TRAVEL TO MONTREAL
Montreal is easily accessible by land or air. Once the travel restrictions are lifted, different options are available. Please bear in mind additional guidelines may be implemented. We will keep delegates updated of any changes.
The Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is located 20 minutes from the downtown area by car.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will find multiple options to make your way to your hotel or the convention centre. Car rental, limousine and taxi services are available, as well as the 747 Express bus which operates around the clock. This option will cost you 10$ and you will be dropped-off at one of the nine downtown stops in approximately 40-60 minutes. Taxis from the airport to downtown offer a flat rate $41 (this does not include tip).
Montreal’s Gare Central (central train station) is located right in the heart of the city. Connecting to many Canadian and American cities, the station offers direct access to the Underground Pedestrian Network as well as the Bonaventure metro station and other transit alternatives such as buses and taxis.
Travellers by bus will arrive directly downtown at the Montréal Bus Central Station, with access to the Berri-UQAM metro station (and through it the Underground Pedestrian Network) as well as public transit buses and taxis.
The island of Montreal is located 75 kilometres (46 miles) from the U.S. Border and the Trans-Canada Highway passes right through the city.
Travel tip: Canada uses the metric system so the speed limit is listed in kilometers per hours (Km/h) and the gas is sold per litre (L). It is also important to note that Montreal being located in a French speaking province most street signage will be in French.
Travel tip: It’s important to keep in mind that you can’t turn right on red on the island of Montréal or use a hand-held cell phone while driving.
Visitors entering Canada will be requested to present a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa. Canada has also introduced a new entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for certain international travellers who fly to Canada. All visitors are responsible to ensure they have all necessary required documents in their possession prior to entering the country.
To confirm the requirements to enter Canada from your location, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Contact your insurance provider prior to your departure to ensure you have adequate medical coverage while in Montreal. If you are not covered by the provincial health care insurance, you will be expected to pay for medical services either through a private insurance or out of pocket.
COVID-19 Resources & Information
Due to the fast-changing nature of the epidemiological situation, we invite you to regularly visit the hyperlinked resources below.
This list of resources was last reviewed on 2022-02-01.
COVID-19 Data Update
- Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak updates, symptoms, prevention, travel, preparation – Canada.ca
- Province of Québec: Données COVID-19 au Québec | INSPQ
Preparing Your Travel
To Canada (travel and immigration):
- Travel, testing, quarantine and borders
- Fully vaccinated traveller exemption
- Potential flight and travel exposure
- Immigration and citizenship
To the Province of Québec:
- Isolation instructions on returning home from abroad (COVID-19) | Gouvernement du Québec (quebec.ca)
Restrictions in Canada/Québec (vaccination passport, testing, masks, social distancing, etc.)
- Province of Québec: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Québec | Gouvernement du Québec (quebec.ca)
- Canada: COVID-19: Provincial and territorial resources – Canada.ca
- COVID-19 vaccination data | Gouvernement du Québec (quebec.ca)
- Données de vaccination contre la COVID-19 au Québec | INSPQ