Getting there & away
Orléans Express buses leave from the bus station (418-723-4923; 90 Rue Léonidas) to Québec City ($48, four hours, five daily), Rivière du Loup ($27, 1½ hours, six daily) and Gaspé ($67) via the south (9½ hours, two daily) and north (seven hours, two daily) coasts of the peninsula.
For VIA Rail services, the train station (418-722-4737; 57 Rue de l’Évêché Est) is only open when trains pull in, usually after midnight. Nine trains a week go to/from Montréal ($100, eight hours).
A ferry (418-725-2725, 800-973-2725) links Rimouski with Forestville on the North Shore. From May to early October, two to four boats make the 1¾-hour journey every day. The one-way fare is $18/13 per adult/child. A car is $38. Reservations are accepted.
The Relais Nordik (418-723-8787, 800-463-0680; www.relaisnordik.com; 17 Ave Lebrun) takes passengers on its weekly cargo ship to Sept Îles, Île d’Anticosti, Havre St Pierre, Natashquan and the Lower North Shore. It departs Rimouski marina at noon on Tuesday from early April to mid-January and gets to Blanc Sablon at 7pm Friday. Prices start at $207 for the full journey and range up to $627 for a deluxe cabin with porthole, toilet and shower. Meals are available on board and cars can be taken, though this is extremely costly (a bicycle is handier at the brief stopovers). Reservations are best made months in advance.