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Hi guys, we are planning to go to Quebec City this summer, any tips? Such as where to stay, visit and transit info etc. Thanks in advance. :)
 

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First tip is rent a car or plan for a $40 cab ride each way to and from the airport, because there is no transit link between the airport and the city. You would have to walk a mile down a highway to get the nearest bus station. Transit options are somewhat nonexistent.

Prices for hotels and B&Bs just outside of the walls of Vieux Quebec are as much money as inside the walls, when I was looking last summer. One interesting idea is to stay in Levis and take the ferry over at night, then take the ferry back in the day. I might look into that myself!

St-Jean and St-Roch seem to be two neighborhoods with nice nightlife and restaurants, and a place to meet everyday Quebecois (?).

You can see all of Upper Town and Lower Town in one day, like I did, but then you'll be rushed. Spread it out over two days.

One place I'd like to explore is Ile de Orleans, but a car is needed for that.
 

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First tip is rent a car or plan for a $40 cab ride each way to and from the airport, because there is no transit link between the airport and the city. You would have to walk a mile down a highway to get the nearest bus station. Transit options are somewhat nonexistent.

Prices for hotels and B&Bs just outside of the walls of Vieux Quebec are as much money as inside the walls, when I was looking last summer. One interesting idea is to stay in Levis and take the ferry over at night, then take the ferry back in the day. I might look into that myself!

St-Jean and St-Roch seem to be two neighborhoods with nice nightlife and restaurants, and a place to meet everyday Quebecois (?).

You can see all of Upper Town and Lower Town in one day, like I did, but then you'll be rushed. Spread it out over two days.

One place I'd like to explore is Ile de Orleans, but a car is needed for that.

We will have 10 days to spend in the city if we have to, although we are thinking spending a few days in Montreal. Is 5 days enough to see everything in Quebec City?
 

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We will have 10 days to spend in the city if we have to, although we are thinking spending a few days in Montreal. Is 5 days enough to see everything in Quebec City?
I did the big things in Quebec City in just over 24 hours, flying in on a late Monday morning, and flying out mid-afternoon on Tuesday. In that time, I did:

~ Walked around Upper Town and walls
~ Guided tour of the Quebec legislature
~ Walked around the Plains of Abraham
~ Walked around Lower Town
~ Walked around Vieux Port a little bit
~ Took the ferry to Levis for a skyline view, although that was rushed
~ Tried a bar at night in St-Jean
~ Checked out the little convent museum in my hotel in Upper Town

That was all at a fast pace, but it was doable and enjoyable.

Here are some notable things in or very near Quebec City I would like to do if I get a chance to go back:

~ Tour the fort by the Plains of Abraham
~ Check out Parliament Hill or another neighborhood
~ See Levis and spend more time taking in the view from across the river
~ Explore Ile de Orleans

You may be interested in visiting one of the nearby national parks. One of them has Montmorency Falls, I think. The Quebec Region is always talking about the national parks nearby, if they aren't covering Vieux Quebec, on Instagram.

So yes, you can do everything mentioned above in 5 days.
 

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We will have 10 days to spend in the city if we have to, although we are thinking spending a few days in Montreal. Is 5 days enough to see everything in Quebec City?
I must have gone to Quebec City a hundred times in my life, and I never get tired of it. 5 days will give you a very good overview, but you will not run out of things to do or see.
 

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First tip is rent a car or plan for a $40 cab ride each way to and from the airport, because there is no transit link between the airport and the city. You would have to walk a mile down a highway to get the nearest bus station. Transit options are somewhat nonexistent.
However, within the city, transit is quite good. The Metrobus lines will take you to all major neighbourhoods and attractions (except maybe the Aquarium, but a "regular" bus goes there). Here's the English version of the Quebec City transit agency (RTC) site : RTC.

As for the airport situation, there will (finally) be a bus that will connect the airport to the city centre, but it will only start in 2019, so maybe too late for you unfortunately.
 
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