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Need to get around Montreal? Take the Metro. Fully modeled after the Paris Metro, the metro in Montreal has rubber tires and the same car shape. The interior is different and the body colors are inverted, but this does not really matter. While not as convenient as the subway in NYC, Montreal's metro gets the job done very well. I am impressed. 4 lines (orange, blue, green, yellow), $2 per ride.
Metro Montreal features large clean subway cars - and stations - with convenient routes for getting around town. Originally constructed in the 1960s to facilitate tourism at the time of Expo '67, the system has since expanded and now reaches out to suburbs elsewhere on the island, as well as across the St. Lawrence to the south.
An added attraction is that many of the stations are decorated with paintings, murals and mosaics, including the one at Rue Sherbrooke, where I saw several pieces that were worthy of Marc Chagall.
The Montréal Métro was built as recently as the 1960s, so you are entitled to expect that it will be fairly modern. It is – and also it’s clean, quick and inexpensive, if sometimes a little crowded when we travelled (despite appearances in the main photo).
Montréal has, sensibly, followed the trend toward linking travel on both the Métro and the bus system, so one ticket can be used on either system. We purchased three day tickets which, as can be seen in photo 2, are in the form of ‘scratch’ tickets from a Métro station. When we visited, the cost for these tickets was $9 for one day, $17 for three days, and they provide unlimited travel in that period. This photo also shows a map of the system, which follows the Paris Métro practice of each line being represented by a colour and the direction identified by the station at the end.
Photos 3 and 4 show another Métro station and one of the city’s buses.
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Montreal has a great transportation system (metro, bus,..), around the city you can move easly using metro and bus.
www.stm.info is the web site of STM (Montreal transportation company), it gives many useful informations about metro, bus scheduls and interractive estimation of the schedule/time from any origin to any destination in the Montreal island.
Since April 2007, the metro extend the orange line with 3 new station that goes to the city of Laval.
The Metro: Clean, safe and on time
Honestly, the Montreal Metro puts those of many other cities to shame. It is clean, cleverly planned out, and relitively punctual. It is also connected to many other building via underground passages, making it infinitely more useful!
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Our all underground Metro
Montréal's Métro is one of the safest around. It is very clean. And everyone takes it.
It's even an art experience!
Even before the beginning of its construction in the early 60s, Montréal’s metro was promised to have a style of its own: Every station was to be conceived by a distinct architect. Instead of travelling on a system where all stations are alike. Montrealers would commute in a system where every station is unique and decorated with artworks. In fact, initiators of the project, leaded by mayor Jean Drapeau, insisted that art be integrated to stations. Thenceforth, the population of Montréal came into contact with an aspect of our culture that was until then only seen in museums.
The fare is not expensive if you know how to make it work for you. There is a tourist Card that sells for $8.00 / 1 day or $16.00 / 3 days. You can also pay $2.50 cash each time or $11.25 for a six-ticket strip. What I recommend, if you are to stay more than a day, is the Weekly Pass called "CAM hebdo" $18.00 for a whole week, but only from Monday to Sunday. Otherwise, there is the Monthly Pass called "CAM", $61.00. For reduced fares look on their web site to see if you are eligible.
If you are to take the bus afterwards, take a transfer at the station at which you enter. You can also enter the metro with your bus transfer.
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The subway is a very convenient way to get around Montreal. There are 4 subway lines with stops near major tourist attractions.
We purchased a tourist pass for C$7 (now C$8) for one day of unlimited subway use. This is a great deal if you plan to use the subway, because a one-way trip will cost you C$2.50. Just show it to the attendant and he'll wave you through.
Easiest way to get around
"The metro is for Montreal what the boulevards are for Paris or the canals for Venice."
Jean-Claude Germain, historian
The Montreal subway covers most of the key areas of the city (not the airport). The downtown area is located between Papineau and Atwater on the green line, Mont-Royal to Lionel Groulx. The yellow line links the south shore to downtown, the green line crosses the city from west to east, the orange line covers both northern parts and the down area, and finally the blue line links both ends of the orange line just north of the Mount Royal.
The metro is the best transportation availale to get around the city, period. I do prefer walking personaly, some might think it's weird to start from Longueuil, cross the Jacques Cartier bridge, walk around the Mount Royal and take the subway on Jean Talon at 7 AM. But I use it everyday to go to work, as I don't have the luxury of wasting a full hour by walking.
For the plan : http://www.stm.info/english/metro/a-mapmet.htm
Complete informations about the metro (unofficial website): http://www.metrodemontreal.com/
The Metro is easy to use and goes most places a tourist will want to go. However. if the Metro doesn't get you to your final destination a ticket includes free bus transfers which I did not need to use during my visit. A one way ticket, including transfers, is less than $2 CAD.
Clean and Fast
The Montreal subway system has to be one of the best in North America. The trains are super fast, the stations and trains are very clean, and the system itself is very comprehensive (i.e.: you can get to anywhere within the city environs, and the outskirts). The rates are very fair.
You may want to brush up on your Canadian French, however. The use of English in the Metro is virtually non-existent.
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We like to walk so we didn't take the metro much but we did ride it a couple of times in order to get to the Island of Ste. Helene and back. We bought a 6 ticket strip for $11.50 CA, a savings over the individual price of $2.50 per ride. Since they come in a strip of tickets you can use for up to 6 people.
The metro was clean and fast and easy to use. To get out of the Metro, follow the signs that say "Sortie" (French for exit). To locate the metro stations, look for the blue signs with the arrow pointing down.
Hop on the Metro
If you plan explore Montreal I suggest parking your car and just use the Metro is very convenient and easily accesible. A lot of the major sights in the city can be reach by Metro and if it is raining like the day we're in Montreal it's nice shelter from the rain. Get a day pass it will cost $9 (can) and you can use it all day and also good for bus transfer
I GOT THE MAP
Construction began in May, 1962 and was engaged before Montreal was chosen as host of the 1967 World Fair (Expo '67, held in the summer of 1967). Regardless of the fair, the city badly needed a mass transportation system, projects dating back to 1910.
You really need to know a little bit of french, but basically the usage of the underground is quite easy!;)
THE METRO WORKS!!!
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM), was inaugurated on October 14, 1966, during the tenure of Mayor Jean Drapeau. Originally consisting of 26 stations on three separate lines, the Metro now incorporates 65 stations on four lines, serving the north, east and centre of Montreal Island with a connection to Longueuil via the Yellow Line and, soon, Laval, originally to be completed in 2006, but now scheduled to be inaugurated in 2007. The metro system serves 284 million riders a year.
Something funny, in the wagons people do not look at you in the eye, something very weird among us brazilians!
If you have ridden on the subway in Boston or New York, you will be amazed at how quiet the Montreal Metro is. The trains run on rubber wheels, eliminating nearly all of the ear-splitting din common in other subway systems. The Metro is extremely clean and efficient, the trains running in both directions every few minutes. It is the most convenient and economical way to get around the city as there are Metro stops nearly everywhere anyone could want to go.
To ride the Metro you must purchase a ticket. Tickets are sold in singles or in strips of 6. Buying 6 is not only more economical--you get two of them free if you go by the single ticket price--but it will also help you avoid waiting in line as often. Tickets are fed directly into the turnstiles at the Metro entrance. I found that getting the turnstile to accept the ticket and turning the mechanical arm simultaneously a bit tricky, getting myself stuck more than once--much to the annoyance of the attendants. However, if you are less clumsy that I am you should be fine! Tickets are sold in Metro stations and at many retail stores. Maps of the Metro are available in most hotels and at Metro stations.
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