Heres a tip... Dont rent from Europcar in Montreal! My wife and I confirmed and rented a vehicle thru Europcar Montreal with unlimited milage. After returning the veicle in perfect condition and ahead of the scheduled time Europcars agent told us he had assessed an over milage fee of over $150 stating that we didnt have unlimited miles. Although the agent and Europcar knew of where we were to go and that we had confirmed an unlimited milage agreement they had changed the contract to specify a limited milage of 200 km / day. This company is dishonest and sneaky, they will attempt to add costs at every opportunity (we watched two other very upset customers return their vehicles and agrue the charges in just one hour of waiting!). Beware of this company!
Turning right on red light will become the standard in the spring 2003 in Quebec, everywhere (unless otherwise indicated) except in the city of Montreal where is it still being opposed. So when on the Montreal island only, do not turn right on red light.
Those using the highway without a cell phone, relax. Should your car break down, have a flat tire, etc, there are 162 live cameras (84 inside tunnels and 78 on highways around) watching you for your protection only. We (where I work) call the protection and a towing to asssist you within seconds of cars being immobilized, 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
Link to our cameras (ours are in real time) those are refreshed every 2 minutes : http://www.circulationmontreal.com/
On the pic, some of those with who I work... nice bunch.
It was one brutal drive up to Montreal...but it was worse driving back from Montreal because of MAJOR traffic! But I guess you do get to know your travel buddies if you don't already know them. Hint....if you're driving with guys and you're female, bring a copy of Cosmo...it'll entertain the bunch ;) You'll probably learn some interesting things too!
in montreal there is no parking space ....u always need to pay for parking...what u should do is make a day plan of the same area and park ur car in that area for the day (its usually a per day and not per hour rate)
also as hours goes by the price is lower
I'm still figuring this one out. Maybe my advice is to know what's going on before you go downtown. A car happened to be a very horrible thing though at the time, with plenty of traffic and construction, even late at night.
Connected throughout the world by major airlines, Montréal is only an hour and a half from New York, two hours from Chicago, and 6½ hours from London. Montréal's airports are conveniently close. Taxi's, limousines and shuttle buses get travelers quickly to and from the city center, stopping at major hotels. Services are excellent, and available in many languages.
Trains from New York or Washington stop at Montréal's Gare Centrale, also the main stop for domestic trains from Eastern or Western Canada. The downtown stop is conveniently connected to Bonaventure underground Métro by a pedestrian corridor. Bus travelers land at downtown Terminus Voyageur, connected to the Métro.
By car, Montréal is only 47 km (29 mi) from the New York border. The New York State Thruway (I-87) becomes Route 15, U.S. I-89 becomes two-lane Route 133, joining Route 10 at the border. From I-91 in Massachusetts, Routes 55 and 10 reach Montréal. Entering from east or western Canada, Montréal is accessible on route 401, or the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) via routes 20 and 40. Québec road signs are in French, and speed limits are in kilometers (100 kph equals about 62 mph). Gasoline is sold in liters (3¾ liters equal 1 U.S. gallon).
In town, use the public transportation system (buses and metro) ... for more info:
You can easily travel from Montréal to any other city within the province and even to other provinces or the US by bus or train.
Driving in Montréal can be quite an adventure as Montrealers are fast drivers ... and not very polite! But you can easily drive to other cities on one of the many highways. Remember that the province of Quebec doesn't have anymore toll highways, so you can spend you money elsewhere!!
the best way is to get there by plane..dorval airport has taxis, limousines or coches to get into the city.taxi have usually a comon rate to the city of about cad28.-
taxis are not too cheap..just be awake as they take too much if you are drunk..
Getting around the main cities in the southern part of the province is easily faciliated with Allo-Stop program. You pay a small fee to get a lifetime membership card($6), sign up to where you want to go and when, pay a small fee to go ($15 to Quebec, $30 to Saguenay and less to closer destinations from Montreal) and are then assigned the name of a driver and a time and public place to meet him/her. People making the trips anyway offer to drive people for company (get very little of the money you pay to drive with them)with the program. They are fairly convenient and cheaper and faster than other modes of transportation as well as an opportunity to interact with locals. The car may be full and if you are travelling alone or with one other person, 1 or 2 other people you dont know may be in the car too. It is fun, nevertheless and is unique to Quebec. They used to have service to Ontario as well, including Ottawa and Toronto but the government of Ontario has ordered that it stop! Quebec city, Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Sherbrooke are all cities included in Allo-Stop.
We walked alot. Also, rent a car - this city is very easy to get around. Morning traffic looked to be very conjested - but hey, it is a big city! Never got to try out the Metro, but heard great things about it.