The choices of transportation are endless for getting to Montreal. The city of Montreal can be reached by highways, trains, buses, and there are also several airports service the city of Montreal. This makes Montreal accessible from the U.S.A., Europe, and the rest of Canada.
Getting to Montreal by Air
Montreal’s main airport is Pierre-Elliot Trudeau International Airport. This airport is commonly known as Montreal-Trudeau and its previous name used to be Dorval International Airport. Its international Airport code is YUL. Many of the world’s major airline companies fly into Montreal through this airport. Montreal’s other airport, Mirable is very rarely used.
Getting to Montreal from the airport
From the airport, you have several choices getting to downtown Montreal. Taxis will charge a fixed rate of around $45 plus tip to take you from the airport to downtown Montreal. The airport shuttle, known as l’Aerobus will bring you from the airport to downtown Montreal, stopping at Montreal’s central bus terminal, commonly known as Station Central d’Autobus. You can also use public transportation thanks to Montreal’s 747 express bus, which travels from the airport to downtown Montreal.
Montreal’s 747 express bus
Featuring nine stops in each direction, the 747 service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year between Montreal’s central bus terminal (Berri-UQAM metro station) and Montreal-Trudeau airport. Buses on the 747 route are equipped with three luggage racks for the convenience of travellers. The $8 fare is payable in cash aboard the bus – coins only, bills are not accepted. It also provides travellers with a transit pass valid on the STM bus and metro network for the next 24 hours.
Getting to Montreal by car
If you are arriving to Montreal by car, then there are two possibilities. New York State’s I-87, which is Canada’s route 50, will take you from New York City to Montreal. US I-89 eventually becomes route 133 in Canada and then becomes Highway 35 Eventually Hwy. 10, which leads directly to downtown Montreal. If traveling from Massachusetts, you can follow I-91 until it becomes route 55 which eventually becomes route to. From Boston, you have several options, including I-93, I-89 and Route 133. If you are coming from anywhere in Canada, they are several TransCanada highways available across the city from several popular Canadian cities such as Toronto and Ottawa.
Getting to Montreal by train
Canadian trains are run by VIA rail and US trains are operated by Amtrak. All of these train companies will bring you into Montreal’s main railway station, commonly known as the Gare Central or central station, which is located behind the Fairmount Queen Elizabeth hotel. Montreal’s central station is also connected to the underground city and to the Bonaventure Metro station.
Getting to Montreal by bus
Montreal’s central bus station, known as Station Centrale d’Autobus handles all Greyhound, and other long-distance buses from Canada and other US cities. The central bus station has connections to the Beri-UQAM Metro station. Buses from New York City to Montreal take approximately eight hours while buses from Boston take seven hours. Buses from Québec city and Ottawa take about 2 hours while buses from Toronto take five hours.