The system opened in 1966 and now has four lines, 73 stations and rush hour frequency less in less than 3 minutes and off peak probably averaging every 6 minutes. Stations have places marked in yellow identifying where to stand where the doors will open. There are large boards that indicate how many minutes until the next train arrives.
Passes are sold by the trip, day and we purchased a three day pass from vending machines that took credit cards in English & French. We were given OPUS contact- less smart cards to place above turnstiles that incorporate a reader. There were attendants in most stations and frequently stores or shops in the station or attached in the mall. We heard notification in the cars of the upcoming station ahead.
The cars and stations were new, bright, clean, efficient and appeared well maintained; but I'm from NYC. Metro maps were in the stations on the cars & we were given some with attractions marked at different stops.
Getting around Montreal was relatively easy. The metro was easy to figure out and I'm saying this as a person who is not accustomed to using public transportation. The only problem was that they close around midnight, so plan accordingly.
I found the Montreal metro nice and clean and well labelled, easy to get around on
The sign was sort of reminiscent of the Metro in Paris
Montreal has a nice metro system that gets you close to all the major tourist sites. fares are $2.50 Cdn or free with the Museum card.
Some subway/metro systems are very utilitarian or even dingy. Not so in Montreal. You'll find all sorts of wonderful art displayed at many of the stations.
30 km of undergrown tunnels in Montreal. In winter people dont wear coat sometimes. That how it is convenient.
Montreal sits on an island 40 km long and 15 km wide. The best way to travel through the city is the metro
One day tourist pass = 7$, for 3 days : 14$, 6 tickets = 8.25$ -
They can be used in metro and bus (see the website of STCUM).
After a day of walking in the city, you will maybe be happy to take the comfortable Metro. It's quick (no traffic jam …) and safe.
The Montreal Metro is excellent. Very clean and convenient. There are maps available everywhere for the Metro system.
The easiest way around Montreal is to head down and use the Metro. If your planning to stay in the city pickup a day pass and tour around and around as long as you like. Good value too.
Preferably any way except by car (especially during rush hour)
the metro is efficient
Picture is of Ben and me (again). Sorry - there isn't a whole lot of pics of Montreal itself...
between the Metro and your own two feet, you can get anywhere in Montreal. Very clean and I thought efficient.
Poeple are always on the move and mind their own business in the metro stations. It is not a place to meet new friends!!!