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Traveling to Montreal

Montreal Skyline From The Old Port

photo: Stephan Poulin, Montreal Tourism

Driving To Montreal:

An island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, Montreal is a one- hour drive north of the Vermont/New York Border and five hours east of Toronto. Quebec City is two and a half hours away. The nation’s capital, Ottawa, is an hour and a half to two-hours drive.

Montreal by Air:

Most major airlines serve Montreal’s Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. It’s a $35.00 cab ride to downtown. Depending on traffic, the trip will take between 40 minutes and one hour. If your French is weak, it’s best to write down the name of your destination.

Montreal Airport Transportation:

The Aerobus Shuttle runs to city center (777 De La Gauchetiere, at University) and to the city's intercity bus station centrally located above the Berri-UQAM metro (subway) station via a number of downtown hotels. It departs roughly every 20 minutes from 7 AM to 1 AM. Tickets are $14.00 one way, available at the ground level arrivals.

Public Bus #204 east leaves from outside departures (ground level) every half hour to the Dorval train station. From Dorval, transfer to an express bus #211 or 221 to the Lionel-Groulx metro or a commuter train (Montreal - Dorion line) to downtown Windsor station and the Vendome metro.

Montreal By Train:

Amtrak operates a scenic, nine-hour train service from New York’s Penn Station that follows the Hudson River and Lake Champlain from $62.00 each way.

Via Rail offers service from all over Canada. From Toronto, six daily trains run downtown to downtown in four to five hours. Four trains run daily between Montreal and Ottawa (a two-hour trip). There are three trains from Quebec City (three hours each way) and one daily (except Tuesdays) from Atlantic Canada. The first class Via Rail service from $79.00 each way includes a hot meal, wine and chocolate truffles.

Montreal By Bus:

Trailways and Greyhound have daily buses from major US and Canadian cities, while Coach Canada serves most Canadian points and Buffalo, NY to Montreal via Toronto.

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