Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as the Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to Canada. This regulation becomes mandatory 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 ($7 CAD) online process that will take just a few minutes. Most eTA-eligible applicants will get their authorization within minutes of submitting the online form.
For more information or to see if you need to obtain an eTA, visit: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp
Montréal-Trudeau International Airport: Accessible and Efficient
The Montréal-Trudeau International Airport – just 20 minutes from downtown — is served by more than 30 airlines travelling to some 130 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and North America.
- 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 Montréal, or to the Montréal-Trudeau Airport, in Economy or Business Class with Wi-Fi service available on board.
Amtrak offers passengers travel from the United States to Montréal, linking from many cities on the American East Coast, including New York and Boston.
The Orléans Express bus offers departures every hour from downtown Montréal to Québec City (3 hours), and every two or three hours from downtown to Montréal-Trudeau Airport.
The Société de Transport de Montréal (STM) offers tourists passes valid for a one, three or seven-day period, allowing them unlimited access to its bus and métro (subway) network.
Rates for adults (subject to change):
- 1 trip: $3.25
- 1-day card (24h): $10
- 3-day card – consecutive: $18
- Unlimited weekend (from Friday 6 p.m. to Monday 5 a.m.): $13.75
The STM’s 747 shuttle bus from the airport to downtown is an economical choice at just $10 per person
The Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT) offers 6 commuter train lines:
- Deux-Montagnes Line
- Vaudreuil-Hudson Line
- Saint-Jérôme Line
- Mont-Saint-Hilaire Line
- Candiac Line
- Mascouche Line
Taxis are an inexpensive and comfortable way to get around Montréal. You’ll find taxi stands at most hotels and major commercial centres. It’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 Montréal 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 Montréal, the flat rate for limousine transportation between the airport and downtown runs from $55 to $60 per trip, which takes about 20 minutes.