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Transportation in Canada - Getting Around on Local & Public Transport

Getting from A to B quickly and easily

If you live in one of Canada’s bigger cities, you might prefer to walk, cycle or catch public transport rather than worry about potentially more expensive (and less convenient) private travel options.

Buses are available for local travel as well as longer distances, with frequent services running between major cities. Trains are modern, quiet and efficient, and offer convenient routes between popular destinations like Montréal and Halifax, or for travel from Montréal and Toronto to Vancouver.

Most public transport options offer discounted travel if you’re a student, but you may need a specific student card.

If you choose to drive or cycle in Canada, you’ll need to understand the rules and meet any requirements before hitting the road. For example, if you are staying in Canada for less than three months and have a valid driver’s licence from your home country, you generally don’t need to get an international licence as well. To learn more about the road rules and licence requirements, visit the Government of Canada website.

If you want to travel further, you can fly out of one of Canada’s 13 international airports, or choose from a number of different domestic airports across the country.

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Money and living expenses

You want to enjoy a healthy and happy study life in Canada. Knowing how much you need for living expenses is a great starting point, but keep in mind the cost of living may be higher or lower depending on where you live.

Shops and restaurants

You have plenty of options for where to shop and eat in Canada, but opening hours can be totally different depending on where you live (or visit). Some provinces and territories even allow shops to open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, so you’ll never be caught short!

Places to visit

If you like to explore new places then you’ll love Canada; it has countless interesting, exciting and beautiful destinations to spend your study breaks.

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