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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: $22-32
  • Supermarkets, markets, fast-food restaurants: $30
  • Bixi bike rental, 24 hours: $5
  • Movie tickets: $12
  • Double room in a B&B: $130-180
  • Two-course dinner with glass of wine: $60
  • Theater ticket: $40
Top end (more than)
  • Boutique hotel room: $200-350
  • Table d’hôte (fixed-price, multicourse meal) in deluxe restaurant with wine: $80
  • Canadiens de Montréal hockey ticket: $200


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Getting to Montréal

Most travelers arrive in Montréal by air. Located west of downtown, Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport has frequent connections to cities in the US, Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa and the rest of Canada. It’s easy to drive to Montréal from elsewhere in Canada or the US if you have the time, or take the train or intercity coach from cities such as Toronto or New York.

Flights, cars and tours can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Montréal

Bus Buses cover central parts of the island with well-marked routes. They run from 5am to 1am, with separate night services.

Metro There are four lines, blue trains and unique rubber wheels. Trains run approximately from 5am to midnight and until 1:30am on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bicycle The city’s popular Bixi bike-rental system has more than 450 stations, covering central and outlying areas. There is an extensive network of bike paths too.

Boat Good for day trips to Parc Jean-Drapeau and cruises on the St Lawrence River.

Walking Subway stations are fairly close in the city centre; save a little cash by walking if you only need to go one stop.

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