Quebec City is located on the banks of the St Lawrence River, and is unique in North America for its perfectly preserved original fortifications, and traditional Francophone culture. This charming city has a distinctly European feel, and its rich history and culture have made it an increasingly popular destination for tourists. The city's Old Town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it celebrated its 400th anniversary in 2008. There are flights to the city from the major cities of Canada, and a large number of cities in the United States. Currently the only airline offering routes from Europe direct to Quebec is Air Transat (from Paris), so your chances of getting a cheap flight from Europe are limited. To improve the possibility of getting a cheap flight to the city, you can search for flights to a nearby North American city and get a subsequent transfer to Quebec.With over 3 miles of the original fortifications and gates to explore, visitors can experience the city's history first-hand and enjoy incredible panoramic views of a region shaped by the British and French regimes. The city also has an incredible neo-Roman style basilica, located at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, which is North America's oldest pilgrimage site. This site attracts over one million visitors each year, and is certainly worth a visit. The famous Place-Royale and Petit-Champlain District is the spot where the city was originally founded by Samuel de Champlain in 1608. In modern times the area has a wealth of beautiful period buildings, exclusive boutiques, fabulous restaurants and trendy galleries.
Following your flight to Quebec you may find that public transportation from the airport to the city centre is limited. Perhaps the best option in this regard is the efficient Réseau du Transport de la Capitale (RTC) public bus Number 78. The bus will cost visitors $3 for a single journey (exact change is required), or $7.25 for a one day pass. If you would prefer to take a taxi to the city once your plane has landed, taxis are available a short walk from the terminal building. There is a flat fee of $34.25 to the heart of the city, while a journey to the outskirts of the city will cost $15.00 (flat rate). All the major car rental firms are located on the main floor of the airport's administrative building.