Montreal’s main aviation facility is the Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), which welcomes in flights from all over the world. Transiting passengers can make use of the information desks, the free WiFi, the ATMs, bureau de change services, the restaurants, bars, duty-free shopping, and the Internet kiosks. You’ll also find children’s play areas, and public telephones.
Buses and shuttles are the main public transport options, with taxi companies also serving the terminals. Taking a taxi the 20km into the downtown area will run you a fare about 40CAD ($41).
From Australia there are a number of carriers flying to Montreal, such as Air Canada, Virgin Australia, Qantas, American Airlines, Delta, United, and WestJet.
Why visit Montreal?
Montreal is one of Canada’s best cities; being part of Quebec, this French-speaking city harkens back to a European tradition that has resulted in a fascinating cultural scene. You’ll find excellent restaurants, lots of great bars and nightclubs, as well as a host of excellent museums and art galleries. However, along with its French flair, you’ll find that city is undeniably Canadian, with skiing, baseball, hockey, and every maple flavoured treat you can think of. Come to Montreal, a city that manages to blend both its worlds with aplomb.
Things to do in Montreal
One of the best ways to get situated in this city is to head to its highest point Mount Royal, where you can look out at the city, and see the spires and spikes of the churches that populate this Catholic-founded city.
Montreal has some wonderful museums too, make your way to Museum of Fine Arts which frequently holds award winning exhibitions. Or head to the Chateau Ramezay Historic Site and Museum of Montreal for a look back at the past.
Perhaps even book a Cirque du Soleil show, a troupe of extraordinary acrobats that started their world-class show in Montreal, and have become the largest theatrical producers on earth.
Montreal is a rollicking city at night if you know where to go, and that is down by the old dock, where there are tons of bars and clubs you can while away the wee hours in. Grab a bite to eat in one of the many excellent restaurants in the Downtown Area, or in the Plateau.
If you want to get away from the general hustle and bustle, then make for the West Island, where you can look out across the Lawrence River, and chow down on lobster rolls and throw back a cocktail.
Best time to visit Montreal
· Montreal has very distinct seasons, with hot and sunny summers (June to August) freezing, snowy winters, and rainy springs, and crisp autumns. So depending on what you’re hoping to do in this city will determine when you visit. The summers are fantastic for events in the city, whilst the winters are ideal for skiing. Autumn however is the most beautiful month, with the leaves turning red, and averages highs of 20°C.
Arriving in Montreal by plane
· You will almost always be directed through Vancouver (YVR) or Los Angeles (LAX) for flights to Montreal.
· Canadian Dollar (CAD).
· Australians are eligible for entry into Canada using the electronic travel authorisation (eTA), visa waiver program. Go to the Canadian government website or check the Smart Traveller information page on Canada for further details.
Please note that information is correct as of December 2016
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