You can also travel by bicycle. Information on the city’s bike paths can be found at:
Important note: In winter, cycling may be unsafe due to snow and ice.
The Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) offers a “bike-sharing” service called àVélo, which is made up of 100% electrically-assisted bicycles, an alternative for short-distance trips. The 2023 season will begin on May 1, 2023.
Pavillon Alphonse-Desjardins, Room 1300
If your driver’s licence is valid and authorizes you to drive a car or motorcycle in Québec, you can do so during your studies without holding a Québec driver’s licence. However, you must meet the criteria specified on your licence. If your driver’s licence is not in French or English, you are strongly advised to get an international driver’s licence. You can apply for it in the country where you obtained your driver’s licence. You should always keep your driver’s licence with your international driver’s licence.
If you do not have a driver’s licence and wish to get one, contact the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ).
Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (SAAQ) is the government agency responsible for vehicle registration, driver’s licences, driving tests, the rules of the road, and road accidents.
Interested in taking advantage of your stay at Université Laval to explore other areas of Canada or the United States? See below for the main bus lines serving Québec, Ontario, and the northern United States.
Orléans Express Groupe Keolis: Montréal, Trois-Rivières, Rivière du Loup, Rimouski, Gaspésie and Ottawa
Intercar: Chicoutimi, Alma, Tadoussac, Baie-Comeau and Sept-Îles
La Québécoise: Sherbrooke
Autocars Thedford: Thedford Mines
Autobus Breton: Lac-Mégantic and Saint-Georges
You will find here a map of the buses route in the province of Quebec
To go to a destination outside the province of Quebec, except for the destination in the Maritime Provinces, you will need to take a bus at the Gare central de Montréal. From there, Trailways, Mega Bus and Greyhound will take you to Toronto, New-York and further.
Orléans Express also offers on Friday and Sunday a low cost shuttle service to Montreal for Université Laval’s students. Departures and returns on campus at the Alphonse-Desjardins building.
Gare d’autocars de Sainte-Foy
3001, chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois
Terminus d’autobus de Québec (Gare du Palais)
320, rue Abraham-Martin
If you are a full-time student or a visiting student, you may be eligible for the Laissez-passer universitaire – LPU.
Québec City has a public bus system, Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC). Depending on how much and when you use the system, you have several options:
- You can pay cash in all buses, but in exact change only ($3.75) because drivers do not make change.
- You can buy tickets ($3.25 each) on an OPUS or Occasional smart card.
- If you regularly ride the bus, you may want to buy a pass.
- You can now charge tickets on your smartphone with the RTC Nomade paiement.
If you are not eligible for the LPU, which pass is right for you?
|General monthly pass
|Unlimited number of trips from the first day to the last day of the month
|Unlimited trips for one day
|Unlimited weekend pass
|Unlimited trips for one weekend
|Unlimited trips for 5 days
|If you are not eligible for the Laissez-passer universitaire-LPU, the Abonne BUS service gives you an additional 10% off your monthly subscriptions. www.rtcquebec.ca.
The Chez Alphonse convenience store in the Maurice-Pollack building sells bus tickets and monthly passes.
To find out which bus routes run through your area, check on Google Map, or download RTC application on your phone or tablet!
Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC)
Société de transport de Lévis (STL)
Important note: RTC buses serve the north shore (Québec City). To get to the south shore (City of Lévis) by bus, you need to use Société de transport de Lévis (STL) buses and tickets.
Ridesharing can be a great way to get around!
There are 3 ridesharing organizations:
Taxi Coop Sainte-Foy: 418-653-7777
Taxi Laurier: 418-651-2727
Taxi Coop Québec: 418-525-5191
Via Rail Canada