Montreal Visitor Information
Some practical information to make your trip fun and simple!
Weather & What to Wear
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The monetary system in Canada is based on dollars and cents. Foreign currencies may be readily exchanged at banks, your hotel front desk or at currency exchange bureaus located throughout the city. Bank debit or credit cards are the most convenient means of getting cash at the many 24-hour automated banking machines (ATMs). Many businesses will accept U.S. currency and traveler's cheques, and almost everyone will accept major credit cards (Visa, Master Card, and American Express). For current rate of exchange information, please visit: http://www.bank-banque-canada.ca.
Banking hours in Canada are 8:30am to 4:30pm., Monday to Friday, with extended hours including weekends at some locations. Main branches of Canadian chartered banks, particularly in major centres, are equipped to exchange foreign currency. Several major European and foreign banks have offices in Montreal, and will handle some foreign currencies directly, check with your bank for details.
Most banks have automatic teller machines (ATMs), which can be accessed 24 hours a day, using bank or credit cards on major international banking networks such as Cirrus, Plus and Interac.
Tax & Tipping
Most goods and services in Quebec are subject to two taxes, a federal Goods and Services Tax of 5% (usually listed as TPS on receipts – Taxe sur les produits et services) and a provincial sales tax of 9.975% (TVQ on receipts – Taxe de vente du Québec). An accommodation tax of 3.5% per night of hotel stay is also charged.
Books are not provincially taxed, and groceries are not taxed at all unless something counts as ready-to-eat. Almost everything else is taxable.
Gratuities are seldom included in Canadian restaurants. A tip of 15% is customarily left for waiters and waitresses at the table.
Electrical current is the same in Canada and the United States: 110 volts AC at 60 Hz
See below for outlet shape.
Montreal is a bilingual cosmopolitan city. Quebec's language laws put restrictions on outdoor signs in languages other than French so you will see few signs in English, but in the parts of Montreal where most travellers go, such as the downtown area, services are available in English as well as in French.
Visitors are not covered by Canadian health insurance plans. Check with your personal medical plan before leaving your home country to ensure you have adequate traveling insurance. Delegates are urged to take out insurance to cover loss incurred in the case of cancellation, medical expenses and damage to or loss of personal effects whenever traveling outside of their own country.
Smoking is not permitted by law in public areas, on public transit, in shopping centres, in restaurants and bars including terraces (patios), in public office buildings. A 9-meter smoke-free distance is obligatory from the entrances of public buildings like schools, government buildings, libraries. Vaping is reckoned as the same as smoking, legally.
The island of Montreal uses the 514 area code. Areas outside of the island of Montreal such as, Laval, the North Shore, the South Shore use the care code 450. You will need to dial all ten digits of the phone number to be connected to a phone call (e.g. 514-222-1234). A local call from a phone booth costs 50 cents.
Montreal is in the Eastern time zone of North America, 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time during the summer (Eastern Daylight, EDT).
For more information on Montreal, visit the Tourism Montreal website at http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/
Travel to Montreal
An international destination of choice, Montréal is easily accessed by land, water and air.
If you are arriving by air, you will be flying into Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) Downtown is a mere 25 minutes from the airport. Please visit http://www.admtl.com/en for more information.
Central station is located in downtown Montreal and offers routes to over 450 Canadian towns and to many American destinations. Please visit http://www.viarail.ca/en/explore-our-destinations/stations/quebec/montre... for more information
If you wish to drive into Montreal, the followings are the highway distances to Montreal:
- Quebec: 257 km/ 160 mi – 2 hr 50 min
Ottawa: 204 km/ 127 mi – 2 hr
Toronto: 546 km/ 340 mi – 5 hr 20 min
Boston: 512 km/318 mi – 5 hr
New York: 608 km/ 378 mi – 6 hr
For more information see the Travel page
Getting to Downtown from YUL Airport
The Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), located approximately 20km (12.43 miles) or 25 minutes from the center of the city. After arrived at the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), there are various options for attendants safely and smoothly travel to downtown Montreal.
