Founded in 1642 by French colonists, Montréal is both the 2nd largest city in Canada and the 2nd largest French-speaking metropolis in the world. A place of contrasts, with glass towers standing aside historic stone buildings, both French and English spoken throughout the downtown core, a vast network of cycling paths and urban parks amidst the bustle of modern city life, Montréal offers a secure, dynamic and exciting location for all seasons.
From the cobbled streets of charming Old Montréal to the movement and activity of the modern downtown, the gorgeous views from magnificent Mount Royal Park, the cosmopolitan diversity of citizens and neighbourhoods plus an exhilarating and diverse nightlife, the city offers an endless selection of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs open to all tastes and budgets for visitors and locals alike. Come to Montréal and experience the magic yourself!
How to Get There
All international and domestic flights arrive at Montréal at the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport (airport code: YUL, formerly Dorval Airport), situated 25 minutes from the city centre. The Montreal Transit Corporation (STM) offers the 747 Express, a direct bus service from the airport to downtown Montreal ($8 CAD). Taxis are also readily available at a fixed rate of $38 CAD + tip.
For discounted flights, please contact SOL'EX:
Montréal's Gare centrale (Central Station), with connections from New York or Washington, is also a major stop for domestic trains from eastern or western Canada. The downtown station is conveniently connected to the Bonaventure underground métro (subway) station by a pedestrian passageway. Bus travelers arrive right downtown at the Montréal Bus Central Station which is also connected to the métro (Berri-UQAM station).
Montréal is only 47 km (29 miles) from the New York border. The New York State Thruway (I-87) becomes Route 15, and U.S. I-89 becomes two-lane Route 133, which joins Highway 10 to Montréal. From I-91 in Massachusetts, highways 55 and 10 lead to Montréal. Visitors coming to Montréal from eastern or western Canada use highways 20 and 40. Québec speed limits are in kilometres (100 kmh equals about 62 mph). Gasoline is sold in litres (3 3/4 litres equals 1 U.S. gallon).
General Information on Montréal and tips for travelers:
Montreal Botanical Garden
Montreal Contemporary Art Museum
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Welcome to Mount Royal