Why visit Montreal, Canada
The city of Montreal is the largest in Quebec, and is located on an island in the Saint Lawrence River. Montreal is named after the triple-peaked hill, Mt. Royal, which lies at the heart of the city.
A fun fact about Montreal is that it is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world. (Paris is the biggest). Note though that many people in Montreal are bilingual, especially in the downtown area.
Things to do in Montreal
Visitors to Montreal can spend time walking around the pretty area of Old Montreal, or explore the Underground City. This is the name for the interconnected office towers, galleries, shops, hotels, library and rail stations which are accessed via underground passages.
Don’t miss a visit to the Notre-Dame Basilica; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; the Montreal Botanical Gardens; the Montreal Biodome (a nature centre that has displays revolving around four ecosystems); or the Old Port of Montreal for shopping and other activities.
Best time to visit Montreal
The best time to visit Montreal is from March to May and September to November when the weather is mild and the hotels are more available than in summer.
Expect to pay
The currency in Montreal is the Canadian dollar.
You can expect to pay around AUD$3.67 on average for a regular coffee when you visit Montreal.
Arriving in Montreal by plane
Your flight to Montreal from Australia will land at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (also known as Montreal-Trudeau Airport, and previously as Montreal-Dorval International Airport), which is about 16km from the CBD.
A number of airlines run flights from Australia to Montreal, including Qantas, Air Canada, China Southern and Air New Zealand.
Australians visiting Montreal should apply for Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) prior to their arrival in Canada. This can be done online.
Transportation to city centre
A taxi from the airport into the city centre generally costs just under $40 and takes about 25 to 40 minutes. If you’d prefer alternative transport, you might decide to book your car hire or airport transfers online.
Where to stay in Montreal
There are 19 boroughs to choose from in Montreal when it comes to booking a hotel or other venue. You might like to consider the cobblestoned streets of French-colonial Vieux-Montreal (which has the Notre-Dame Basilica at its centre); the industrial-style Sud-Ouest (South West); or the artist area of Plateau.
If you’re after the most affordable accommodation for your time in Montreal, consider booking a hotel online.
For more details on travelling to Montreal, please visit Smart Traveller, a trusted source of information.
Please note: all information is correct as of June 2016.
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