Airport Bus 747 Express
The 747 bus line service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and downtown Montréal (corner of Berri and Sainte-Catherine - Berri-UQAM métro station).
Travel time may vary between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions
The fare is $10 for unlimited travel throughout the STM bus and métro network and is valid for 24 consecutive hours.
Taxi rates from the airport to the city center are fixed at $40 and meter to other destinations with a minimum charge of $17. It is customary to tip the driver anywhere from 10% to 20%, with 15% being the average.
Getting Around in Montreal
Montrealers love to walk and in fact, it is one of the best way to explore the city’s vibrant neighbourhood. Many major downtown hotels are located with 5 – 30 minutes walk from the 29th INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY in Palais de Congrès de Montréal.
By Public Transit
The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) offers tourists passes valid for one or three- day period, allowing them unlimited access to its bus and metro(subway) network.
Rates for adults as per January 2017 (subject to change on June 2018):
- 1 trip: $3.35
1- day card (24hr): $10
3- day card – consecutive: $ 18
You can flag a taxi down on the street. You’ll also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels.
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Montréal is a bike- friendly place, which offers 350 kilometres of bike paths criss-crossing its territory, including natural parks and suburbs. There are several bike paths lead to the heart of touristic areas, to make exploring the city easier.
Public bicycle stands are available to cyclists outside metro stations as well as on major streets. During certain weekday periods and at all times on the weekend, bicycles are allowed in the first car of the metro train.
From April to November, this services allows citizens and tourists to borrow a bike from one station and re- dock the bike at another station close to their destination (40 stations, providing 5,200 bikes)
Want to learn more about what there is to see, do, and eat in Montréal? Visit the Montréal Tourism website.
Montréal is an island in the Saint Lawrence River that was inhabited by Iroquois First Nations for thousands of years before it was colonized by the French in the early 1600’s. It is now the largest city in the province of Québec and the second most populous city in Canada. Montréal celebrated the 375th anniversary in May 2017.
Food in Montréal
Food plays an important role in the culture of Montréal – from five-star restaurants, to neighbourhood diners, to food trucks featuring flavours from around the world, there is something for everyone. While you’re in town, why not try some local dishes to see what all the fuss is about! Montréal Tourism offers suggestions on where to try the famous Montréal bagel, Montréal smoked meat, and the city’s best poutine (French fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy). If you like beer, be sure to check out one of the city’s many microbreweries too!
ICAP 2018 is sandwiched between two major celebrations. Saint Jean Baptiste Day is observed annually on June 24 to celebrate the rich history and culture of French Canadians. Those of you who arrive early for the congress will be able to take in Le Grand Spectacle (the big show) featuring well known Québec artists, watch the impressive parade down Rue Saint-Denis, and join in the many festivities taking place across the city. If you’re planning to stay after the congress, you’ll be able to join us in celebrating Canada Day on July 1. Check out the exhibits, performances, ceremonies, and of course, fireworks celebrating the anniversary of Canada’s confederation.
Montréal has many wonderful museums. Take advantage of your time in the city to enjoy an immersive experience of the Universe in cutting edge 360° domes at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, to learn how science and technology are shaping our lives at the Montréal Science Centre, to admire the 41,000 works from antiquity to the present day at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, or to check the plants and animals from five ecosystems of the Americas at the Montréal Biodôme.
Festival International de Jazz de Montréal
Jazz lovers rejoice! This year’s Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is taking place June 28 to July 7. Founded in 1979, it is the largest jazz festival in the world with more than 3,000 musicians and street artists from around the world. And best of all? Most of the shows are free of charge! Unwind after a day of learning at ICAP 2018 or spend some quality time with new friends and colleagues by taking in the festivities in the Quartier des spectacles, a 15 minute walk away from the Palais des congrès.
Since 2012, Montreal has been home to The Mural Festival – an international celebration of street art. Every year, the festival brings together a variety of artists who contribute to the cities increasing number of murals and public art installations. Take some time to wander down the revitalized Saint Laurent Boulevard to experience the incredible and varied works that have been created.