When planning a trip to the country of Canada, you should hash out your transportation at least several days before your journey. Most vacationers will either rent a car or just wing it, and they usually end up regretting their decision. Come to Canada prepared by having your transportation all planned out ahead of time and then you can focus on having fun instead of worrying about how you are going to get to all the amazing destinations in this country. Here is a quick overview of all the modes of transportation available to tourists visiting Canada:
Canada has a super rail network consisting of many different routes that run in all directions across the country. This system moves 75 million people a year. In fact, it's the 5th largest railway in the entire world. There are 7 major routes on Canada's train network, and passengers can get off and on at any station on the routes. Passengers also have the ability to switch trains whenever needed to reach their destination. Canadian trains are extremely safe and surprisingly comfortable. There are many options available, from a cushy seat on a passenger train to a private room on a train that goes long distances. If you are looking to save the most money on train tickets during your stay in Canada, then buy your tickets in advance.
Since Canada is a huge country, many tourists take to the air to move from one destination to another. All major cities in Canada have airports with planes that fly in and out regularly to bring passengers to all the major site-seeing venues. In order to travel by airplane in Canada you'll need a foreign passport or a photo ID issued by the federal, provincial, or territorial government in Canada.
The bus is the most common form of public transportation in Canada, and it's one of the cheapest. In many cases, it's the only way to get to smaller Canadian towns without a car. Keep in mind that if you do travel around Canada in a bus, the ride can be long because the country is so large. You can count on your bus having air conditioning, heat, and a washroom on board. You can buy a bus ticket at a transit station, convenience store, or from the bus driver if you have the exact amount and don't need change back.
You can find at least 1 taxi service in every Canadian city or town. There are meters in every taxi, which use set rates to calculate the cost of your journey. The number showing on the meter when you reach your destination is the price you have to pay. These rates are fixed and can't be negotiated. It's also customary to give the taxi driver a tip, especially if the driver has helped you with a lot of baggage. If you hire a taxi when visiting Canada, make sure you verify that the driver is licensed by the city by checking out the official identification card on the dashboard. If you don't see one, then you should get out and wait for the next available licensed taxi. Contact a local cab company, like Dial-A-Cab, for more information.
If you are visiting a coastal area of Canada, like British Columbia, then you may need to utilize a ferry for traveling. Most ferries transport both passengers and vehicles, but they can get expensive.
You can spend the money on a rental car if you feel that your travel needs won't fit into the schedule of other forms of transportation in Canada. While renting a vehicle for the duration of your trip can be costly, at least you know you have access to Canada's large network of highways and roadways that make it very easy to get from place to place.
As you can see, you have a lot of great transportation options when visiting Canada. To learn more, contact the local taxi service in the area you will be visiting. They will be happy to help you.