Getting in and around

Getting to Montreal


Montreal is served by the Pierre Eliot Trudeau Airport (YUL) located about 40 minutes from downtown. You can take a taxi from the airport to downtown for a flat rate of CAD $40.
You can also use Montreal public transportation system (STM). The 747 bus line runs between the airport and Berri-UQAM metro station, making a few stops near Concordia on the way. The fare is CAD $10 (one way) which includes a pass for unlimited use of STM metro and bus services for 24 hours. You can purchase the pass at an STM machine inside the airport terminal (cash/credit/debit) or on the bus (coins only).


Several bus companies offer inter-city bus services to Montreal. Most buses from cities in Québec, Ontario and the New York state arrive at Gare d’autocars de Montréal, located at Berri-UQAM metro which is 5 stops away from the conference venue. Although Gare d’autocars is the primary terminal for inter-city buses, different companies use different terminals (for example, Megabus from Toronto arrives at Bonaventure metro station). Most bus terminals are connected to the Montreal public transportation system.


Inter-city trains operated by Amtrak (US destinations) and ViaRail (Canadian destinations) arrive at Gare Centrale (Central Station). Gare Centrale is connected to Bonaventure and McGill metro stations.

Getting around – Montreal Public Transportation

Montreal has a fairly extensive metro and bus system, operated by Société de transport de Montréal (STM). A single trip ticket is CAD $3.25 which includes unlimited transfers between metro and buses within 2 hours from the start of the trip. Depending on how many days you stay in Montreal, you may want to consider purchasing a 3-day pass for CAD $18. This pass gives you unlimited trips for 3 consecutive calendar days from the date of the purchase, including trips on the 747 airport bus. Tickets and passes can be purchased at a vending machine (cash/credit/debit) or at a ticket booth (cash) in every metro station.
STM transit fare types
STM metro map