Travelling to Montreal

Air Travel & Airport Bus and Taxi Service

Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is situated in Dorval, about 20 km west of downtown Montreal. YUL is a major hub for Air Canada, which in combination with many other airlines provides flights to many national and international destinations. The airport is serviced by the 747 bus to and from downtown Montreal ($10). A taxi from downtown to YUL costs $40, before tip.

It is also possible to fly to and from the Burlington International Airport (BTV) which is just 2 hours south of the border in Vermont. The Montreal to Boston Greyhound bus route goes directly to the BTV airport.

Bus Travel

The main bus station, Gare d’autocars de Montréal, is situated near the Latin Quarter on Berri between Maisonneuve and Ontario [closest Métro/subway stop: Berri UQÀM]

Train Travel

The main train station, Gare Centrale, is located at 895, rue de la Gauchetière Ouest between Mansfield and University [closest Métro/subway stop: Bonaventure]. It mainly provides ViaRail train service to destinations outside of Montreal. The station also has Amtrak trains that run to and from New York City via Boston.

Car Rentals

To compare car rental prices visit: Most rental companies charge a surplus for renters under the age of 25 and quoted prices often do not include insurance. Companies may or may not offer unlimited kilometres..

Travel Tips

Passports are required for all international travel, including the US.

Travelling to Canada

Last year Canada changed its travel requirements for visa-exempt foreign nationals, who now need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to or transit through Canada. Exceptions include U.S. citizens, and travellers with a valid Canadian visa. Canadian citizens, including dual citizens, and Canadian permanent residents cannot apply for an eTA. Click here for information.

The average temperature in Montreal in March is -3°C or 25°F and both rain and snow are possible. Please plan accordingly.

U.S. Travel

Following President Donald Trump’s signing of the Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” on January 27, significant changes were made to U.S. Immigration policy. The situation is still unfolding so if you are planning on travelling from or through the U.S. we advise you stay informed of any new developments that could impact your trip. Please be aware that the rules and their interpretation by customs and immigration officials and by airlines may change with little notice. Be mindful that your entry into a foreign country is made at the discretion of the immigration officer at the border or airport.

We encourage you to contact us if you encounter any problems regarding your travel plans.

Please see the following statement by McGill’s Principal and Vice-Chancellor Suzanne Fortier.