Travelling to Montreal
Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL, www.admtl.com) is some twenty kilometres to the west of the city centre. Handling nearly 13 million passengers, it is the main airport in Québec province, number three in Canada as well as the central hub and headquarters of Canada’s biggest airline, Air Canada. Every day, Montreal has arrivals from Lufthansa/Air Canada, British Airways, Air France/KLM, Swiss, United and Delta.
Travel in the city
The fastest 24/7 connection into the city is the Airport Express Bus 747, which, like the underground network, buses and collective taxis (taxis collectifs) are operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM, www.stm.info). The airport shuttle and off-peak day cards (from 10 am) cost 10 Canadian dollars (6.80 euros), a single ticket costs 3.25 dollars (2.20 euros). The metro network consists of four lines with 68 stations and will continue to be developed up until 2020. The "Métro Montreal" app combines all public transport info. Taxi drivers use their guests’ lack of local knowledge to take detours that make fares rocket. The official rates are available here: ville.montreal.qc.ca. A journey from the airport in to the city is set at forty Canadian dollars (27 euros), between the airport and cruise terminal it’s 53 dollars (36 euros). With 5200 bikes and 460 stations, BIXI (montreal.bixi.com) is North America’s largest bike sharing system. Driving is not recommended, the condition of the roads is poor, there are building works, blocked roads (routes barrées) and one-way streets are countless. Parking spaces are limited and expensive.
Since summer 2016, Canada has introduced an Electronic Travel Authority (eTA), which can be applied for online for a fee of seven Canadian dollars, at www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp – it is usually issued after a few minutes.
On 24 June, Quebec celebrates its national holiday. Canada follows suit on 1 July. There is a country-wide celebration of Labor Day on 4 September. At the end of June, Montreal holds the annual celebration of the world’s largest jazz festival with more than 3000 artists (www.montrealjazzfest.com).
In summer, the city sizzles at 25 to 28 degrees Celsius, while in winter temperatures fall to minus 35 degrees in the snow. The Weather Channel app provides accurate information. Montreal is regarded as a safe big city; however, at night, the Rue Notre-Dame Quest, Verduns Wellington Street, Charlevoix and the north of Montreal should be avoided.
In Québec, all prices are net. Six percent Federal Value Added (TPS) and 7.5 percent province tax (TVQ) is added to this. In restaurants and bars, for hairdressers and taxis, tipping 15 percent is standard – and expected.