Travelling to Montreal

The Montréal-Trudeau Airport (YUL) is the biggest airport serving the Quebec province, and it's just a 20-minute drive from downtown Montreal. There, you'll find flights from 40 different airlines, many of which are major carriers who operate regular trips in and out of Montreal to more than 140 domestic and international destinations.

Getting to the City Center


Taxis are not all yellow, so look for the lit-up taxi light on top of any ordinary looking car. Taxis can be hailed in the street or found at a taxi stand throughout downtown. You can catch a taxi or a limousine near the central exit on the Arrivals level. Taxi rates are fixed at $40 to downtown, and meter to other destinations with a minimum charge of $17. It is customary to tip the driver anywhere from 10% to 20%, with 15% being the average.


Montreal's metro is its underground rail (subway) mass transit system, one of the most important modes of transportation in Montreal. A single adult fare is Cdn$2.75. The metro (subway) system is clean, safe and fast. As an added bonus, the public transit network is relatively simple, with just four lines connecting the downtown center to major tourist sites, bus stops and train stations.


The city’s transit system, called la Société de transport de Montreal (STM), provides bus and metro services to locals and tourists alike. The STM buses providing local services are everywhere. With 10 minutes max service, buses run every ten minutes or less. All night service busses are also available.