The charm of the Old World filled with Montreal’s New World lively energy.
Montreal is the second biggest city in Canada, and the biggest in the province of Quebec.
Since many cruises start or finish in Montreal, it is the perfect opportunity to spend a few days and enjoy the fresh summers and multiple activities. The friendly city has a distinct French and English flavor and is renowned for its summer festivals.
Some of the major ones are the Jazz fest, Osheaga, Les Francofolies, Montreal Firework Festival, Divers/cité 2014, Montreal Beer Fest, Just for Laughs Festival, Festival International Nuits d’Afrique and Formula 1.
You will read a lot about Montreal’s underground city, which is really neat, but not that touristy. It is mainly that the buildings are all connected and it is awesome in the winter when it is so cold outside. Most of the tunnels are empty, or are entrances to businesses or to shopping center. As a tourist, there is much more to see outside on the streets.
A must-see if the old city of Montreal, very conveniently located near the cruise ship terminal! Downtown Montreal is not too far either and the Quartier des Spectacles (festival neighborhood) is also reachable by foot. Chinatown is right between Old Montreal and Downtown; so take a few minutes to visit this quaint street and try some Dragon Beard Candy. Public transportation is available as well.
|Buses, subway and commuter trains are part of Montreal’s large public transport system.|
|The closest bus to the cruise ship dock is Bus 715, on the corner of de la Commune & De Callière. The bus going East will be stopping at Berri-UQAM metro station (orange and green line), the bus going west will be stopping at Lucien L’Allier metro station (orange line). Click here for the schedule and the route.|
|Bus 747 runs between the airport and Berri-UQAM metro station. The service is on 24/7 and it costs $10 (the fare includes unlimited travel throughout the bus and metro networks for 24 hours). Click here for the schedule.|
|The regular bus and metro fare is $3. You can pay cash on the bus, exact change needed.|
|the STM (Société de Transport de Montréal) website is very reliable and has all the information you might need.|
|Currency||$ Canadian Dollar CAD. Pennies have been discontinued, numbers are round up or down.|
|Shops Opening Hours And Holidays||Saturday to Wednesday 9:00-18:00, Thursday and Friday 9:00-21:00, Most restaurants stay open late.Closed on January 1, June 24th, July 1st, Dec 25, Easter Holidays (Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday), Victoria Day (last Monday before May 25), Labor day (1st Monday of September) and Thanksgiving (second Monday in October).|
|Must Try Foods||Poutine, smoked meat, beavertail,|
|Must See Sights||Basilique Notre-Dame, Oratoire St-Joseph, Mont Royal|
|Local Products||Maple syrup|
|Taxi||In town it is metered. Fixed price from airport to downtown and port $40 (cheaper than metered) .|
|Airport||Official name: Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) . It has long and short term parking and car rental agencies.You can find convenient public transportation, bus # 747-204-209.|
|Tip||15% in restaurants and for taxis. (a trick : taxes in restaurants are 15%, so we usually just tip the same amount)|
|Tax||15% GST & QST (TPS & TVQ). There is a Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program (FCTIP), for purchases over $80 (GST refund).|
|Beaches||Parc Jean Drapeau, Cap St-Jacques|
|Renting A Vehicle||Valid driver’s license from country of residence is required. Some companies don’t rent for drivers younger than 25.|
|Time Zone||UTC -5 Eastern Standard Time (-4 Eastern Daylight Time)|
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|Spend the day walking out and about. The cruise ship docks near the old port, the perfect location for a stroll in the streets of Old Montreal. Visit the Marché Bonsecours on de la Commune, then go up Place Jacques-Cartier and visit the City Hall on Notre Dame East. Walk west (left) and visit the stunning Notre Dame Basilica. On your way back, don’t forget to taste a poutine at one of the many restaurants.|
|Take the Bus 715 ($3) going east and get off at the last station, Berri-UQAM. With the same bus ticket, take the green line metro east and get off at Viau station. You will be right in front of the Biodôme and the Olympic Stadium. Go all the way up to have a nice view of Montreal. The Planetarium, the Botanical Gardens and the Insectarium are a few minutes away.|
|Take the Bus 715 ($3) going west and get off at the last station on Ste-Catherine. Walk the area and walk east, to discover Montreal’s downtown. When you reach rue de Bleury, you will notice the installations for shows. This is where most of the festivals take place, and there is probably one when you are there! You will cross Blvd St-Laurent and rue St-Denis, which are 2 lovely streets. On St-Denis, you can enjoy a beer on one of the many patios. At Berri-UQAM station (Ste-Catherine and Berri-UQAM) take the 715 back to the ship.|
|If you are in Montreal between Monday and Thursday, you can take a free walking tour with freemontrealtours at 15:30. They meet at 275 Rue Notre-Dame Est, at the fountain. The tour lasts about 2 hours.|
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