How to Reach Orleans Island from Quebec City without a car

Hey there, fellow explorers! If Orleans Island is calling your name, and you’re wondering how to hop from the vibrant streets of Quebec City to this idyllic haven, you’re in for a treat. Let’s dive into the  ways you can reach Orleans Island.

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Why do people visit the Orleans Island?

  1. Scenic Beauty: Île d’Orléans is known for its picturesque landscapes, offering stunning views of the St. Lawrence River, charming villages, and rolling countryside. The island’s natural beauty provides a tranquil escape from the urban hustle.
  2. Culinary Delights: The island is renowned for its agricultural bounty, including fresh produce, artisanal products, and local delicacies such as strawberries, wines, cider, corn, jams, chocolate and more. Visitors often come to savor the island’s culinary offerings, from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to traditional Quebecois dishes. 
  3. Historical and Cultural Heritage: With a rich history dating back to the early 17th century, Île d’Orléans, just like Quebec City is often considered the “Cradle of French Civilization in North America.” Visitors come to explore the island’s historic architecture, churches, and cultural traditions, gaining insights into its fascinating past.
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Is there a ferry to get the Orleans Island?

There are no ferries that connect Quebec City to Orleans Island presently. While there used to be a ferry service ages ago, providing a scenic passage across the St. Lawrence River, it’s no longer in operation. However, the island remains accessible through alternative means, such as the Orleans Island Bridge, making the journey equally enchanting with its panoramic views and convenient access.

sunset at ile dorleans

How to get to the Orleans Island: by shuttle bus

No car? No problem! Our colleagues at Quatre Natures, provides a shuttle service from downtown Quebec City to Île d’Orléans. Multiple stops are available, including Quebec Aventure Tours, where you can rent electric bikes, scooters, regular bikes or join a guided tour of the Island.

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How to get to the Orleans Island: by public transportation

PLUmobile offer a route from and to Island for various stop in Quebec City, including the Old City. Note that  from the Island, this service works with a reservation-only schedule.

How to get to the Orleans Island: by taxi

Numerous taxi services, including Taxi Coop Québec and Taxi Coop Beauport, are available to provide convenient transportation to Orleans Island. For instance, a journey from the Old City, centered around the tourist information center, to destinations like Quebec Aventure Tours typically falls within the range of $40 to $50 CAD. It’s important to note that the island spans 33 km (20 miles), so the fare may vary based on your specific destination .

Did you know: the production of wine and cider at the Orleans Island

The island has become known for its vineyards and cider houses. Visitors can experience the local wine and cider culture by touring the vineyards, participating in tastings, and learning about the winemaking process.

blue grapes in a field at Ile d'Orléans

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