Passenger check-in area is always a very busy, hectic and sometimes confusing place. ARRIVE EARLY, and be prepared for long line-ups!! There are numerous shops, restaurants, cafés, currency exchange, travel insurance offices ATM's, and duty free shops. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the terminal building.
The arrivals-reception area is on the lower level (ground floor) of the terminal building.
International and U.S. passengers arriving at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Int'l airport must first proceed through customs & immigration security control, then pick up their luggage at the baggage recovery console, before exiting to the public rendezvous area to meet and greet your hosts.
Taxis, limousines and L'Aéroport shuttles are all located on the lower level also, and operate 24hrs a day. They will all take you to the downtown core (about a 20min ride). If your hotel has a complimentary shuttle, it will be waiting here also.
Airport parking is just across the street via a covered walkway.
The nearest hotel is the newly built Marriott Courtyard, attached to the terminal building.
See link below for airport layout
This is where the public waits for international and U.S. arrivals. This rendezvous area is where your hosts, friends, and family will be waiting after you pass through these doors (and after you've gone through the customs and immigration process).
MAKE SURE whoever is meeting you brings a cardboard sign, a flag, or SOMETHING to help you find one another. This whole area gets VERY crowded, chaotic, and noisy because everyone is yelling, waving, jostling for position; trying to get the attention of their loved ones. Obviously this picture was taken when there was a lull in the crowds, but believe me, it gets very chaotic upon arrivals - try and make sure you have a back up meeting place in case you miss one another!
I think it's fantastic that they have a program to put real and significant airwork on the walls of Pierre Trudeau International Airport.
This is "Dyade," an abstract acrylic painting hanging on the walls of Montreal's Trudeau Airport. It's the work of Guido Molinari (1933-2004), a prominent member of Montreal's art community in the 1960s and 70s. It was in the concourse from which flights to the USA departed.
The nearest airport to Montreal if you are flying a discount airline would be Burlington, Vermont. If you rent a car Montreal is a little more than an hour away after you cross the Canadian border.
I don't know of any shuttles that go from Burlington to Montreal, but you can take the bus from the airport to the bus station in downtown Burlington and from there get a bus that crosses the border into Canada.
Flying to Montreal is simple. Trudeau International Airport is located just outside the city, near St. Laurent. Formerly called Dorval Airport, don't be confused by the name.
There are 32 different air carriers operating from Trudeau Airport. On arrivals, you'll find a Tim Horton's Cafe for coffee, a Subway for sandwiches and a cafe bar, if you'd like a drink. There are many more choices of restaurants located on departures.
From the airport, the Express Bus 747 will get you to downtown Montreal for just $8 bucks.
Flying to Montreal international brings you to the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL); better known as "Dorval" for the seasoned travellers.
In my opinion the Terminal has been greatly improved in the first decade of the 21th century.
There is far more floorspace and the interior looks and feels modern.
At my last visit roadworks outside the airport were in progress. As far as I could see getting to and from the airport will stay a maze and requires some Quebecian driving skills.
The Trudeau International Airport is the main airport of Montreal for both international and domestic flights. Overall, I feel that this airport is not very efficient as I had a hard time locating the airlines check-in counter when I was departing from Montreal to Singapore via London. The signages and directions were confusing, and the staff were not sure themselves and not very friendly.
If you can departing from this airport, do go there early so that you have sufficient time to figure out where is your check-in counter.
Also when I arrived late at night, the luggage took very long to unload from the plane, which is not very efficient as well.
I live not far from this area and from my place to the airport is around $25, I think you're looking at closer to $30/$35 possibly even $40. There is definitely no way past the tracks and I guess you could go via Decarie circle. Be careful if your flight is around traffic times (7:30am-9:00am// 3:30p - 6:00p) because it can get really heavy in that area. I would take Cavendish to the 20 West (ville st.pierre exit) then the airport is right off the 20. This is usually better for traffic too. But maybe the taxi/ google maps knows better.
There is unfortunately no go public transit option :( (unless you take a bus from the central buss station- Berri Uquam down-town) But than you're going backward to go forward... good luck.
The shuttle from airport to downtown hotels costs $14 one way. It is located at pier #5 at the airport which is several places before you see the taxi sign in the airport. To see what times they will pick you up at the hotel contact the concierge or the front desk.
Montreal has 2 international airports, so it's easy to fly over. The airport you'll likely end up in is Montreal Trudeau. If you don't have a ride to or from the airport, the taxi will cost you at least $20.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is named after a famous former Prime Minister of Canada. Most people refer to it as Montreal-Trudeau, or the old appelation Dorval. Complicated isn't it? It is the only major passenger airport in Montreal....passenger service at Mirabel airport, north of the city has been moth-balled.
In the recent past visitors arrived at an out-dated, inhospitable airport. It was not a nice way to arrive at Canada's most exciting city. The good news is that Montreal-Trudeau has just finished a major 700 million $ renovation. We are ready to welcome Air France's Airbus A380....woohoo! The new transborder and international jetties and international arrivals complex are really beautiful....but be ready to walk.
This is just a warning for those of you who will be driving to out P.E.T. airport. It was formally called Dorval airport, as it is located in the municipality of Dorval. The signs on the roads have not been changed due to a debate over whose responsiblity it is to change them.
That's just like Quebec. We have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on debating something. All the meanwhile, nothing gets done!
There are 2 airports, Mirabel (which is actually closed) and Dorval / P.E.T. Just follow the signs. It is located on the Island of Montreal, on the West Island.
They are very kind, I mean, the crew...The seats are very tight, a tall person will suffer for sure if they fly economic class. but they serve all over the country and they are better than my own VARIG AIRLINE!
I know I am brazilian but I strongly recommend you to use AIR CANADA, it is the cheaper way to fly to Brazil to and from Canada.
February 18th, 2005
it was hard to say good bye to my canadian home: MONTREAL!
This picture registers the exactly day when I set foot in Montreal, January 18 2005. it was a very cold morning, Montreal welcome with its generous -20 celcius, immediately my great friend Pierre tried to dress myself properly.
From the airport to the city centre, when the trafic is fine, you take about 25 minutes, lucky I was a little bit closer, I had to go to Rosemont, and it takes 10 minutes!;)
But before that moment I had no idea about what was waiting for me!
Of course, you will have some off days with total nightmare. Since it is still a funnel, with all the planes emptying at the same time, it suffice to have a few airplane and maybe a few custom agents on their break to create a little commotion.
Sorry, for the quality of the picture, I didn't want to take my flash and be tagged as a spy, haha!