Montréal, Canada (CA)
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:
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.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
You can freshen up in the Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge in the International Departures area:
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.
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.
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
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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