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Getting around the airport

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Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport lies 20km west of the city of Montréal, and is the main transport hub and HQ for Air Canada.

It's a sometimes overstretched airport with an easily navigable layout. It has one main terminal building and three concourses leading from it:

  • Concourse A: Domestic flights, accessible through Checkpoint A
  • Concourse B: International flights, also accessible through Checkpoint A
  • Concourse C: US-bound (transborder) flights, accessible through Checkpoint B

Usefully, if you're flying to the US, you will clear US Customs and Border Protection before boarding, saving you long waits upon landing. However, travellers have reported long wait times when arriving from international flights, so be aware that you may have to wait in the airport longer than you planned.

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Getting into Montreal

Take the 747 bus service

There are no trains going to Montréal Airport, though there are plans for a light rail line to the airport. However, that won't open until at least 2020, so for now, the bus is the best option, and the service is good.

Bus

There are four public transport bus routes from the airport, run by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM). The most convenient is the 747 airport line, taking you to downtown Montréal in 45-60 minutes.

The service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the airport and the central bus station (Gare d'autocars de Montréal - Berri-UQAM métro station), with seven stops in between. Buses run every 10-12 minutes at peak times, and every 30 or 60 minutes at off-peak times. Free Wi-Fi is available on most buses.

Your ticket gives you unlimited travel throughout the STM bus and métro network for 24 hours.

Cost: CAD 10 for a 1-day-pass (you can also use a 3-day, weekend, weekly or monthly pass) 
Buying tickets: Vending machines in international arrivals area (cash or card) or on the bus (exact coins only)

Taxi

It's a fixed rate to downtown Montréal, and a journey time of around 30 minutes.

Cost: CAD 40 flat-fare to downtown (plus 10-20% tip) - other journeys are metred, with a minimum fare of CAD 17
Location: 
Arrivals level, near the central exit

Going further afield?

You can take inter-city trains to Ottawa, Toronto and Quebec from the nearby VIA Rail station in Dorval. A free shuttle bus runs there regularly from the airport.

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Book Priority Security Screening

Handy, free service

To avoid queues at security screening, book a time slot at the dedicated SecurXpress screening checkpoint. Using the form on the airport's website, you will be assigned a time to arrive at the SecurXpress checkpoint at which point your screening will be expedited. The service is free but you must have an SMS-enabled mobile phone (network fees apply).

You can book online here for up to five people within 24 hours of the scheduled departure time: http://www.admtl.com/en/flights/secure_express

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Skip long queues

Online check-in for European flights

Montreal Airport schedules the majority of European flights overnight, so airlines may be checking passengers in for a variety of flights. Travellers have reported hour-long waits to check-in for their flights. Save yourself the bother and check in online, which will allow you to skip the line and head straight to luggage drop-off.

Airlines offering mobile and web check-in include Air Canada, Air France, Air Transat, British Airways, KLM, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Swiss, and Westjet.

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Fantastic Beer and Good Food

Archibald Microbrewery

 Looking for a cold brew and decent food? Then the Archibald microbrewery is the place to visit at Montreal airport.

  • Archibald Microbrasserie
    Location: airside, next to gate 51
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Eat well at the airport

Bijou Resto Bar

If you’re looking for an upscale but casual restaurant while you’re at the airport, head to the Bijou Resto Bar at the Marriott Hotel by the domestic terminal. They offer great tapas and nice selection of draft and local craft beers.

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Lounges

Mostly Air Canada

These lounges are available to relax or work:

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Cost: USD 50, free to members.

Airside, Domestic Departures, Gate 5. Cost: USD 50, free to members.

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Cost: USD 50, free to members.

Airside, US Departures, Gate 73. 

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge
Cost: USD 50, free to members. 

Airside, International Departures, Gate 52. 

National Bank World Mastercard VIP Lounge
Cost: Available for Priority Pass members and free to National Bank World or World Elite MasterCard cardholders. 

Airside, International Departures, between Gates 52 and 53. 
Hours: 05:00-23:00. 

Air France KLM Lounge
Exclusively for Business Class passengers of these airlines, as well as Flying Blue Gold and Platinum and SkyTeam Elite Plus members travelling to an international destination.

Airside, International Departures, Gate 57. 

Note: If you're in the US Departures area, you can't go to the other lounges. But you can stop in the Domestic Departures on the way to International Departures (but you can't go back again). 

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Showers

In one lounge

You can freshen up in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in the International Departures area:

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Travelling with baby or infant

Nursing rooms and priority at security

Most toilets in the terminal have adjacent nursing rooms, equipped with a sink, chair, changing table, and in many cases, a microwave oven.

Passengers travelling with an infant or young child are also given priority at security screening checkpoints A and C in Departures.

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Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel

Sleep without leaving the airport

The Montreal Airport Marriott is connected to the airport via the US Departures terminal. Travellers consistently comment that the rooms are modern, comfortable, and quiet. Rooms start at 220 CAD per night, and you’ll have access to an on-site spa, a well equipped fitness centre, a restaurant, and a heated indoor pool with a view.

For something a little more low-key, try Aloft Montreal – it’s two minutes from the airport which you can get to with their free 24-hour airport shuttle. Free Wi-Fi, fitness centre, and loft-style guestrooms for 139 CAD per night.

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Massages

Relax and unwind

Grab a massage after a long day of travelling. Three YUL Spa locations are available.

Location: Airside - Domestic Departures, Gate 5, International Deparatures - Gate 52 and Transborder Departures - Gate 80

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Save on Your Car Rental

Lowest Price Guaranteed

You'll find car rental counters in the Arrivals Hall, and can rent from the following companies:

Alamo: +1 514 633 1222 

Avis: +1 514 636 1902

Budget: +1 800 363 8111

Dollar: +1 514 631 5567

Enterprise: +1 514 631 4545

Hertz: +1 514 636 9530

National: +1 514 636 9030

Thrifty: +1 514 631 5567

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Plane Spotting

Locations

Jacques-de-Lesseps Park, inaugurated in 2012, provides aviation enthusiasts with one of the best possible vantage points for observing the runways at Montréal–Trudeau.

The park is located on ADM-owned land facing runways 24-L and 06-R, at the intersection of Halpern and Jenkins streets.

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