Getting to Île d’Orléans

Île d’Orléans is only 15 kilometres (9 miles) from the provincial capital, Quebec City. As the city is also a major hub, there are many means of transportation available to out-of-town visitors (car, motorcoach, plane or train). See below for more information on how to get to the island.

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Distances de
l’Île d’Orléans
269 km 442 km 812 km 657 km 848 km

By car

  • From Highway 138 West: Take Exit 325 towards Île d’Orléans. Turn left on Boulevard Sainte-Anne/QC-138 E (sign reads QC-368/Île d’Orléans/Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré). Continue along the QC-368.
  • From Highway 40 East: Take Exit 325 to get to the QC-368 (Bridge to Île d’Orléans), heading towards Île d’Orléans.
  • From Highway 175/73 South: Take Exit 148 to get to Highway 40-E heading towards Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Keep driving until you get to the Dufferin Montmorency Highway N/Highway 40-E/Highway 440-E. Take Exit 325 to get to the QC-368 (Bridge to Île d’Orléans), heading towards Île d’Orléans.
  • From Highway 20 East: Take Exit 312-N to get to Highway 73-N, heading for Quebec City/Pierre-Laporte Bridge. Take Exit 142-E to get to Highway 40-E/Highway 73-N, heading towards Saguenay/Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Follow Highway 40-E until you get to the Dufferin Montmorency Highway N/Highway 40-E/Highway 440-E. Take Exit 325 to get to the QC-368 (Bridge to Île d’Orléans), heading towards Île d’Orléans.
  • From Highway 20 West: Take Exit 314 to get to Highway 73-N heading towards Quebec City. Take Exit 142-E to get to Highway 40-E/Highway 73-N, heading towards Saguenay/Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré. Follow Highway 40-E until you get to the Dufferin Montmorency Highway N/Highway 40-E/Highway 440-E. Take Exit 325 to get to the QC-368 (Bridge to Île d’Orléans), heading towards Île d’Orléans.
  • Take a taxi from downtown Quebec City or the surrounding area.
  • Rent a car.

By motorcoach

  • Orléans Express operates inter-city motorcoaches between most of the major cities across the region and province. Get off at the Gare du Palais train/inter-city bus terminal downtown. You can then take public transportation or a taxi to Île d’Orléans.
  • Public transportation in Quebec City is run by the RTC (Réseau de transport en commun de Québec). Public transportation in the Beaupré Coast and on Île d’Orléans is run by Plu Mobile. Go to Espacebus.ca for bus fares and schedules.

By plane

  • The region’s main airport is Jean Lesage International Airport. You can take a taxi or rental car from the airport to Île d’Orléans.

By train

  • The Canadian train passenger carrier is called VIA Rail. Disembark at the Gare du Palais train/inter-city bus station downtown. You can then take public transportation or a taxi to the island.

The historical borough of Île d'Orléans celebrates Québec's rural tradition with its gorgeous scenery stretching along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, only a few minutes from Québec City. Visitors are encouraged to experience the rich and vibrant culture of this island jewel, which is the birthplace of New France. Inhabited since time immemorial, Île d'Orléans has a diverse offer of first-rate attractions.