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How Much Does VIA Rail Prestige Class Cost?

After the sharp decline in passenger trains at both Canadian Pacific and CN, VIA Rail, Canada’s national train operator, took over the former flagship Trans-Continental service between Toronto and Vancouver in 1978. Unlike Amtrak, this train continues to run with its original stainless steel cars on its once-daily route across the country – although now only two times per week year round – and offers travel in Economy class in reclining seats, Sleeper Plus class in private sleeping cabins and Prestige class on the modern luxury Manor sleepers.

The cost of prestige class on The Canadian can be quite high, but there are ways to save. For example, a lower berth costs slightly less than a higher one – but only because the beds are set up to face each other in pairs during the day and separated by curtains at night (see the photo below).

Upper berths also don’t come with ensuite toilets which means you have to go down the hall to use the facilities during the trip – but this is the cheapest way to get on board this legendary train. The next step up would be a single “cabin” which is a little smaller than a roomette and has the same seat as lower berths during the day but with an ensuite toilet. These are not very private, however, as they have a large curtain at their head that can be pulled up to cover the window and only open during breakfast and dinner services.

A cabin for two is a bit bigger than this and has modular VIA Rail train leather sofa seats during the day that convert to beds at night. A Prestige cabin is considerably larger and features a double bed, ensuite toilet and a flat screen TV. Both Sleeper Plus and Prestige have private washrooms and showers, as well as a restaurant car for meals which are included in the fare. Soft drinks and wine are available for purchase at an extra cost in Sleeper Plus but are included in Prestige.

Both Sleeper Plus and Prestige Class have limited access to the Park car at the back of the train with its bullet lounge, dome and full-service bar but this is only open to these passengers from 06:00 – 16:00 every day. The Park Car is a very famous part of The Canadian and offers spectacular views out of the windows as it chugs along its route.

The VIA Rail Prestige service offers an elevated travel experience, combining luxury, comfort, and convenience for passengers traversing Canada’s vast landscapes.


With Prestige, passengers are treated to an array of exclusive amenities and personalized services that redefine train travel. From spacious, well-appointed cabins to attentive onboard attendants, every aspect is designed to cater to the discerning traveler.


The Prestige class cabins boast elegance and comfort, featuring large windows that provide breathtaking views of Canada’s scenic beauty. Passengers can relax in their own private quarters, complete with cozy bedding, en suite washrooms with showers, and ample space to unwind during the journey.


Attentive service is a hallmark of the Prestige experience. Dedicated attendants ensure passengers’ needs are met promptly and professionally, whether it’s assistance with luggage, dining preferences, or any other requests.


Passengers traveling in the Prestige class have access to exclusive lounges at select stations, offering a serene environment to relax before boarding or during layovers. These lounges provide complimentary refreshments, Wi-Fi, and comfortable seating areas.The culinary offerings onboard VIA Rail’s Prestige service are a highlight, featuring gourmet meals prepared by skilled chefs. Passengers can savor delectable dishes served in elegant dining cars, complemented by a selection of fine wines and beverages.The Prestige experience extends beyond the train journey itself. Passengers enjoy priority boarding and access to VIA Rail’s Business lounges, enhancing the overall travel experience with seamless transitions and added comfort