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Philadelphia to Montreal via Washington, DC

driving   /   2 days   /   no pets   /   no RV

Philadelphia to Montreal road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Philadelphia to Montreal. If you're planning a road trip to Montreal, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Traveling with a dog or cat? Find pet-friendly stops. Camping along the way? Search for RV campgrounds. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

9:00 am  start in Philadelphia
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:25 am  Washington, DC
eat at Mitsitam Cafe
stay for about 4 hours
and leave at 3:25 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:02 pm  Newark (New Jersey)
stay overnight at The Jane Hotel
leave the next day around 9:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 6 hours
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 Day 2

9:00 am  leave from The Jane Hotel
drive for about 2.5 hours

11:21 am  Albany (New York)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:21 pm
drive for about 58 minutes

1:18 pm  Lake George
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:18 pm
drive for about 2 hours

4:27 pm  Burlington (Vermont)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 5:27 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

7:10 pm  arrive in Montreal
eat at La Banquise Resto
stay at Hilton Montreal Bonaventure

day 2 driving ≈ 7 hours
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Where should I stop along the way?

Washington, DC  (179 answers)
    National Mall  (30 mentions)
    National Air and Space Museum  (29 mentions)
    Washington Monument  (25 mentions)
    Museum of Natural History  (23 mentions)
    Lincoln Memorial  (22 mentions)
    National Gallery of Art  (19 mentions)
    restaurants around Washington, DC:
        Mitsitam Cafe
        Founding Farmers
        Rose's Luxury
        Pavilion Café
    questions about Washington, DC:
        Best hotel near museums
        Best free things to do in Washington, DC?
        Fun free things to do in D.C.?
        Getting from Union Station to National Mall?
        How to make the most of three days in DC

Newark (New Jersey)  (21 answers)
    Statue of Liberty  (69 mentions)
    Staten Island Ferry  (21 mentions)
    Ground Zero  (16 mentions)
    Staten Island Ferry  (14 mentions)
    Ellis Island  (11 mentions)
    restaurants around Newark (New Jersey):
        Locanda Verde
        The Dead Rabbit
        Enoteca Maria
        Les Halles
        Bubby's
    hotels around Newark (New Jersey):
        The Jane Hotel
        Greenwich Hotel
        Hyatt Regency Jersey City
    questions about Newark (New Jersey):
        Best transportation from Newark Air Port to Times Swuare
        What are the best things to do, see, experience, and eat in Newark?
        Best free things to do in Newark (New Jersey)?

Albany (New York)  (14 answers)
    questions about Albany (New York):
        Leaving Albany, NY for 6 days, north or south?

Lake George  (3 answers)
    questions about Lake George:
        Any dining "musts"?

Burlington (Vermont)  (13 answers)
    Magic Hat Brewing Co  (2 mentions)
    questions about Burlington (Vermont):
        What's the best neighborhood in Burlington (Vermont) for a first time visitor?
        Interesting Sights & Eats in Burlington, VT?


Where's the best place to stay in Montreal?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Montreal.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out Hilton Montreal Bonaventure, which was mentioned 2 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Hotel Le St. James  (2 mentions)
Hôtel Nelligan  (2 mentions)
Sofitel Montréal  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Montreal? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Montreal?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest La Banquise Resto, which was mentioned 12 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

Schwartz's  (11 mentions)
Marché Atwater  (6 mentions)
Garde Manger  (3 mentions)

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What are some things to do in Montreal?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Vieux-Montreal  (14 mentions)
Mont Royal  (13 mentions)
Jardin Botanique  (10 mentions)
Old Port of Montreal  (10 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Montreal. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Allie from Portland asked:
A foodie in Montreal  (8 answers)

profile  Janine from Seattle asked:
Outdoor activities in Montreal + great restaurants?  (8 answers)

profile  Keith from Denver asked:
Hidden gems of Montreal  (7 answers)

profile  James from Maryland asked:
best photo locations  (6 answers)

profile  Thom from Philadelphia asked:
Montreal Trip with Teenage Son  (6 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Montreal to Philadelphia drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Philadelphia to Montreal. Or get a full Philadelphia to Montreal flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Philadelphia well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Philadelphia!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 729 miles
driving time of 11 hours, 47 minutes
122 Philadelphia travel answers
179 Washington, DC travel answers
21 Newark (New Jersey) travel answers
14 Albany (New York) travel answers
3 Lake George travel answers
13 Burlington (Vermont) travel answers
122 Montreal travel answers





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