Arriving in Montreal

Montréal is serviced by Dorval’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport, 22.5 km (14 mi) west of downtown. The Station Central de l’Autobus (Central Bus Station) is on Blvd de Maisonneuve E, in the Quartier Latin near the university. Montréal’s Gare Centrale (Central Station) is north of downtown’s Place Bonaventure and services VIA Rail ‘s busy Québec City-Toronto-Windsor route.

Driving into Downtown

Gare Windsor Station interior view
From the east, take AutoRoute 20W from the south shore across the Pont Champlain and take Autoroute 10 into the city centre. If you take Autoroute 40 along the north shore, switch to Autoroute 15 Decarie and follow the signs to centre-ville which bring you into the downtown core. From the west, visitors from Ottawa start on Autoroute 40E and switch to Autoroute 15 Decarie to follow the signs to centre-ville. Visitors from Toronto will arrive on 20E, and after passing Dorval airport follow Route 720 Ville Marie into the core. Visitors from the USA will arrive on Highway 10 or Highway 15 and will cross the St Lawrence on the Pont Champlain, and navigate to downtown on the Autroute 10 Bonaventure.

Public Transit

Montreal is crisscrossed by a number of subway Metro lines which are colour-coded and has excellent surface (bus) transit along the major streets. The cost is $3.50 (the fare is reduced to $2.50 for teens and seniors) and you can buy a 10 ticket strip for $29 and $17.50 (great if a group of you are in Montreal for a few days). If you need to change buses or plan to switch between Metro and bus, request a transfer when you pay your first fare. You can also get a Tourist Card with unlimited public transit access for an entire day is just $10.00 or get a three-day card for only $19.50. Simply scratch out the month and day (or three consecutive days) you wish to use it. If you are in town longer, you can get a CAM hebdo (weekly pass) $26.75 or reduced rate $16.00, or a CAM (monthly pass) for $86.50 or reduced rate $52.00. See the Montreal Transit web site at transit routes transit routes

The city has commuter train lines out to the furthest suburbs, run by Agence Montreal de Transport (AMT) These are handy if you are staying at suburban hotel or bed & breakfast and want to head into town. The EXO fares are based primarily on the number of zones you travel through and on the distance traveled, and typically vary between $4 and $8. route map route map

Bus and Métro are the easiest and quickest way to get around the city, avoiding traffic congestion, particularly at busy times. Services are regular, frequent and air-conditioned to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer. All major car rental companies have offices in Montreal as well as a number of local operators.