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Montreal's metro system is an inexpensive, easy mode of travel around town. They have some very interesting stations too. Most have some kind of art - sculptures, mosaics, stained glass, murals...and one (Square-Victoria) even looks like a Paris metro station entrance.
This is also a good place to enter the underground city (souterraine in French), which has shops, restaurants, and many services available so that you never need to go outside. It is the largest underground complex on the planet and connects not just shopping malls and metro stations but businesses, apartment buildings, and even McGill University.
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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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Coolest metro ever says the comic guy.
The Monrteal metro system, while not huge compared to other large cities, is really cool. The stations themselves are beautiful and have varying designs to them.
To ride the Metro, it costs about 2 bucks or so but I suggest you buy a pack of tickets and use those (11 bucks for 6 tickets).
Some stations like Lionel Groulx, Monk, and Bonaventure have awesome cavernous interiors. I suggest exploring them and then hopping back on the metro to go to some place!
The metro is quiet, clean and relatively safe. Metro Vendom tends to be the roughest station, but as long as you don't go looking for trouble, you should be ok.
The Montreal transport community used to be called "Societe de Transport Communautaire de Montreal" which is abbreviated to STCUM....that always made me laugh (put a hyphen between the ST and the CUM part...ah, never mind then!) . Seems someone finally clued in and it's now called STM ( the almagamation of smaller cities to Montreal may have helped too.)
The Montreal Metro is very much like Paris. There are about 4 different lines, each one colour-coded. The train name is the last destination in that direction, so if you want to go to a certain stop, look at the name of the last stop on the line to know which direction train to get on.
If you're there for a week, there's a pass, but it's only good Sunday midnight to Saturday night. Unlimited use on bus or metro. By the way, the metro stops around midnight!
Getting on with cash is funny. You line up for the ticket counter. You give the person your $2 for one ticket. You move forward 2 inches and put the ticket in a dish. You then walk through the free-turning turnstile.
Metro and bus
In Montreal, the bus and metro is 2,25$ for a ticket but you can buy some touristic card, if you want to go in Longueuil, you have to pay 2,85$ from the Longueuil Metro station or the Bonaventure Metro Station (RTL). Montreal has a good public transportation system.
Easy, safe and clean
The subway system in Montreal is so easy, so safe and so clean. 5 lines (and soon enough a sixth one to go to Laval) to go east and west without any worries about parking or fuel. "Le Métro" is also very cheap if you compare with many other big city in the world. It's always a unique amount for short or long distance. And you can take what we call a correspondance to take the bus to another place.
If you go on the web site of the STM below, you will find all the infos for the ticket/pass prices, the map of the subway system, all the subway lines and bus lines, and so much more.
The Métro is the best way to go around this beautiful city and it is part of the largest underground network in the world.
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Getting Around: By Bus and Metro
Public transportation is easily the best and cheapest way to get around. The Métro (subway) is clean, quiet (it runs on rubber wheels), and safe, and it's heated in winter and cooled in summer. Métro hours on the Orange, Green, and Yellow lines are weekdays 5:30 am-12:58 am, Saturday 5:30 am-1:28 am, and Sunday 5:30 am-1:58 am. The Blue Line runs daily from 5:30 am to 11 pm. Trains run as often as every three minutes on the most crowded lines--Orange and Green at rush hours. The Métro is also connected to the 29 km (18 miles) of the Underground City. Each of the 65 Métro stops has been individually designed and decorated; Berri-UQAM has stained glass, and at Place d'Armes a small collection of archaeological artifacts is exhibited. The stations between Snowdon and Jean-Talon on the Blue Line are worth a visit, particularly Outremont, with its glass-block design. Each station connects with one or more bus routes, which cover the rest of the island. The STCUM (Société de Transport de la Communauté Urbaine de Montréal) administers both the Métro and the buses, so the same tickets and transfers (free) are valid on either service. You should be able to get within a few blocks of anywhere in the city on one fare. At press time rates were: single ticket $1.85, six tickets $7.75, monthly pass $44.50. Visitors can buy a day pass for $5 or a three-day pass for $12. They're available at some major hotels, at Berri-UQAM and some other downtown stations, and at Info-Touriste at place Jacques-Cartier.
Free maps may be obtained at Métro ticket booths. Try to get the Carte Réseau (system map); it's the most complete. Transfers from Métro to buses are available from the dispenser just beyond the ticket booth inside the station. Bus-to-bus and bus-to-Métro transfers may be obtained from the bus driver. For more information on reaching your destination call the Société de Transport de la Communauté de Montréal (514/288-6287).
The métro, which I don't use...
The métro, which I don't use except when I am very hurry. I prefer buses. You'll find anything you want to know in Montreal's central metro station (Berri-UQAM). Here is the métro Guy. I took the picture fromthis site: http://www.emdx.org/rail/metro/
Check out the web site link to get info about public transportation in Montreal. The best way to get around is to purchase a tourist pass that allows you to ride the subway and buses on an unlimited basis for a predetermined time period.
Metro in Montreal
It takes you to almost all the places in Montreal, it´s safe and easy way to know the city. The buses are also good, or you can walk to most of the places, too. Bikes are really popular in Montreal as well.
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.
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.
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.
Don't buy a Tourist Card!
Montreal's Metro is fairly limited but the bus system is very elaborate and you can certainly get most anywhere on mass transit. The main tourist area is easily explored on foot but it's nice to use the bus to get to outlying areas. The three day Tourist Card is a rip off. You can get a weekly pass for the same price and with it, you can walk through the entrances by swiping the card whereas the tourist card must be shown to the guy at the ticket booth, a real pain when it's busy.
The Metro is the BEST way to...
The Metro is the BEST way to get around down town Montreal and most of Montreal. It is inexpensive public transporation, and the Metros are also FAST. They have tickets that you can buy (less expensive then paying cash) that are are transferable for the bus and the Metro. Every bus and Metro stop has places to get a correspondence ticket so that you don't have to pay twice if you switch from Metro to Bus or vice Versa.
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