Basically, whatever you feel like doing will get you around Montreal. if you wanted to be informative and enjoy the french way of travelling the carriage ride is an excellent one. If you want to enjoy the tourist feel of it, walking is good.. you can see all the unsual places and signs that will make you laugh (vanhoutte). If you are single and and just want to be col Motorcycle is becoming a popular vehicle and of course, to cross the St Larence river, you have to go to the port to ride a boat or those tourist-car-boat. This may take you to the Olympic Village!
The Dorval-Mirabel dilemma. You will most likely arrive in Dorval (YUL) now, even from abroad (unless you are cargo!). Dorval is a Can$31 cab ride from downtown and takes 20-45 minutes depending of the traffic.
The Montreal metro system is clean, fast, quiet and reliable. Runs from 5AM to about 1AM depending of the station and day of the week (check before so you can come back at the end of the evening).
Taxis are semi-cheap and won't take you for a ride. It's $2.75 for pickup, $1.30 per km and $0.50 per minute of waiting after that.
One of the easiest cities to get around. Slight hills make walking a breeze and nothing beats their Metro for speed and convienience. Best bet is to buy a Metro card for your stay at the nearest station. It will be validated on your first use and can get you through the subway system and connect you to the buses.
Montréal has a good transportation system, buses criss cross all the island, and metro gets to the main points into the city. Tickets are valid for about 90 minutes, by requesting a transfer token or ticket, so you can combine metro and buses at your own convenience. By Oct. 2003 was $2.50 for a trip (a little expensive for me, but you can buy 6 tickets for $10, or other saving packs like 1 day, several days, week or monthly passes). Anyway, you also may try raising your thumb, but into the city, the only vehicle you may get is one like the ones at the picture :)
Festivals lasts all summer long in Montreal, most of them have outside activities that will close down some of the main streets (St-Catherine, St-Denis, etc.). These closures happen at night. So leave you car home or be ready for a long wait despite police officiers trying to help out with the traffic around the closed zone.
Use Destina.ca! This is a very nice web site that can find a hotel, car rental and cheap flights to and around Canada! The airport code for Montreal is YUL are YMX (but YUL is the main airport,the other...)
You can fly in to the Dorval or Mirabel airports. We also have a port and driving in from the US or anywhere else i canada is fairly easy thanks to our highways. We also have a big train terminal downtown. For the more adventurous, we are connected to Quebec, Florida and the rest of Canada through a huge bike path system that is well indicated and easy to use.
I used the train to get to Montreal. It was a nice ride from Toronto. http://www.viarail.com/
The Metro is very easy and convenient for getting around Montreal. http://www.lookmontreal.com/mapmetro.html
there is a train that departs once a day from NYC, but it leaves at 7am and is really expensive. the greyhound is still expensive too. it took a helluva long time to pass by the border inspectors--the US customs & immigration people were much pickier and took more time than the Canadians. for some reason greyhound cut a deal with this guy in saratoga springs, so there is a totally useless bus break right after and before the on in Albany wherein you are herded into this cheezy restaraunt.
the Montreal metro uses the same cars as the new york subway! because in fact, all NYC subway cars are made in Quebec! neat. this creates a sensation of perpetual dejavu
The best way to get there is by plane to either of Montreal's airports. Or by car on the trans canada highway.
The best way to get around montreal is by metro (subway) or bus. Finding spots to park your car is difficult and can be as costly as New York City.
Like any big city...
But the Train system here sucks. It is both very expensive and slow. Gaz in not very expensive (0.70$ CAN/litter).
The public transportation system here is both cheap and efficient. Very secure and confortable, it covers much of the nice spots of the Island. It is also very easy to use. It will average 2$ CAN for a ticket, but an weekly card with unlimited access is around 13$, and it is good for both bus and Metro. A MUST!!
Montreal is also renown in North America as one of the best city for bicycling (as far as it can be good in a North American City...). Just avoid the biggest streets and respect the signalisation. There is a nice web of dedicated spaces for bike to go around and these will always bring you to a nice place to visit!!!
Unfortunalty, like in many American city, cars are king of the road here, so watch for 'em. This makes it usually easy to get around in one. Parking is something confusing though.
Montreal has two airports, Miribel and Dorval, one for international flights, and the other for domestic, but I don't remember which.
First Air flies to Iqaluit on Baffin Island , which is one of the main Arctic transport hubs. From London, we flew with Canada 2000.
I stuck to walking, but my friends tell me there is a good underground transport system, not to mention the underground shopping 'city'. Horse and cart is a touristy way to see the main sights. There are also boats along the river, as well as an 'Amphibus' which travels on land and water. Jetboats also do speedy trips on the river, but I don't think they are cheap.
Probably the best way to visit Montreal aside from your own two feet or a bicycle, is to use the public transportation, since a car ride can very easily get on your nerve (I must speak from experience!!!). I'm just kidding, renting a car is a good idea since the region is so big and you wouldn't want to miss a thing. But to travel in the city, an extensive metro and bus system will take you everywhere. A ticket to go anywhere on the system is 2$ (you can buy 6 for 8.50$). There is also budget passes: CamHebdo to travel all day saturday and sunday for 13.50$ and touristic card 7$ for one day, 14$ for 3 days. Get a map! stcum.qc.ca
Try and fly into Dorval not Mirabel airport as it is much easier. Also Train service by ViA rail or Amtrak will bring you right downtown.
Montral has a great system of buses and cabs and an underground metro. Also most of the downtown core is connected by underground tunnels because in the winter it is just too darn cold to go walk outside sometimes.
If you're from the south shore, take a bus. Or you can even bike across the Jacques Cartier bridge. I came close to doing it one day, starting from LaPrairie (waaaaaaaaay over on the other side of the shore!) but didn't...don't know why! Ima try again this summer, with a friend preferably (so we can go through the trauma together!) that bridge is rocky and always busy, always! :-)
BMW: Bus/Metro/Walk! Walk, walk, walk baby! I loooooooove to walk in Montreal, I rarely take the buses there...But if it's a long way to go, the metro is your quickest and most practical way.