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Your Getaway to Montréal

Learn all you need to know about your next getaway to Montréal! With everything from the best time to travel to airports!

Airports

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Montréal-Trudeau International Airport: Accessible and Efficient
Montréal-Trudeau just 20 minutes from downtown—is both accessible and efficient. Offering 24/7 service, it is a world leader in new check-in technology, which minimizes pre-boarding waiting times and expedites baggage processing. The airport’s modern facilities feature a broad choice of shops and restaurants, and its efficient design requires passengers to walk only a short distance within the terminal, making the overall travel experience as easy as possible. A truly international hub, Montréal-Trudeau is served by more than 30 airlines travelling to some 130 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, the Caribbean and North America. In order to accommodate projected growth, intensive expansion plans are already underway. These include the extension of the international and domestic check-in area and the addition of six new international gates.

Why you should choose Montréal-Trudeau:
•Extensive international and American route network
•Modern infrastructures
•State-of-the-art check-in technologies
•Free Wi-Fi
•Less than 20 minutes from downtown
•Highest standards of operational efficiency and traffic fluidity

Currency

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Canadian currency is the dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. There are 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 dollar bills. One and two dollar bills have been replaced by coins, sometimes referred to as "Loonies" (the bird on the $1 is a loon) and "Toonies" ($2).

Language

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French is Québec’s official language but English is widely spoken in Montréal. The city has more than 120 cultural groups and over 20% of the population speaks three languages.

Tipping

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Service is not included in restaurants, so it is customary to add a 15% tip to the total before taxes (if you’re with a group, 15% for service may be automatically added to your bill). Taxi drivers, hairdressers, etc. are also normally tipped 15%. Bellhops, porters, doormen, etc. generally receive at least $1 per suitcase or per service rendered.

Transportation

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An international destination of choice, Montréal is easily accessed by land, water and air. Downtown is a mere 20 minutes from the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport, which handles some 600 flights daily. Public transit is not only affordable, it’s also a great way to get around the city. Quick, safe and clean, the metro connects downtown to major tourism attractions, as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations. In addition, cycling enthusiasts enjoy 450 kilometres of bicycle paths, many of which lead to major tourist areas.

Weather

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The weather in Montréal varies from -8.9°C (16°F) to 22.3°C (72.1°F) depending on the season, so visitors are encouraged to check the forecast before packing.

Average Montréal temperatures
 

High °F

Low °F

 Month

High °C

Low °C

22

7

January

-5

-14

26

10

February

-3

-12

37

20

March

3

-7

53

34

April

12

1

66

46

May

19

8

75

56

June

24

13

79

61

July

26

16

77

59

August

25

15

69

50

September

21

10

55

39

October

13

4

43

29

November

6

-2

29

15

December

-1

-9

53

36

Year

12

2