Bienvenue to Montréal!

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An irresistible blend of European charm and North American effervescence, Montréal's architecture enchants the visitor with its harmonious contrast of old and new.

With some 3.7 million inhabitants and 80 distinct ethnic cultures, Montréal is a resolutely international city. A world leader in a wide range of industries, including aeronautics, information technology and biotechnologies, the city is also renowned for innovation in medicine, multimedia and the arts.

Getting around the city on a day-to-day basis is hassle-free. Its streets, underground pedestrian network and subway system are safe and easy to navigate. The best way to get to know the city is on foot, through any one of its many colourful and vibrant neighbourhoods—diverse expressions of the inhabitants’ joie de vivre. Montréalers are naturally charming and quite often multilingual, always ready to strike up a conversation and share a moment of friendship.

This spontaneous hospitality has made Montréal the site of many exciting international festivals, which — much like the city and its inhabitants — are a manifestation of pure passion!

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Travel to Montréal

By Air: The Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (PET) is 20 minutes (40 minutes in traffic) from downtown Montréal, which is where the Hilton Montréal Bonaventure is located. Taxis and limousines ensure quick service to and from Montréal’s downtown core.

Taxi fare to downtown Montréal from the airport is $38 CDN; limousine service is $50 CDN. Please note that these prices are subject to change. As an alternative, bus shuttles to downtown Montréal leave regularly from the airport.

The Express bus 747 is a public transit bus that runs between the airport and downtown Montréal (Central Bus Station) 24 hours a day, approx. every 30 minutes. It makes several stops on René Lévesque Blvd. near major downtown hotels. For the exact schedule and trajectory map, please visit: http://www.stcum.qc.ca/english/bus/planibus/747.pdf.

You must purchase a public transit Fare Card that can be used on all city bus and métro lines:
$7.00 24-hour pass
$14.00 72-hour pass (3 consecutive days)
All fares include taxes and are subject to change without notice.
Tickets can be bought at the airport's currency exchange counter in International Arrivals, at the Central Bus Station, or at the Infotourist Centre at 1255 Peel Street. You may also pay on board the bus but you must have the exact change in coins.

By Train: Montréal's Gare centrale (Central Station), with rail connections from New York or Washington, is also a major stop for domestic trains from eastern or western Canada. The downtown station is conveniently connected to Bonaventure underground métro station by a pedestrian passageway and is approximately one kilometre West of the Palais des Congrès. Bus travellers arrive right downtown at the Montréal Bus Central Station which is also connected to the métro (Berri-UQAM station).

Climate - Montréal's climate varies a lot over the year. Temperatures can be cold in Montréal in October/November, but not necessarily unpleasant, especially if you're prepared. Visitors to Montréal in October/November should be prepared for a variety of temperatures. Pack clothing that can be layered: long sleeve shirts, sweaters, jacket, long pants, comfortable shoes, boots and an umbrella. Expect rain about 10 out of 30 days.

  • Average October temperature: 9ºC / 48ºF
  • October average high: 14ºC / 57ºF
  • October average low: 4ºC / 39ºF
  • Average November temperature: 7ºC / 45ºF
  • November average high: 11ºC / 52ºF
  • November average low: 1ºC / 30ºF

Taxes - Most goods and services in Québec are subject to two taxes, a federal Goods and Services Tax of 5% (GST, usually listed as TPS on receipts) and a provincial sales tax of 8.5% (TVQ on receipts). Taxes are included in taxi fares, but not as a rule on prices shown on restaurant menus or on retail items.

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