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Montréal is an international destination of choice, easily accessed by land, water and air (downtown is a mere 20 minutes from the YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport).
Coming to Montréal by car is made easier by the various highways and bridges leading right into the city centre. Did you know that Montréal is an island and it’s just 75 kilometres (46 miles) from the U.S. Border and right on the Trans-Canada Highway? Depending on your point of origin, you may take one of the major bridges—Champlain, Jacques-Cartier or Victoria—or the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine bridge-tunnel to head downtown. Canada uses the metric system, so speeds are indicated in kilometres (100 km/h = 62 mph) and gas is sold in litres (3 3/4 litres = 1 US gallon). Keep in mind that you can’t turn right on red in Montréal or use a hand-held cell phone while driving.
If you are planning a trip by bus, rest assured that many American and Canadian operators come to Montréal. You will arrive directly downtown at the Montréal Bus Central Station, which is also connected to the Underground Pedestrian Network via the Berri-UQAM metro station.
The VIA Rail network connects many major cities to Montréal, and it is by far the easiest way to access downtown. You can choose from 17 daily departures from the Gare centrale, which also gives you access to the Bonaventure metro station, taxi, car sharing, bus, BIXI bike rentals and the Underground Pedestrian Network. You can bring your bike on certain VIA Rail trains too. If you are coming from the United States, the Amtrak trains usually offer daily departures from many American cities to downtown Montréal.
You’ll certainly appreciate that LINK YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport – https://www.mtl.org/en/transport/yul-aeroport-international-montreal-trudeau – is located just 20 minutes from downtown. To ensure that you travel in a safe and healthy environment and in preparation for the resumption of flights, Aéroports de Montréal added new measures and launched the “Travel with Confidence” program.
Upon arrival, you’ll find everything you need, including tourist information and various options for making your way to the heart of the city: car rentals, limousine and taxi service, as well as airport shuttles. The 747 Express bus operates 24/7/365, costs CAD 10 and will get you to one of the nine downtown stops in 40 to 60 minutes (depending on traffic). If you take a taxi, a trip downtown will cost you a flat rate of CAD 41, tip not included.
Arriving by boat or by cruise ship has become an increasingly popular way to get to Montréal. Every year, thousands of cruise passengers choose Montréal as their cruise starting point or destination. In 2017, Montréal inaugurated a freshly updated passenger terminal at the Grand Quay of the Port of Montréal in the Old Port of Montréal. Several marinas host private vessels along the St. Lawrence River and elsewhere.
The biggest part of Canada has a continental climate, although average winter and summer high temperatures across Canada vary according to the location. Winters can be harsh in many regions of the country, particularly in the interior and Prairie provinces, which experience a continental climate. In these areas the daily average temperatures can be near -15 degrees Celsius (5 degrees Fahrenheit) but can even drop below -40 degrees Celsius (-40 degrees Fahrenheit) with severe wind chills. In noncoastal regions, snow can cover the ground almost six months of the year.
In Montreal in September, daily high temperatures are typically between 53°F and 82°F. Daily low temperatures remain between 39°F and 68°F.
For most places in Canada, standard tipping at places that provide services will run you about 15 to 20 per cent. In Quebec (the province Montreal is located), tipping culture is slightly different, with tipping standards nearing 25 per cent to show appreciation for good service and food.