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Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Montréal is served by Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (www.admtl.com), known in French as Aéroport Montréal-Trudeau, or simply as Trudeau Airport. It’s about 21km west of downtown and is the hub of most domestic, US and overseas flights. Trudeau Airport (still sometimes known by its old name, Dorval airport) has decent connections to the city by car and shuttle bus.

Transport Options

Bus

Bus 747, the cheapest way to get into town, takes 45 to 60 minutes. Buses run round the clock, leaving from just outside the arrivals hall and dropping passengers downtown at the Gare d’Autocars and the Berri-UQAM metro station, in the Quartier Latin. The $10 fare can be paid by Visa, MasterCard or cash at vending machines in the international arrivals area, or tickets may be bought on board (coins only, exact change). Your ticket gives you unlimited travel on Montréal's bus and metro network for 24 hours.

Car

Driving to or from downtown takes 20 to 30 minutes (allow an hour during peak times). As you exit the airport, follow signs for Autoroute 20 Est, which will take you into the heart of downtown along the main Autoroute Ville Marie (the 720).

Shuttles

Several hotels run shuttles from the airport to downtown or further afield. Autocars Skyport runs express shuttles to the Mont-Tremblant ski resort in winter and summer.

Taxi

It takes at least 20 minutes to get downtown from the airport and the fixed fare is $40. Limousine services ($55 and up) are also available.

Bus

Most long-distance buses arrive at Montréal’s Gare d’Autocars.

If buying tickets here for other destinations in the province, allow about 45 minutes before departure; most advance tickets don’t guarantee a seat, so arrive early to line up at the counter.

Long-Distance Bus Lines

Galland Laurentides Provides bus service from Montréal to Mont-Tremblant and other destinations in the Laurentians.

Greyhound (www.greyhound.ca) Operates long-distance routes to Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Boston, New York City and other points throughout Canada and the United States.

Limocar (www.limocar.ca) Offers bus service from Montréal to the Eastern Townships.

Moose Travel Network (www.moosenetwork.com) Popular with backpackers, this network operates several circuits around Canada, allowing travelers to jump on and jump off along the way. Pickup points are in Montréal, Québec City, Ottawa and Toronto, among other places. Destinations within Québec include Mont-Tremblant and the Gaspé Peninsula.

Orléans Express (www.orleansexpress.com) Makes the three-hour run between Montréal and Québec City.

Car & Motorcycle

All the major international car-rental companies have branches at the airport, main train station and elsewhere around town. Auto Plateau is a reputable local company.

Kangaride is a reliable online ride share agency. A sample fare is around $15 to Québec City.

Train

Canada’s trains are arguably the most enjoyable and romantic way to travel the country. Long-distance trips are quite a bit more expensive than those by bus, however, and reservations are crucial for weekend and holiday travel. A few days’ notice can cut fares a lot.

Gare Centrale is the local hub of VIA Rail, Canada’s vast rail network, which links Montréal with cities all across the country.

Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) provides service between New York City and Montréal on its Adirondack line. The trip, though slow (11 hours), passes through lovely scenery along Lake Champlain and the Hudson River.