Originally known as Ville-Marie or “City of Mary”, Montréal is the largest city in Quebec province and the second-largest city in Canada. Its multicultural festivals, exhibitions, museums, and concerts make it widely considered to be Canada’s cultural capital. Here are 3 ways to get around and explore the sights in and around French-infused Montréal.
Société de transport de Montreal (STM) are responsible for public transport services within Montréal. The metro is the very heart of it. With around 68 stations spread out over 4 underground lines, it makes the city accessible very quickly and easily. Frequency varies between around 3 and 10 minutes depending on the line. The metro is open from around 5.30 am and 12.30 am making it easy to get around regardless of the time of day. Stations are indicated with signs showing a large blue and white circle with a down-pointing arrow. Trains can get very busy during the rush hour and so are best avoided around those times. Fares are set by ride rather than distance, and single or multiple tickets can be purchased from the many vending machines and kiosks located in and around each station. As is the case with the bus, a pass can be purchased instead of tickets, which will allow all-day travel for between 1 and 3 days. If you are doing a lot of traveling, this is by far the most cost-effective method.
Taking the bus allows you to see this beautiful city whilst traveling around. Many bus services run throughout the day, which include express, shuttle, and night services. With almost 200 bus routes, accessing different parts of the city is easy. Many services run as frequently as 10 minutes apart. Bus route maps are widely available, but if you prefer to use more modern technology, you can download a real-time tracking app from STM. The app instantly tells you when the next bus is expected at your chosen location. You can pay cash when boarding or if you prefer to, you can buy a pass. This hop-on, hop-off method of travel is a cheap yet extremely effective way to explore the city.
Whilst the public transport system is a great way to get around, hiring a car is a good idea if you want to take off for the day or explore things a bit further afield. If you fancy visiting the nearby Canadian Railway Museum or even travel slightly further afield to the beautiful backdrop of Mont Tremblant, hiring a car will provide you with the freedom you need. Globe car is a car rental firm with several branches throughout Montreal. Whether you want to collect a vehicle from HEC University, downtown Montreal or straight from the airport, they can help. It is wise to book in advance if you can. This will give you time to decide which vehicle suits you best and will ensure you don’t encounter any delays or availability issues.