How to get around in Montreal?

How To Get Around In Montreal?

What are the best ways to get around in Montreal?

How to get around in Montreal? One of the most common question when traveling to a new city. Figuring out how to get around efficiently and cost effectively is important when traveling to a new city. Visiting a new city can be a ton of fun, but pricey if you don't know your way around. We have created a list of some of the most popular transportation options available in Montreal during your sports trip. Plan the ultimate trip with the help of our travel experts and don't get caught unprepared when traveling to a new city!

How to get around in Montreal

The most effective ways of getting around Montreal would either on foot or by using their public transportation. Weather can be brutal in the winter months during the Montreal Canadiens season, so walking might not be a great option then. Montreal does offer easy-to-use and cost effective public transportation if there’s too much snow or if your feet have just gotten tired. The most popular tourist area, Old Montreal, is best explored on foot or bike.

How to get around in Montreal?

# of Montreal Airports: 1

  1. Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

How to get to and from the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is the largest airport within the province of Quebec and the most commonly used for tourists traveling to Montreal. This international airport is one of the busiest in Canada serving 20,305,106 passengers in 2019. 

Located just 20 kilometers from Downtown Montreal, it is quite easy to get to and from YUL. If you are flying in for a Montreal Canadiens game be sure to leave your self-plenty of time, traffic around any major airport can be unpredictable and you don’t want to be late to the game!

Below are your best available options for how to get to Downtown Montreal from YUL so you can start your sports getaway!

∙ Public Transit: You can get to downtown Montreal by bus, along the 747 bus line. Your total transportation time is about 45-60 minutes. The bus would cost you $10 CAD and provides you 24 hours of access. Keep in mind being that it is a city bus service there wouldn’t be that much room for luggage. If you wanted to take this method of transportation it can only be accessed at the airport's central bus terminal. 

∙ Taxi: Taking a cab from the airport to downtown Montreal may be your best bet in terms of convenience. Taxis from YUL are priced by the meter, but it is just a 30 - 40 minute drive and generally costs between $35 - $50 CAD, depending on traffic of course. Montreal has plenty of individual cab companies, which help make getting a cab an easy task. Though with that being said it is recommended that you call a company ahead of time to avoid the hassle of flagging one down. Taxis can be found at the arrivals level near the central exit, where there are airport staff who can assist you. 

∙ Sedan Service/Limo: You pay for the added luxury of riding in a limo in Montreal, with a fixed fare of just $58 or $63 for a trip to the downtown core from YUL. The companies have options at your disposal including classic limos, sedans, SUVs and buses. Similar to a cab this option is just a 30 minute drive to downtown Montreal, of course dependent on traffic. 


∙ Rental Car: Be sure to ask your Elite Sports Tours representative to secure a rental car for you before your trip! YUL offers many different car rental options, including Enterprise, Budget and National. The rental car companies can be located at the ground floor of the multi-level parking facility across from the terminal. 

∙ Ride Sharing: Both ride sharing giants Uber & Lyft service YUL to downtown. Ride sharing combines ease with affordability making for a perfect option when choosing how to head to Montreal from the airport. The ride takes just 30 minutes and you can expect it to cost from $22 to $30 CAD, though this of course can vary depending on time of day, etc. If you are going to request a ride from Uber or Lyft, you will find them located at the arrival exit, door 7.

∙ Airport Shuttles: There are various hotel in downtown Montreal that offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from YUL for their guests. Be sure to ask your Elite Sports Tours representative about your hotel’s shuttle service, if applicable. Pick-up times can be coordinated by communicating your flight information with your hotel.

For getting to Downtown Montreal from YUL we recommend taking an Uber or Lyft. The new way of transportation offers you ease of service combined with affordability. Alternatively, you are looking to save some money, the 747 bus to downtown is also a great option if you are packing lightly. 

Airport (YUL) to Downtown Montreal

Here is a list of options on how to get around in Montreal:

  • Walking
    • Although the city itself is large, and the neighborhoods are fairly spread out, within the more popular neighborhoods it is very easy to navigate on foot such as Old Montreal, which we think should be entirely explored on foot.

  • Metro
    • 68 stations marked by blue and white signs above ground.
    • 4 color-coded lines with plottable routes

  • Rideshare
    • Uber

  • Bike
    • BIXI - Montreal’s bike sharing program

  • Bus
    • 220 bus lines
    • Will bring you to areas the metro does not cover
    • Fare: $3.25 CAD, $10 for unlimited day pass

  • Taxis
    • Can be difficult to hail on the street, best to get one at a hotel.

These are some of the best transportation options when trying to figure out how to get around in Montreal.

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