta offer flights in and out or Charlottetown airport (code = YYG).

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2. Re: Montreal and Prince Edward Island

And there is the problem of dropping the car over there as it must be repatriated in Montreal, so that means HUGE drop off fees.

Flying is a solution but there is also the train that could be nice in a roomette, you can check on Via Rail website. Just make sure that your schedule will fit with the departures from Montreal as there is no daily service, just on alternate days.

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Hi CaricoaSeattle

Welcome to the PRINCE EDWARD TRAVEL FORUM.

Ok, let me get this right… 8 Days to do both Montreal and Prince Edward Island… and then move onto New York City.

Generally speaking we tell Travellers on the CANADA TRAVEL FORUMS to allow a MINIMUM of 2 Days for Montreal… and as already outlined by my esteemed colleague KRP329 you`d be looking at aprox 1150 Kms (715 Miles) and about 13-1/4 Hours Driving Time* (and really not much difference in regards to time or distance, whether you take the All-Canada Route… up to Quebec City and down thru New Brunswick or cut thru Maine in the USA).

*NOTE – Driving time is just that… time spent driving. It doesn`t account for Stops, Breaks or Sightseeing, nor for Delays caused by things like Border Crossings, Ferry Waits, Traffic Congestion, Road Construction or Weather Conditions. Estimates are as per GOOGLE MAPS using the shortest most direct route (unless otherwise noted) and driving under “ideal conditions” at the posted speed limit.

So, generally speaking 2 Full Days of Driving to reach PEI from Montreal… and then comes the probability of sightseeing enroute… as 1100+ Kms (about 700 Miles) does naturally offer quite a bit to see… be that Historic Old Quebec City (the Birthplace of North America… and Cradle of French Culture… suggested MINIMUM is 3 Days)… OR Sightseeing as you drive thru Maine & New Brunswick along the gorgeous Fundy Coast (easily turning that 2 Day Drive via the USA into 4 Days).

As you can see, it is quite easy to “burn off” 5 or 6 Days… generally speaking here on the CANADA FORUMS we tell Travellers to plan on 2 to 3 Weeks to truly discover and explore any Geographic Region (Quebec would be one… The Maritimes another… with a trip that overlaps multiple regions… most Travellers finding they need aprox 1 Week for each of the Provinces they pass thru).

As the others have said, suggest that you either look at adding on more time… cutting back your expectations… or using other means of transportation to get from Montreal to PEI (plane would be quickest… both Air Canada and WestJet fly to Charlottetown).

Honestly, if all you have is a week… then I`d look at trying to figure out are your interests… Quebec (Montreal, Quebec City and maybe the Lower St Lawrence ~ Charlevoix, Tadoussac & Saguenay Fjord) OR Prince Edward Island.

You can find out more about both Provinces here on TA in the QUEBEC or PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND TRAVEL FORUMS… and also on their respective Provincial Tourism Websites…

Quebec (La-Belle-Province) Tourism = www.bonjourquebec.com

Prince Edward Island Tourism (the Gentle Island) = www.gentleisland.com

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

PS… As the others have said, doing a Car Rental ACROSS International Borders is Very Expensive (Between Provinces… Expensive Enough)… Oftentimes the Drop Fees are MUCH GREATER than the entire rest of the Rental… as the car must some how make its way back to the point of origin… even if that means being towed. On top of all that… is the distance… Charlottetown to NYCity is aprox 1378 Kms (856 Miles) and about 14-1/2 Hours of Driving Time*. So again, no small feat !! Probably best to fly.

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4. Re: Montreal and Prince Edward Island

As it's a long drive from Charlottetown to Montreal by car, I would suggest you consider spending 4 nights on PEI and then fly from Charlottetown to Montreal for another 4 nights before flying to NYC: 2 h and a range of $188-263 pp. Regarding VIA Rail, the train would leave at noon on one day and arrive at 9 am the next morning, a sleeper but no included meals, for $400 pp, non refundable. It does look as though it leaves daily, when checking a 7 day period in June. If flying, you would save the rental car money to apply to the airfare.

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5. Re: Montreal and Prince Edward Island

Thanks to all of you who have volunteered such helpful information. I certainly showed my lack of preliminary research! We will revise our plans to do Montreal or PIE justice!

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As I wrote I wouldn't mind the train but had not checked the price. Also I would still consider the original plan doeable but yes, you will much better off if you decide to visit either the Province of Québec or the Maritimes and not both.

Then it will be a choice between very nice countryside and quaint charm (the Maritimes/Halifax) or a more urban feel, really great historical town and then some dramatic scenery (Québec). But you must be aware that there is actually almost nothing to see between Montreal and Québec City, totally boring 3 hour drive. It is only after Québec City that the really beautiful area starts in the Chaelevoix. Even more dramatic would be to visit the Gaspé Peninsula that could be done in 5 days but would be a lot of driving and will be too much to do Charlevois, it will be one or the other. Added benefit is that you will probably be able to rent a car in one city and leave the car in the other (Mtl and Qc) if you choose to fly into one and leave in the other. Check the official Ministry of Tourism website: bonjourquebec.com

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7. Re: Montreal and Prince Edward Island

Just want to bring to your attention the fact that there are NO trains on PEI. Transportation with VIA train is to Moncton, NB and then a 2 + hour bus ride to PEI.

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