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    All the major Canadian...

    by Kindra Written Aug 25, 2002

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    All the major Canadian carriers fly to Montreal as well as American ones. Direct flights also come in from Europe.
    The city has a great transportation system. The metro runs until 11 pm on the blue line and about 1:30 on all other lines, starting very early in the morning. It is very clean and safe and runs very frequently- one every few minutes. It is easy to get around in and figure out. Buses also run frequently and everywhere (to destinations further away from the city and run way later than the metro for those who may be clubbing etc late) It is just under $2 for a one way ticket but if you are staying there longer, consider a pass hebdomadaire (weekly) for $13.50 (unlimited travel on metro and bus) or a pass mensuel (monthly) for about $40 (unlimited)- very much worth it. When buying however, it is advisable to buy on a Sunday or monday for the weekly passes to avoid getting yelled at my metro attendants. They seem to have a problem with this. If it is later in the week or month and you still want a pass go to the main station at Berri-UQAM to get a pass.
    You can also get around the suburbs and find trains to cities close by like Ottawa on trains at Bonaventure metro station (this is the main train station in Montreal).
    Cabs are also a good way for late night travel- I find that they are a lot cheaper than in other Canadian cities and can cost under $10 for a trip across town and about $20-$25 from the UdeM campus to the airport, although there is a city bus that does this, though much slower.

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    Well this is a really stupid...

    by andromedas Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Well this is a really stupid blurb, obviously some people need to fly..some can drive. I see it's my place to tell you how to get there.. don't be offended, I'm just playin.
    I think walking is the best way, but you're going far or the weather is really bad, a taxi would be the second best choice.

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  • You can get to Montreal by...

    by Aphrodite21 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You can get to Montreal by plane, train, bus, car, etc. They have a Greyhound bus station and a Via rail station.
    The bus or the metro (subway). 1 ride costs $2.00 but if you think you're going to be using that system a lot, I would recommend getting a day pass for $7. A 3 day pass is $14 and a weekly pass is about $12.50.

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    Hey, depends where you're...

    by somewhere Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Hey, depends where you're coming from!!!!
    You *can* use the taxis, but that gets to be a bit expensive. Your best bet is the buses and metro system on the island of Montréal. If you're heading out to the south shore. From Berri-UQAM metro station there is a bus service that has routes to Toronto, Ottawa and quite a few places in Québec. You can rent a car if you want, but if you're planning on staying in Montréal, I wouldn't recommend it. Finding parking downtown is a b****. Montréal is also known as a great bicycle city (in the summer months, of course).

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    Getting around by subway is a...

    by caf98 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Getting around by subway is a cheap and comfortable option. Montreal has a really good (but short) subway net.
    Another option is renting a bike (there are some places to do it in the old part of the city, near the river, and ride some of the long paths which go around the city and some islands.You can get more information in the tourist office in the corner of the Rue Notre Dame and Jacques Cartier, in the Champ of Mars.

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  • All forms of transportation to...

    by Emanuela14f Updated Aug 24, 2002

    All forms of transportation to and from Montreal are appropriate. Flying is ideal but if you can't afford it taking Greyhound, or Voyageur, is the best alternative. Via Rail is far to slow and there are often problems with their trains.
    The public trans system is very good in Montreal. Directions for different attractions are always posted in subways stations and bus scheduels can be found at certain locations. These make traveling very easy for any tourist.

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    It really depends where you...

    by cjdewolf Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It really depends where you are. If you're in Toronto or Ottawa, taking the train would be an easy and scenic way; it drops you off smack in the middle of downtown, too. From anywhere else, though, I would recommend flying. Unfortunately, you'll arrive at Dorval, which is currently a mess of an airport.
    One word: Métro! STCUM, the transit authority, runs a swift and efficient subway system. It'll take you everywhere you want to go (and some places you don't). The trains stop running at 1am, though, so it would be best to catch a cab at night - late-night buses are unreliable and slow.

    Montréal is also a good city for bicycling, so in the summer months that's a cool way to get around. There are only a few bike lanes, but the streets are generally narrow enough for you to travel swiftly and safely with motor traffic.

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    Take metro or cab, but the...

    by Pinoy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Take metro or cab, but the best way to get around is walking. Taxi is inexpensive, besides you may not need a taxi getting around because downtown Montreal is compact. It is accessible to everything. The Montreal's metro is so easy to learn but not 24 hours service, unlike NYC's subway; complicated and 24/7.

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    It was much cheaper to fly in...

    by rtschneider Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It was much cheaper to fly in and out of Montreal's airport then Quebec City's airport.
    When you are in downtown Montreal you can walk around very easily. We parked the rental car at the hotel and didn't touch it until it was time to go. There are several things to see and do outside the downtown Montreal area that you will need a car for though.

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  • One of the best way to go to...

    by kaidep Written Aug 24, 2002

    One of the best way to go to montreal is by plane. The problem with other transportations is that it take a lot of time. North Americe is very big.
    The best way to get around in By metro, It ois very easy and very fast. The only thing you have to be careful about is that it is close at night and you can not use it when you go back late at night. With the metro there is the Bus that are also very practicle.

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    I drove up from NY. Its about...

    by cjg1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I drove up from NY. Its about 5 hours from my home and therefore an easy enough drive.
    The Metro or walk. I parked the car in the hotel parking garage and left it there. Less hassle and it makes you make impulsive decisions like 'lets go down this street instead.'

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    WE took a tour bus.....the bus...

    by Star_Dust Written Aug 24, 2002

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    WE took a tour bus.....the bus driver got REALLY lost, and it took us FAR too long to get to Montreal from toronto!
    You can either walk, or take the subway if you need to get away form teh downtown core. For example, we took the subway to get to the Biodome.

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  • There is extensive bus and...

    by tracynicole1 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There is extensive bus and metro service in the city and subburbs, late night (1am-5am) metro is closed and buses are slower. Taxis are a good way of getting home late at night. In the summer, a bicycle is also a good way to get around. There are many bike paths.
    Parking downtown can sometimes be difficult but not if you don't mind wlaking a little. However most spots downtown have meters that last for only 2 hours.

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    Well, it always depends on...

    by cirrus_mtl Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Well, it always depends on where you are coming from. If you are from Europe, for example, plane is always a good solution...
    You can get around pretty easily by public transport. The subways and buses are good. Beware: subways stop around 1 in the morning. There are night buses but they are not very frequent ( one every hour on the main lines!!! Not all lines are in service so plan in advance. www.stcum.qc.ca) If it's warm, it's okay, but if it's freezing or raining it's hell!

    The Montreal area has a very good bike path system. That is a very good way of getting around town. Watch out because people here drive like idiots!!! They don't seem to know the flashers are used to tell people of your intentions.

    Taking a walk downtown or in Old Montreal is always a pleasant activity also.

    www.stcum.qc.ca

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