Set fare taxi to/from the airport
We took a taxi to and from the airport to our hotel and were very pleased with it. The fare to/from the airport into downtown is a set fare so don't worry about being cheated by a taxi driver (we had EXACTLY the amount left for the ride home... spent the rest on shopping!) The taxi drivers were kind and the two we had chatted at length about their city, giving recommendations and such. It was easy to get a cab and a pleasant ride both ways.
Inexpensive car parking at Complexe Desjardins
We found the parking at Complexe Desjardins (shopping mall) very convenient (on Blvd. Rene-Levesque between Saint-Urbain and Jeanne-Mance, just a few minutes walk from our hotel). It's usually expensive, but on weekends and holidays only $8 for 24 hours, and also with current promotion free if you spend $25 on shopping or in one of the restaurants there.
Free street parking
There was free street parking available on side streets (we went in November, off-season), but you need to bring a French dictionary to know what months / days parking is not allowed and check what hours also.
You can hail a taxi in Montreal, and they'll take you anywhere in town, but be careful because they might try to charge you a more expensive price. Here's my story:
After an awesome night of salsa dancing at Club 6/49, I was ready to head back to my aunt's place to sleep before flying to Europe the next day. After stepping out of the salsa club on St.-Catherine's street, I hailed a taxi and told the driver where I wanted to go. Halfway there, he claimed that there are two streets with the same name, and asked me which one. I didn't know, because I thought there was only one, so he took me to one, and since it wasn't the right one, he had to take me to the other. I ended up paying around $15 for the taxi, but at first I thought that was normal. Then I told my aunt about it, and she told me that he probably used the fact that he had to drive me to both streets as an excuse to charge me more than usual. So the lesson - know which street you're going to, and find out in advance whether or not there are two or more with the same name! (or at least know which other streets or area it's close to).Related to:
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Traveling by metro...no better way!
The best way to get around has always been, and will always be the Metro. We have 4 colored-lines in Montreal. The Green line (which goes down Ste-Catherine street and takes you as far as Angrignon (Lasalle)), the Orange line (which takes you onto the Plateau), the Yellow line which takes you off the Island completely to Park Jean Dreapeau and last but not least, the Blue Line which takes you to Cotes des Neiges, etc.
It's currently 2.50$ for a ticket but the cool thing is that on your way down the escalator, there are boxes that dispense free bus 'passes'; little pieces of paper that can be used as bus tickets basically. You can't use it at the station where you're taking the bus...so for example, you're going from Mont-Royal station to Sherbrooke and you wanna take the bus to Lionel Groulx afterwards (for some reason!). You'd need to take the bus ticket from the box at Mont-Royal, not at Sherbrooke, othewise they won't accept it.
A 6-ticket sheet would set you back 11.50$ if I can recall correctly. 62$ for a monthly pass unless you're a full-time student, then it's 32. Great way to travel.
Subway in Montreal
The best way to move in Montreal definitly is the use of "metro", if you are going to stay for a week or more, I recommend you buy this weekly metro pass, the cost is really accesible and it worth it, because you can travel anytimes you want at day and also you can travel by bus with the same ticket.Related to:
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Taxi in Montreal....
(2.13$CAD + 1.13 for additional kilometer)
Approximative price for a Ride from Central Downtown to:
Plateau-Mont-Royal : around 7$
Hochelaga-Maisonneuve (Olympic Stadium/Biodome, insectarium): 15$
Chambly (Fort Chambly): 40$
Parc Mont-Royal: 10$
Parc Jean-Drapeau: www.stm.info (use public transportation)
Quebec/ Sherbrooke/Gatineau: look for Orleans Express:
http://www.allostop.com/ (cheap and can be cool, depends of the driver)
Getting to Montreal...
Montreal has two major airports; Dorval which is used for Domestic and International flights and Mirabel, used mainly for freight and some chartered flights.
You can also take a train (Via Rail from within Canada, Amtrak from the US), or bus (Voyageur, Greyhound).
Taxis still a good buy, especially at night
Taxis in Montreal must, by law, charge the same rate, which changed just last week. The new rates are:
2,75$ to get in
and 29,95$/hour of waiting
If you are going from Dorval airport to Downtown, or vice versa, the fare is 31$.
I prefer taxis at night, as the Metro can sometimes be sketchy aster 10pm. It closes at about 1am.
You can go anywhere on the safe, clean Metro for 2,50$
Interactive Map of Montréal
You can use this map to find the location of places by either street address or name of location ie. hotel, Biodôme, Casino de Montréal, etc.
State for Quebec is QCRelated to:
- Road Trip
Tour Montreal by Land/Water
I didn't go on this, but saw this funny looking tour bus. Turns out it goes on land,,,,but also can go in the water. A neat idea.Related to:
ANYTHING BUT A CAR!
In Montreal use bus and metro (subway): cheap and fast! Only rent a car if you travel outside of montreal: expensive for the rental and for fuel! Most of the time you must pay for parking space!Related to:
- Budget Travel
This is a very usefull map. ...
This is a very usefull map. You can see the main attrations area and where they are located around the 'downtown' area.
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