From the Airport
If you Bring a Car
Montreal has one of the nicest, most efficient subway networks in North America,
and you will most likely make good use of it on your visit. STM runs the metro
and the buses, so tickets, transfers, and passes are interchangeable.
One Ticket 2.50$, pay as you ride
Six Tickets 11.00$, buy at metro only
Weekly Pass 18.00$, buy at metro only (valid Monday-Sunday)
are valid for at least 1 hour, but can only be used for the
opposite means of transportation that gave you the transfer, i.e. the transfer
you get from the bus driver (you may have to ask for it) can be used for the
metro only, not another bus, and vice versa for the transfers you take in the
metro. However, all the metro lines (green, orange, blue, etc.) are linked so
that you can transfer from one to the other on the same ticket.
If you will be in Montreal for the whole week of Worlds,
we recommend you buy a Weekly Pass. If you will only be here for part of the
week, buying Six Ticket strips will be the cheapest means of travel. If at the
end of the week, you have extra metro tickets, feel free to drop them in the
lost+found box, so some local players can use them.
Mon-Fri, Sun 05h30-00h30
airport <-> montreal
Trudeau airport (formerly Dorval):
have a fixed rate of 28$ to anywhere in the downtown area, and
it takes only 15-20 minutes to UQAM Residences. Tipping 10% is customary. Be
sure you have Canadian money, though some cab companies accept credit cards.
It's a good idea to point out the 28$ flat rate to make sure he doesn't switch
on the meter. L'Aérobus
service is also very convenient and costs only 12$. About 45 minutes
ride, get off at Central Station (Berri)- the last stop- which is two blocks
from UQAM Residences. Thirdly, you can take public transit, but you'll need
to make a few difficult, time-consuming transfers, so we don't recommend it.
Mirabel airport (for overseas travellers):
Mirabel is much further from the city than Dorval, so taxis will cost upwards
of 80$. L'Aérobus
services Mirabel to Downtown, but only runs once per 3-5 hours,
and takes about 90 minutes. Unfortunately this is your best option for getting
to and from Mirabel. From Mirabel, get off at Central Station (Berri-UQAM),
which is a short walk to the UQAM Residences. Fees are $22 one-way, $33 return
ticket (both ways). Connaisseur buses
is another option, but their schedule
is inconsistent, so you'll have to call for your date of arrival: 514-931-9002.
Fees are $22 one-way, $33 return ticket (both ways).
if you bring a car...
Right turn on red is not allowed on the island of Montreal.
Street signs generally tell you which way you *can* turn, rather than
which way you can't. You'll see arrows marked with a green circle.
Most urban streets are one-way, which may complicate navigation.
Parking in the city is very difficult. Carefully read all parking signs-
they can be very confusing, and are only in French, so learn your days of the
When traveling within the downtown area, we recommend using public transport
or your feet.
When driving in the downtown area, expect street kids to "offer"
to clean your windshield. You can often wave them off if you don't want their
service, but if you do nothing they will clean it and expect a small tip ($.50
to $1.00 is plenty).