The options depend on what you want to spend. There is a bus the "747" just outside the terminal for about $10 Canadian. A taxi will be about $40. A regular bus is $3, but you have to get yourself and your luggage to the bus terminal, a little ways away.
There is a site that lists the different bus companies going to and from Montreal for intercity travels (i.e New York, Boston, Quebec, Toronto, etc.). It's great because it allows you to compare prices and schedules.
All the buses leave/arrive from the bus terminal located at Berri-UQAM metro station. There is signage showing the way to the terminal as well, so it's easy to get around.
In 2010, Montreal finally set up a decent bus service connecting its airport and downtown. Called the 747 Express Bus, it is much cheaper than a taxi: a single trip will only set you back $8 (compared to at least $40 with a cab). In fact, most public transit fare cards include access on the 747.
Bus frequency varies between every 20 minutes during the busiest times of the day to every hour during the night.
The only caveat is if you don't have a fare card and decide to pay $8 for a single trip, you must pay with coins -- no bills or credit cards. It is generally much simpler to just buy a 24-hour pass (they are available at the airport, most downtown metro stations and the tourist information centre), which also costs $8 and can be paid for in any manner.
To get from the airport, step outside and into the departures area, and by the shuttle area you should see a bus (the 204 if I recall) . Get on it, but they only accept exact change ($2.75). Get on, and it will transfer you to a different part wherein you need to get off at another stop and wait for the 211 bus. Get on that, and you'll be riding for a while. I rode until a stop wherein all passengers got off the bus; turns out I was at the Lucien L'Allier metro station. It's marked by a large M sign and nearby is a church spire you can't miss. If you're near a metro station, the best of Montreal is at your fingertips.
Montreal's Central Bus Station, Station Centrale d'Autobus, (for non-local travel) is located next to Berri-Uqam Metro station on Boulevard de Maisonneuve. There are several bus companies which for journeys to and from Montreal including Coach Canada for Toronto, Greyhound/Voyageur for Ottawa, Orleans Express for Quebec City and Greyhound USA for Albany and New York.
The bus station is fairly well organised with bilingual signage and staff and buses depart from gates. Tickets can be purchased from the desks or through the individual operators websites.
There's also useful left-luggage lockers here although on our visit this managed to be not very well-organised. The system is that you buy a token for the locker from the checkroom, consignee, and use it to open a free locker. However, the instructions on the lockers are confusing - it says to get your token from the ticket office. Which I went to do but only to be told that there was a checkroom where they are sold down by the lockers. However this was unattended when we were there and it required a major tour of the station to find out how to get a token!
A regular-sized locker, at the time of writing, costs $3 CAD for 24 hours.
PS Don't confuse Station Centrale with Gare Central - le Gare is the train station.
The Montreal buse will take you just about anywhere in Montreal.
They just added new machines in which you pay into.
The new machines do not accept dollar bills or pennies.
Not that we have an dollar bills anymore.
And you must have exact change you will not get your extra change back.
It has a color code beep that tell If you have paid in full or not If It beep red you did not pay in full.
It has 2 different slots one for just the tickets and the other for your change (fair).
Each bus stop had a code on it and if you call or go online and enter the code from your bus stop It will let you know what time the next one will be going by.
_________Six-ticket strip $11.75 __$6.25
____________Cash fare $2.75 ___$1.75
__________Tourist Card $9.00 / 1 day
____________________$17.00 / 3 days
Children aged 5 and under ride for free.
I noticed 2 methods to get to your hotel in Montreal. Either by airport bus or taxi.
Airport Bus = Cost is CAD $14.00 as of late 2006. They will take you to a central position in Downtown Montreal, and from there, there is a free shuttle to your hotel door. Give the driver a tip as a sign of appreciation.
Taxi = There is a set fare of CAD $35.00 to anywhere in Downtown Montreal. This fare also applies going from your hotel to the airport. Again, tips are appreciated.
If you'd like to go a class above the rest, try the Limousine for CAD $50.00.
If you’re alone, cheapest way to get into Montreal downtown is by taking the Aerobus.
You arrive at the airport, and you’re out pretty fast. You’ll probably walk right by an info desk, with numbers of all the hotels and about 3 people dispensing tourist info. As you go past that and out the door, look to your left, that is where you will buy your ticket.
Get your ticket to the booth about 15 feet to the left of the exit you just left. There’s a booth and you buy your ticket or r/t ticket right there. Unfortunatley when I arrived there was only one person working there and the line was long. It took longer to get my ticket that it did to land, get my bags, go thru customs, go thru immigration, go to the loo, and out the airport door. Can’t they have 2 people selling tickets???
Anyway, when you get your ticket, turn to the left and walk across one lane of traffic to the island and the bus/bus stop will be there. Walk on, stash your bags, give the driver your ticket and relax.
It will go into Montreal, then stops at 3 upscale hotels along the way, then it stops at the final destination-Berri-UQAM bus station. Took me about 35 minutes to get here. Took me 20 minutes to go in the opposite direction to the airport. When you get here, just find the escalator and go down, and turn right and you’re in the middle of Berri-UQAM metro Stop. Buy your Metro tix if you need them now.
Busses run every 20-25 minutes. Fast, cheap, safe. If you’re with another person, might be better to take a cab. If you’re with 2 people probably take a cab.
C$23 for a r/t ticket.
If you want to go out of Montreal and maybe discover many other great cities in the Province, all buses are leaving from Station Centrale in the Quartier Latin district. Connected with the subway system at Berri-UQAM station, it is easy and reliable.
So if you want to go to Quebec city, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke, Rimouski, Chicoutimi, Gaspé, Tadoussac or so many others, go to the web site below.
Bon voyage !
There is a lot of buses in the city of Montreal, also from the city to the suburbs and beyond. They are not expensive and very easy to follow. If you go to Berri-UQAM station, Bonaventure station or Longueuil station, you will find may "planibus" (it is the schedule and the map for every bus line in town and around). Those booklet are easy to use and carry so they are "indispensable".
All the infos are on the STM web site below and you can print the "planibus" that you need online.
Have a good ride !
Montréal's city bus system is very complex.
But their web site is very easy to use.
It's the same as for the Métro. And you will be able to find the informations on fares on my tips on the Métro system, as well as on their web site. There is a service for people who are in wheel chairs. On each bus schedule, you can see that certain buses, on certain times will have an " * " right beside the arrival time of the bus. This means that the bus is equiped to level it with the sidewalk, with an air compresion system. An that it has no stairs and is comprised of a special space in the middle of the bus for a wheelchair to be able to fit in.
Montreal Bus system is pretty good. From any subway station, you can get a transfer ticket. Once arrived at the station of your choice, you can use that ticket to continue your route in a bus. The bus path is usually posted on the pole beside the stop.
Buses are heated in the winter but dont have A/C
A few blocks up from the Centre of Town is the Montreal Bus Terminal. Cheap as chips and a great way to meet people while you travel.