Montréal has a clean, safe and efficient transit system. The Island of Montréal is served by the Société de Transport de Montréal (STM, www.stm.info), while the commuter train agency, Agence Métropolitaine de Transport (AMT, www.amt.qc.ca) provides transportation between the city and its west island suburbs. The south and north shore suburbs are served by separate companies, as well as the AMT commuter trains or the Laval or Longueuil bus companies. The STM web site offers a trip planner and various informative maps.
ach Métro station displays a system map, as well as a neighbourhood map. Some bus stops display the system map and many list the bus schedules and routes. Entering the bus stop number when calling A-U-T-O-B-U-S (514-288-6287) will provide the scheduled times for the next three buses. Some stations are wheelchair accessible. The STM has low-floor buses and some elevator platform buses. The Métro is accessible to bicycles during non-peak hours and commuter trains can accommodate bicycles, with some exceptions.
Fares Tickets can be purchased at any Métro station from a ticket booth (cash only) or vending machines (using cash, credit or debit card). Buses accept cash in exact change, tickets and the Opus card, which is a photo ID pass that can be purchased for $6.00 and filled electronically at stations, convenience stores or pharmacies. There are also passes called L’Occasionnelle that offer an unlimited one-day or three-day use until expiry, as well as one time “trips,” which allow transfers and are valid for up to two hours from the time of purchase. It is important to retain the ticket for the duration of each trip as proof of purchase. A single cash adult fare is $3.25. Two trips can be purchased for $6.00. Other options include an Unlimited Evening pass for $5.00, a one-day pass for $10.00, which is valid for 24 hours from the time of purchase, and a three-day pass for $18.00. The Opus card also offers a 10-trip option at $27.00, a weekly (Monday to Sunday) pass at $25.75, and a monthly pass at $83.00. Children younger than five ride for free and discounted fares are available for children under 17. The 747 Express airport bus does not accept trip tickets and a single trip costs $10.00. Family excursion passes allow several children of a certain age to travel free with an adult. Student passes are available for $197.00 and are valid for four consecutive months.
MetroThe Métro is the backbone of Montréal’s transit system. It has 69 stations on four lines. Trains begin operating around 5:30 a.m., and from Sunday to Friday the last train leaves from the end of its line at 12:30 a.m., but at 1:00 a.m. on Saturdays. The Métro offers a Park & Ride option for those who wish to commute by car into a designated parking area served by the Métro system.
Biking Montréal offers cyclists more than 730 km of bicycle lanes, paths and trails, as well as more than 6,250 Bixi bikes.The bikeways are classified according to the level of road sharing with cars: shared lane, adjacent lane on the same road (bike lanes) and bike path. Maps of bike paths can be found at www.ville.montreal.qc.ca under the Quick Links, and at tourist/information centres. Cycling publications and organizations have consistently rated Montréal as one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the world over the past decade.
Taxi Montréal taxis are generally clean, have courteous drivers and respond quickly. In Montréal, different taxi companies serve different parts of the city. Taxis are not uniform in colour, but all have roof-top lights. It is prohibited to hail a cab within 60 metres of a taxi stand. All taxis are metered and there is no surcharge for evening service. Fares start at $3.30, and increase by $1.60 per kilometre, and $0.60 for each minute stopped. The fixed price for airport transfers to and from downtown is $40.00. There is a $17.00 minimum charge to other destinations. To calculate a taxi fare within the city of Montréal, visit: http://montreal.taxiwiz.com. The rideshare service Uber operates in Montréal. This service allows individuals to book a ride through an application on their smartphone. The service is safe and the fares are generally cheaper than taxis (except on holidays and peak hours). For more information visit www.uber.com or download the Uber app on your smartphone.
Inter-city trains Gare Centrale (or Central Station) is Montréal’s main inter-city rail station and a major commuter rail hub. It is on the Québec City–Windsor Corridor, a region that is heavily populated and home to three of Canada’s four largest cities, which are Montréal, Toronto and Ottawa. Gare Centrale is the second-busiest Via Rail station in Canada. The station can be reached by the Métro from either the McGill or Bonaventure stops. Its main concourse is on rue de la Gauchetière West.
Inter-city buses The Montréal Coach Terminal is located at the corner of Berri Street and Ontario Street. The Terminal is connected to the Montréal Metro system at the Berri-UQAM Station. Buses connect Montréal to many cities in Québec, Ontario and New York State. This bus station is not to be confused with Terminus Centre-Ville, which is used for public transit buses from the South Shore of Montréal, or Gare Centrale, which serves as the Via Rail and Amtrak train station and the terminus for two of the five Agence Métropolitaine de Transport commuter train lines.