In addition of being the largest city in the province of Quebec, Montreal is easily the most multicultural metropolis in Canada, if not all of the Americas. It keeps strong marks of its French origins but has welcomed people of so many backgrounds it has become truly cosmopolitan. As night time falls, an orange glow coats the city, and Montreal's vibrant nightlife comes into motion.
Canadian Dollar: 1 CAD = 0.75 USD or 0.69 EUR
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday 09:00 - 18:00
Thursday to Friday 09:00 - 21:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 15:00/16:00
Monday to Friday 08:00/08:30 - 17:00/17:30
11:00 - 14:00 and 19:00 - 23:00
Tourist Information Centre of Montreal
1255 Peel Street
(corner of Sainte-Catherine Street West)
Montreal area: +1 514 844 5400
Feel the grandeur of skyscrapers as you walk the broad streets of downtown Montreal. Beyond its French heritage, Montreal is a metropolis built on cultural synergy. From Little Italy to Chinatown, the philosophy of Montreal has always been to celebrate all cultures cohabiting within it, and no other city has done it better. Montreal has a free spirit, one that its residents uphold, and confers a powerful energy. Don't be surprised if, after a few hours only, you catch yourself smiling like a true Montrealer.
From long shopping streets and cute neighborhoods to glossy and huge modern buildings, Montreal's cityscape offers as much variety as its population. City of the 100 bell towers, it has not rejected its past, and one can still encounter old religious buildings such as the beautiful Saint Joseph’s cathedral or the stunning Basilique Notre-Dame.
At night, the city awakens to a new energy, and there is always something to do: festivals, fireworks, nightclubs, and more restaurants than one can count, just to begin with.
From historical landmarks to atmospheric neighborhoods to lose yourself in, Montreal could very well be one of the coolest places on earth. There is enough to do and see to fill up an entire holiday, and every season brings its own charm. Frozen lakes in winter leave way to flowery mounts in spring, and sunbathing in the summer disappears into the maple colors of fall. Whether you choose to use the incredible public transport network, walk, or ride a bicycle, you are sure to enjoy a break in Montreal.
In a city where cultures mingle as harmoniously as in Montreal, and where the French influence remains strong, one can only expect an incredible gourmet scene. Expectations are more than met in this cosmopolitan megalopolis, and one can savour everything from street food to fine delicacies.
Splurge on traditional Poutines, have a French dinner that may taste even better than in France or try eats from all over the world. The food here is usually well-served and genuine, from all origins and prepared with love.
Montreal has cafes at nearly every corner. Some neighborhoods never disappoint, one good area to wander through in search for a cosy cafe or small eatery is Plateau Mont Royal. Avoid the big brands and scout the city for hidden gems and individual cafes. There is always a good excuse to stop for a nice cup o'Jo or some sweet treats, especially in a city like Montreal.
As night falls, Montreal gains new vibrancy with its large variety of authentic bars, musical performances, and frequent festivals. Head to the Old Port of Montreal and check out Terrace Bonsecours to dance the night away. One can also take things at a slower pace and relax in a lounge or a jazz bar. Music lovers will find an abundance of music bars, while the rest hits the streets in search for the best cocktails in town (the options here are practically endless).
There is an incredible amount of opportunities to shop for nearly anything under the sun in Montreal. And with an entire underground network of stores, hotels, and even offices nicknamed "Underground City", the cold of the winter is no excuse. Huge malls can be found throughout the whole city, but chances are Montreal will win you over with its nice markets, vintage stores or small local boutiques boasting of true Montreal style.
There is an active bus service between the airport and the central bus station: the 747 bus line, which runs 24/7. The average travel time is between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. The fare allows for unlimited travel for 24 hours. The ticket can be acquired through dispensers on the international arrivals level at the airport.
Apart from buses, it is possible to hire a cab to downtown or a limousine. Additionally, most hotels offer shuttle services which can be ordered via their own website, or at the airport. You can also check the services of a car rental company for more flexibility.
Trains also service the airport with Canada's national passenger rail service called VIA Rail Canada. They offer intercity connections, and a free minibus service to travel to Dorval and the Montreal-Trudeau Airport. You can also check out the regional bus shuttles for other cities.
Address: 1100 Boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest, Montréal
Phone: +1 514 394 7200
Société de transport runs most of the bus and metro lines within the city of Montreal.
The metro system website has a trip planner and various maps that can assist with your daily planning. The first metro train usually starts around 5:30 in the morning, the last one is between 00:30 and 01:00 on Friday and Saturdays, and earlier the other days. Metro lines are color coded and directions are indicated using the name of the last stop on the line.
Buses are also available all over the city. A one-way ticket is the only ticket type that can be bought on board the buses, if you have exact change. If you continue a single ride from the metro onto a bus, the same ticket is valid. When switching from bus to metro or from one bus to another, ask the driver for a free slip.
Several types of tickets exist and can be purchased at vending machines or stations. If you are staying for an extended period of time, purchase a rechargeable Opus card for convenient fare payment.
You can either hail taxis in the street or book one in one of these agencies:
+1 514 273 6331
+1 514 725 9885
+514 271 1111 / +1 514 273 2435
You can usually buy stamps in post offices of Canada Post or in pharmacies and drugstores. Mail boxes are red.
Address: 1974 Saint-Catherine St W, Montreal
Phone: +1 514-846-5387
Pharmacies are relatively easy to locate and some operate 24/7. Two addresses that work on a 24-hour basis are:
305 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal
Pharmaprix (Shoppers Drug Mart)
5122 Côte-des-Neiges Rd, Montreal
Country code: +1
Area code: 450 & 579
2 flat pin plug