NEW ENTRY REQUIREMENT (MARCH 15, 2016)
Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exÂ¬empt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. This regulation becomes manÂ¬datory March 15, 2016. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.
The eTA is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for five years or until your passport expires. Applying for an eTA is a simple and inexpensive (CAD 7) online process that will take just a few minutes. Most eTA-eligible applicants will get their authorization within minutes of submitting the onÂ¬line form.
For more information or to see if you need to obtain an eTA, visit:
MontrĂ©al-Trudeau International Airport: Accessible and Efficient
The MontrĂ©al-Trudeau International Airport â€“ just 20 minutes from downtownâ€”is served by more than 30 airlines travelling to some 130 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and North America.
MontrĂ©al-Trudeau simplifies your travel experience:
- Extensive international and American network of routes Modern infrastructures
- State-of-the-art check-in technologies
- Free Wi-Fi
- Less than 20 minutes from downtown
- Minimum wait times and maximum efficiency
VIA Rail offers several daily trips from various Canadian cities to MontrĂ©al, or to the MontrĂ©al-Trudeau Airport, in Economy or Business Class with Wi-Fi service available on board.
Amtrak offers passengers travel from the United States to MontrĂ©al, linking from many cities on the American East Coast, including New York and Boston.
The OrlĂ©ans Express bus offers departures every hour from downtown MontrĂ©al to QuĂ©bec City (3 hours), and every two or three hours from downtown to MontrĂ©al-Trudeau Airport.
The SociĂ©tĂ© de Transport de MontrĂ©al (STM) offers tourists passes valid for a one, three or seven-day period, allowing them unlimited access to its bus and mĂ©tro (subway) network.
Rates for adults (subject to change):
1 trip: $3.25
1-day card (24h): $10
3-day card â€“ consecutive: $18
Unlimited week-end (from Friday 6 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m.): $13
The STMâ€™s 747 shuttle bus from the airport to downtown is an economical choice at just $10 per person.
For more details on the bus and mĂ©tro (subway) network, visit the STM website.
TheÂ Agence MĂ©tropolitaine de Transport (AMT)Â offers 6 commuter train lines:
- Deux-Montagnes Line
- Vaudreuil-Hudson Line
- Saint-JĂ©rĂ´me Line
- Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line
- Candiac Line
- Mascouche Line
For more details on the train network and fares,Â visit the AMT website.
Taxis are an inexpensive and comfortable way to get around MontrĂ©al. Youâ€™ll find taxi stands at most hotels and major commercial centres. Itâ€™s always easy to hail a cab on main streets or you can ask your hotel concierge to call a taxi for you.
Cost of a taxi ride (subject to change):
- Cost at the start of a ride: $3.45
- Taximeter rate: $1.70 per kilometre
- Cost for waiting: 63 cents per minute
For transportation between the airport and downtown, there is a flat rate of $43 per trip, which takes about 20 minutes.
Major car rental companies have offices at the airport and throughout MontrĂ©al so renting a car is a breeze.
Private car service with a chauffeur is also available with several companies offering transfer services with a driver or driver/guide. Check with your hotel concierge for these services.
In MontrĂ©al, the flat rate for limousine transportation between the airport and downtown runs from $55 to $60 per trip, which takes about 20 minutes.