Travelling to Montreal

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Travel by air

Montreal is served by Trudeau International Airport (formerly Dorval). The airport is approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) west of downtown Montreal. Buses, limousines and taxis provide quick, efficient shuttle service between the airport, the major hotels and the City Centre Air Terminal. A taxi from Trudeau Airport to downtown Montreal costs $38.00 CDN plus tip.

There is a shuttle service called Aerobus Shuttle that runs every 20 minutes from 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily, linking Trudeau Airport to the Montreal Central Bus Station and major downtown hotels. A complimentary shuttle service is also available between the Montreal Central Bus Station and major downtown hotels. Tickets for the Aerobus Shuttle may be purchased at the following locations:

  1. Airport ticket kiosk on the ground level
  2. Montreal Central Bus Station (Berri-UQAM métro-subway station)

For information on the shuttle’s fares and schedules, call (514) 842-2281, or click here.

Travel by train

Montreal's main train station, Gare Centrale, is below the Queen Elizabeth Hotel on the corner of boul. Rene-Levesque and rue Mansfield, and is entered at 895 rue de la Gauchetière ouest. The station is the major terminus for Canada's VIA Rail trains from Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, Québec and the Gaspé as well as US Amtrak trains from Washington and New York. The Bonaventure Metro station links it with the rest of the city. An international student card (ISIC) gets 40 percent off regular train fares; but even if you don't have one you can still get a discount by booking six days in advance to get 30 percent off return-trip fares and 20 percent off one-way tickets.

Travel by bus

The terminal for all major bus lines is the Station Centrale d’Autobus Montreal, located at 505 de Maisonneuve Est, corner of Berri street. From there you can take a taxi to the university or take the metro (subway). The Berri-UQAM metro is right below the terminal and one of Montreal’s main subway stations, interconnecting all the lines. Take the Green Line marked “Direction Angrignon” and get off at the McGill station, a couple blocks south of the music school.


For more information, visit the McGill Travel Services Site.