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Making the most of Montréal

When in Montréal make sure to take advantage of this metropolis of the province of Quebec which has a well-deserved reputation as one of the liveliest cities in North America and was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006.
Famous for its extensive culture such as the Place des Arts and a variety of museums, festivals and art galleries as well as a rich colonial history dating back to the 16th century.
Montréal is also considered a culinary capital with everything from five-star restaurants to legendary local diners and food trucks, however no visit is complete without trying the classic Poutine. Why not discover the city’s unique stories and see the best attractions while enjoying flavourful food by going on a Local Montreal Food Tour, followed by breathtaking views from La Grande Roue de Montréal?

If you want more tips from the locals, here are the top 10 things to do and see when visiting Montréal or visit Tourisme Montréal.

 

Getting around

By taxi
Taxis are available outside the airport and hotels. A trip from the airport to downtown Montréal (or vice versa) will cost you a flat rate of $40.00. You can also flag one down on the street.
By metro and bus
The public transportation system is very fast and convenient. The Metro (underground subway) typically operates between 5:30am to 1:00am. The bus route is also very extensive and could also be an option. There is also an express bus that services the airport (747 Express Bus). A one-way fare card, which is valid for 24 hours costs $10.00. For more information on the public transportation system, please visit www.stm.com
By bike
The city has 350 km of bike paths criss-crossing its territory, including natural parks and suburbs. Use a Bixi bike to get around. This public bike sharing system can be a great way to get around the city at the cost of 24 hours is $5.00. For more information visit their website at www.bixi.com.
By foot
Montréal is a very walkable city and you will see many people out on the streets. It is safe and enjoyable both in the downtown core and in Old Montréal and the Old Port area. Crossing the street on a red light or in the middle of a block can result in a “jaywalking” fine.

 

Good to know

French is the official language but English is widely spoken. Your cellular phone will work in Canada, however Montréal has hundreds of free Wi-Fi connections in the city, not to mention hotels, the convention centre, along with restaurants and cafés, so there is no reason for visitors to incur additional roaming charges. The electric current is 110V and the plugs are the same as what is found in the US. If you come from a country that uses 220V electricity you will need an adaptor or converter.