A city of culture and history, Montréal is the cultural and economic center of Quebec and the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, next to Paris. Montréal has a population of approximately 1.9 million, with over 4 million people in the surrounding metropolitan area. The weather in Montréal is humid and continental, with four distinct seasons: mild springs and falls, hot and humid summers, and snowy, cold winters. Montréal is also far enough north that the “compass points” of the city are different than anywhere else in the world. From downtown, locals refer to the St. Lawrence River as “south,” where Mount Royal is “north,” meaning that Montréal’s “East End” is actually in the north, and the “West Island” to the south. Needless to say, chartering a bus from services like Metropolitan Shuttle is a great way to get around Montréal without confusion.
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Transportation in and Around Montréal
Getting into Montréal by plane means arriving by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL), just west of the city. Travel from the airport to the city can take up to an hour, because of traffic conditions. The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport is served by all the major US Airlines, as well as Air Canada, WestJet, and Air Transat. YUL also has many trans-Atlantic and other international flights. Taxi service from the airport costs a fixed fee of $40 Canadian, with many taxi drivers taking only cash on arrival. The STM Airport Express also offers bus service between the airport and the city of Montréal twenty-four hours a day.
Travelers to the city by train will find themselves in Montréal Central Station (Gare Centrale), where VIA Rail Canada shuttles passengers along the border between Quebec and Ontario. Several trains a day run to Ottowa, Toronto, and Quebec City, with “express deals” frequently posted on Thursdays. Amtrak’s “Adirondack” service also runs to Montréal from Chicago and New York.
As with many metropolitan areas, Montréal’s downtown area is friendly to foot traffic, although the sidewalks can become slippery during the winter months. The districts surrounding downtown Montréal are surprisingly accessible by foot, and taxi service is readily available on the streets. Montréal also features a public bus system, but during rush hour and peak operation times, the buses can get very crowded, with many transfers needed to get from one destination to another.
Travel by car can be particularly challenging during the winter months, as heavy snowfalls are common and winter driving can be treacherous. The downtown streets of Montréal can also be confusing, as many of them are one-way. A charter bus from services like Metropolitan Shuttle can easy many of the troubles of getting around Montréal.
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