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Montreal is a city of 2 million people. Montreal's greates asset are its people, a very friendly place with French-English 'bilinguality' as its means of communications.

Montreal has a sometimes harsh winter which makes it perfect for winter sports. However, Montreal gets around the winter problem with its many underground corridors. This makes the city an alluring year-round tourist attraction - a winter wonderland during the cold season. Summer in Montreal is quite short with long nights.

Montreal city is abound with community festivities and festivals. A well known Montreal festivals are "Montreal Jazz Festival" and the Montreal Canadian Grand Prix. Montreal is home to world class universities such as the University of Quebec, McGill University, HEC Montreal University and Concordia University.

Montréal is truly an experience: old world charm, French joie de vivre and a modern style all its own. With award-winning restaurants around every corner, Montréal is a city of a thousand flavours. With its unique mix of historical, natural and cultural offerings, Montréal is able to satisfy even your most demanding connoisseur. No matter what the season, there's always something going on in Montréal!

Getting There

Montréal is an international city, accessible from just about anywhere in the world!

Arriving by Air
Connected via major airlines across the globe, Montréal is only an hour and a half from New York City, two hours from Chicago, and six hours from London. Montréal-Trudeau International Airport has recently undergone major renovations in order to improve services for travelers and to modernize the infrastructure. A new transborder jetty was opened in 2003 and an international jetty was opened in 2005. Taxis and limousines ensure quick service to and from Montréal's downtown core. There is also shuttle bus service, l'Aérobus, which links the airports to convenient connecting points in Montréal.

Airport Shuttle
L'Aérobus is the shuttle service from Montréal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to the Montréal Central Bus Station as well as several downtown hotels. L'Aérobus shuttle service runs every 20 minutes, 7 days/week. Tickets for the shuttle (adults one way $13.00, return $22.75) may be purchased at the following locations:

Airport Ticket Kiosk
Montréal Central Bus Station - 505, De Maisonneuve Blvd.

A complimentary shuttle service is also available between the Montréal Central Bus Station and major downtown hotels.

Arriving by Train
Montréal's Gare centrale (Central Station), with rail connections from New York or Washington , is also a major stop for domestic trains from eastern or western Canada . The downtown station is conveniently connected to Bonaventure underground métro station by a pedestrian passageway. Bus travellers arrive right downtown at the Montréal Bus Central Station which is also connected to the métro (Berri-UQAM station).

Driving Instructions

Montréal is only 47 km (29 miles) from the New York border. The New York State Thruway (I-87) becomes Route 15, and U.S. I-89 becomes two-lane Route 133 which joins Highway 10 to Montréal. From I-91 in Massachusetts , highways 55 and 10 lead to Montréal. Visitors coming to Montréal from eastern or western Canada use highways 20 and 40. Québec speed limits are in kilometres (100 kph equals about 62 mph). Gasoline is sold in litres (3 3/4 litres equals 1 U.S. gallon).

Useful Links about Montreal, Canada:

Montreal.com, all about Montreal - www.montreal.com
Montreal Canadiens Professional Hockey Club - www.canadiens.com
Travel to Montreal (Aéroports de Montréal) - www.admtl.com

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