Why Québec?
Transportation Infrastructure

Québec is a gateway to the Americas, providing easy access to some 500 million consumers. Its transportation infrastructure is modern and efficient, allowing goods to be shipped by road, rail, sea or air, or by a combination of these methods.

Québec: A champion of intermodal transport

Photo of the transportation infrastructure at the Montréal port


There’s a long history of ingenuity and resourcefulness behind Québec’s intermodal transport system! Exploring the province’s enormous, 1.2-million-km2 landmass demanded considerable versatility and flexibility as the pioneers learned to adapt to the different seasons and varied terrain. Armed with that experience, Québec put in place a fully developed transportation system. Today, businesses have no trouble moving their goods through a combination of air, rail, road and maritime transportation.

Photo of a jet taking off near the Montréal-Trudeau Airport control towerWith three international airports, 82 regional airports and 45 carriers serving some 140 domestic and international destinations every week. Québec compares admirably to other urban regions!


Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau (PET) International Airport
Located just 15 minutes from downtown Montréal, Montréal–PET Airport was used by 18.1 million passengers in 2017. Since 2000, $1.6 billion has been invested to modernize or replace the airport’s facilities and bring them up to the highest international standards.


Montréal-Mirabel International Airport
Mirabel specializes in cargo flights. Operating 24 hours a day, the airport provides carriers with very flexible schedules and efficient and modern facilities at competitive prices. Landing charges average 75% to 85% less than in New York, Boston or Toronto.


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Photo of cargo ships at the Port of MontréalThe Port of Montréal Open a new windowis one of the world’s busiest inland ports! It’s also the biggest container port in all of eastern Canada. Located on the St.Lawrence River, one of the world’s major navigable waterways, it provides the most direct intermodal link between North America’s industrial heartland and markets in Northern Europe and around the Mediterranean.


  • Commanding state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, the Port of Montréal operates non-stop all year long. The road and rail system provides quick access to top markets across central and eastern North America, including states in the Midwestern U.S.
  • The Port of Montréal is one of the safest ports in the world.
  • The Montréal Port Authority Open a new windowis investing in infrastructure so that it can provide optimal service and increase its capacity to handle containerized cargo.

Québec’s rail system is well integrated into the greater North American rail network, making the train another ideal option for moving goods


Photo of railway tracks near an industrial building

  • Every day, container trains head to Toronto, Vancouver, Detroit, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia thanks to a network of 36 specialized intermodal terminals.
  • Canadian National Open a new window(CN) is Canada’s largest rail carrier, with a network extending over 32,000 kilometres (19,200 miles) from sea to sea. CN’s activities are managed from its head office in Montréal.
  • Canadian Pacific Open a new window(CP) operates over a 23,000 kilometres (13,800-miles) network that serves every major city in Canada, as well as the U.S. Northeast and Midwest. It provides access to markets in every corner of North America via the Port of Montreal.
  • The Port of Montréal railway system Open a new window extends over 12 kilometres (7.5 miles) and includes nearly 100 kilometres (62 miles) of tracks along the city’s docks and terminals.
  • CSX Open a new window: CSX Intermodal, affiliated with CSX Transportation, one of the largest rail companies in the United States, has just built a new terminal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, just west of Montréal. The terminal’s strategic location allows for greater connectivity, capacity and efficiencies for all cross-border intermodal freight movements to destinations across North America. Greater Montréal now boasts a new freight carrier and new links to Cincinnati, Nashville, Atlanta, Birmingham, Baltimore, Chicago and Cleveland.
  • North America’s deregulated system ensures highly competitive trucking rates and efficient cross-border traffic.
  • The Canada-U.S. border is just a 45-minute drive from Montréal.
  • Toronto and Boston are less than a six-hour drive from Montréal, while New York is only seven hours away.
  • Québec-U.S. border crossings provide direct access to New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.



Contact your expert

Jean-François Brochu

Director, Business Intelligence, Montréal

514 873-7297