If you're traveling by automobile the major border crossings from the U.S. are at Rock Island (Highway 91/55), Phillipesburg (Highway 89/133) and Lacolle ( Highway 87/15). Entry points from New Brunswick include Edmundston (Highway 2/185) and Campbellton (Highway 11/132 or 17/132). From Ontario the main points of entry to the province are Rigaud (Highway 417/40) or Riviere Beaudette (Highway 401/20). Access Map of the Montreal & Laval Regions Detailed Maps from the City of Montreal (French)
Montreal has an excellent urban transit system which is (dare I say it) efficient and well coordinated, which wasn't always the case. Buses generally hold to their schedule and connections between the different systems are becoming seamless thanks to the STC and AMT joint efforts. The jewel of the system is the Metro (the subway) which is a tourist attraction all to itself, It's clean, comfortable (except at rush hour, where it's passable) and fast. Each of it's innumerable stations was designed by a different architect and overall provide a fascinating exploration of the use of public space in an interconnected but far flung collection of stations. Most of Montreal's landmarks and tourist attractions are accessible by Metro.The AMT regional train and bus system provides access to certain off island locations. Check with their web site in our resources section for details.
Bicycles are permitted (with restrictions) on the Metro and certain lines of the AMT train system. Have a look at the Metro and AMT websites in our resources section for more information.
Pierre Eliot Trudeau International Airport (formerly Dorval Airport) is located in the west central region of the city in Dorval, about 25 minutes from downtown (the trip gets significantly longer as rush hour approaches). Mirabel International is located in the Laurentian's region, off of Highway 15 (the Laurentian Autoroute). It takes about 50 minutes from downtown without traffic delays, but the route in or out of the city is often congested, sometimes even outside rush hours. Most of the air traffic has been moved back to the Trudeau airport in Dorval. Charters may fly in and out of Mirabel, check with your carrier to determine where you touchdown.
From downtown taxis fares to the Trudeau Airport are over $25 Canadian, while Mirabel, will set you back over $60, your best bet is to inquire before you get in the cab. You might want to look for alternatives such as shuttles from the major hotels downtown. As this is written there is a $10 airport improvement fee which you'll be charged as you leave the airport. For information on city buses, commuter trains, the Metro (subway) or other urban transit in Montreal click on the link.
The main train terminus, Gare Central, is located in the downtown area. The station is just south of Rene Levesque Blvd, on La Gauchetiere, between Mansfield and University. It can be accessed from the Queen Elizabeth or Bonaventure Hotels. The nearest Metro (subway) is Bonaventure which can be accessed via the underground pedestrian walkway. West bound Via trains may stop at the Dorval station, inquire with the rail line.
The main bus terminus, Station Centrale (Telephone 514-842-2281), is located in the eastern section of the downtown core at, 505 Blvd.du Maisonneuve Blvd. East, on the corner of Berri. The terminus has direct connections into several of the Metro (Subway) lines. In turn the Metro system connects into the commuter train network as well as the national and international services, allowing you to reach most anywhere in North America.
The Coast-to-Coast Trans Canada Highway forms one of the main routes through the city from east to west (or west to east if you like). Locally, referred to as the Trans Canada, the T-Can or Highway 40, the central section of the Highway within the city is know as the Metropolitan. A second major highway, which lies to the south, and effectively parallels the Trans Canada, is Highway 20, which turns into the Ville Marie Expressway in the downtown area. The main north -south route in the city is the the Decarie Expressway, which connects the two east west arteries. Montreal is an island city and as such must be accessed by bridge or tunnel. These access points and the main highways get bottlenecked and get very slow during rush hours, particularly if your route includes the north or south shores. To access the island of Montreal the main highways are: from the north - Highway 13 or 15, from the east - Highway 40 or 30 (via the Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine Tunnel), from the south - Highway 10/15 and from the west - Highway 40 or Highway 20.
The major border crossings from the U.S. are at Rock Island (Highway 91/55) and Lacolle (Highway 87/15). Entry points from New Brunswick include Edmundston (Highway 2/185) and Campbellton (Highway 11/132 or 17). From Ontario coming from the northwest you'll enter the province at Rigaud (Highway 417/40) or if you're coming from the west, at Riviere Beaudette (Highway 401/20). Access Map of Montreal and Laval Detailed Maps from the City of Montreal (French)
The City of Montreal is hundreds of years old and grew without significant planning until recently. Montreal planners are a big believer in one way streets which make a lot of sense in many cases but often give visitors the willies. You may experience difficulty navigating parts of the city and our first recommendation is to leave the car at the hotel and use taxis or public transportation, particularly the Metro (subway) if it makes sense. Failing that make sure you have a good map and check the road and traffic reports before you go.
For information on city buses, commuter trains, the Metro (subway) or other urban transit in Montreal click on the link.
Gasoline is sold by the lit re (4.54 liters to an Imperial gallon which is 5/4th of an American gallon or about 3.6 liters to the American gallon - got that? ) and this is being writing a lit re of regular costs about 85¢ cents Canadian.
Montreal and Laval bus network is extensively woven throughout the two cities. The Montreal bus system, Taxi bus Service, the Commuter Train links and the Metro (subway) are closely coupled and between all of them, you can get pretty close to any island destination, along with many locations in the surrounding regions. There are transit passes which you might want to consider, depending on your schedule, your needs and most importantly the length of your stay.
There are several companies which service the island and it's generally easy to get a cab. Of course this isn't always true, storms, holidays, festivals can prove exceptions. While taxis can be readily hailed, calling the dispatcher is definitely more dependable (if you have a cell phone, why not). All cabs have an initial fee, then additional mileage/time charges, which makes up the total fare. From the Airport the fare is metered but there is a minimum charge which is currently over $10.00 Canadian (some minimum).
Montreal has limousine service to and from its airports. Arrangements must be made prior to your departure or arrival.
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