Updated October 10, 2019
Quebec City Cruise Terminal Address
Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal
84 Dalhousie Street
Quebec City, QC G1K 4B2
Located near Vieux Quebec, or the Old City, the Port of Quebec is nestled in the heart of Quebec City. Easy access to Quebec's charming cobblestone streets, local shops and Quebecois restaurants make the port a favorite among cruisers embarking here or simply calling for an afternoon. French is widely spoken, which gives a European feel to this North American port. Despite more than 400 years of city history, the terminal has a chic ambiance with both modern and traditional touches. Long, distressed wooden tables and succulent plants in a lounge space give the feeling of a hip, industrial space with lots of light. Temporary exhibits like one on the Huron-Wendat people, a First Nations tribe in the Quebec region, draw from Canada's native roots. Ships will often dock overnight for at least two days to allow passengers to explore the city and the waterfalls, farms and reservations of its outer limits.
Editor's Note: All prices listed are in Canadian dollars.
Directions to Quebec City Cruise Terminal
From the North
Take QC-175 S to Boulevard Charest E in Cite-Limoilou, Ville de Quebec. Follow Charest, which will become Rue Saint-Paul, and then Rue Dalhousie, where the cruise terminal is located.
From the South
Take Route 73 N and follow signs for 73 "nord." (Note that a passport is needed for the border crossing.) Take exit 132 to merge onto Boulevard Champlain/QC-136 E. Follow 136 until it becomes Rue Dalhousie, where the cruise terminal is located.
From the West
Follow Route 40 E to Route Charest in Cite-Limoilou, Ville de Quebec. Take Boulevard Charest O (O for ouest, which means west). Turn slightly left on Boulevard Charest E. The road will turn into Rue Saint-Paul then 136 O (Quai Saint-Andre). Use any lane to turn right onto Rue Dalhousie, where the cruise terminal is located.
Getting to the Cruise Terminal From the Airport
By car, the ride from the airport to the Ross Gaudreault Cruise Terminal is about a half-hour drive. Head south on Rue Principale toward Avenue 6 de l'Aeroport; then a slight right to stay on Rue Principale. Take the third right onto Route de l'Aeroport. Continue onto Autoroute Duplesis/Autoroute 540 S (follow signs for Autoroute 40/Quebec). Merge onto Autoroute 40 E via the ramp to Autoroute 440/Quebec/Centre-ville; continue onto 440 E, then continue onto Boulevard Charest E and drive straight at the intersection of Quai Saint-Andre and Dalhousie. The cruise terminal will be straight ahead.
Taxis are available at the airport, the train station and the cruise ship terminal. The cost of a taxi ride between the terminal and Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport is about $34.50. Taxi Coop Quebec is one of the city's main providers (418-525-5191).
Uber is available in Quebec City. A fare estimate from the airport to the cruise port is about $25 to $33.
Getting There by Public Transportation
There is no one bus that will take you directly from the airport to the cruise terminal. To utilize the RTC public bus system involves walking and transferring multiple buses.
Getting There by Amtrak
The Saint-Lambert station (329 Avenue St-Denis) in Quebec City is served by Amtrak's Adirondack line. While the train is certainly a scenic way to reach the city limits, the station is nearly 3 hours south of the port, in the suburbs of the city.
Rental Car Services in Quebec City Near the Cruise Port
A Hertz car rental facility is located inside of the cruise terminal. Avis, Budget, Enterprise and other major rental agencies are also nearby.
Cruise Terminal Parking
You can book a parking space online using parkindigo.ca. There is a parking facility right at La Promenade on 125 Dalhousie Street, next to the terminal. Rates are $18 per day, so $126 for a weeklong cruise. Visa, Mastercard or cash are accepted.
Porters are available on embark and debark days at the Port of Quebec.
What Time to Arrive/Embarkation
The Port of Quebec recommends arriving at least two hours prior to your cruise's departure, but actual times will depend on the instructions sent by your cruise line.
A few wheelchairs are available at the Port of Quebec, but to guarantee the proper transportation it is always best to arrange mobility assistance through your cruise line.
Where to Eat or Shop Near Quebec Cruise Terminal
Being so close to downtown, eating and shopping streets can be found within a few minutes' walk of the cruise port. Cafe du Monde is a French bistro, with a focus on seafood and views of the Saint Lawrence River, located within the cruise terminal. It's a 20-minute walk to one of the most popular shopping streets in all of Canada, the Quartier Petit Champlain. A seasonal market is scheduled to take place right in front of the cruise terminal. In the summer months, Festibiere, an outdoor beer garden, and even a nightly circus are held, next to the cruise terminal.
There is one men's and women's bathroom facility on the main floor and two more upstairs.
Wi-Fi at the Port
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the cruise terminal.
Where to Store Luggage
Baggage storage is available at the Port of Quebec for disembarking passengers only, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and for $4 per bag.
Where to Sit
Ample seating (folding chairs) is arranged throughout the terminal on embarkation days. During port calls, there is seating in an upstairs lounge area for relaxation and web browsing.
More Tips About the Quebec City Cruise Terminal
The four-level car garage adjacent to the dock (disguised by a wall of wooden beams) doubles as a nifty observation deck. Climb the steps to the top for a small green space, views of the park below, the skyline (including the famed Fairmont Chateau Frontenac) and the best place to take a photo with your ship in the background. Bikes are available for rent in the Place des Canotiers park in front of the terminal, if you have the time to take a ride around the port.