Montreal is the largest city in the province of Quebec and the second-largest city in Canada. Built on the island of Montreal in the St. Lawrence River, the city is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world after Paris. Today Montreal is not only known globally as a center for commerce and industry but also as a city with a rich tradition of history and culture.


Things to do in Montreal!


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Montreal is made up of 19 boroughs subdivided into neighborhoods. The main boroughs are:


Ville Marie: This includes the following neighborhoods:




  • Quartier Latin-Le Village: This neighborhood includes the following areas:
    • Quartier Latin: With the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in its surroundings this area has a definite bohemian and student vibe with its numerous inexpensive bars and young adult population.
    • Le Village: The largest gay village in North America it is an apt showcase of Canada’s liberal attitude.
    • Sainte-Marie: This is largely a working class area.
    • Main attractions and landmarks include:



Plateau Mont-Royal district

  • Known simply as “The Plateau” this area north of downtown and east of Parc du Mont-Royal is known for its diverse mix of cultures, ethnicities and languages.
  • Filled with numerous shops and restaurants the Plateau is an area often frequented by locals.
  • One of the distinct areas in the Plateau is Mile End with its growing number of retail attractions, including designer clothing boutiques, shops and several notable restaurants.

Getting around

General info

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) serves the transport needs of the system by offering an efficient public transit system (bus and metro).

  • As a visitor you might consider using the following fare passes:
    • 1-Day Pass: Unlimited travel for 24 hours. It costs CAD 10.00.
    • 3-Day Pass: Unlimited travel for three consecutive days. It costs CAD 18.00.
    • Unlimited Evening: Unlimited transit use between 6 p.m. and 5 a.m. the next morning. It costs CAD 5.00.
    • CAM hebdo (weekly pass): Unlimited travel from Monday to Sunday; available on OPUS card only. It costs CAD 24.50.
    • For your public transport requirements throughout the Greater Montreal area you could also use the OPUS card - which is a smart card on which you can charge all STM transit fares, with the exception of group fares, which are available only on tickets.


  • For more information refer to the OPUS card section on the STM website.


  • For more information on tariffs refer to the STM website.


From the Airport

  • The 747 Shuttle provides bus service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, between Montréal-Trudeau Airport and Gare d’autocars de Montréal (bus terminal at Berri-UQAM station).
  • The trip takes between 45 and 60 minutes depending on traffic.
  • Various fare passes (mentioned above) can be purchased before boarding the bus.
  • Refer to the STM website for more information on the 747 Shuttle service.


In the City

  • Montreal has an extensive bus network providing service 24 hours across the city.
  • Refer to the STM website for details of various bus lines and routes



  • Taxis are generally easily available in Montreal and can be hailed on the street or found at taxi stands across the city.
  • Bear in mind that while almost all drivers would understand addresses in English some of them might have a limited knowledge of the language.
  • Taxi drivers, in general, only accept cash.
  • Refer to the website for a list of taxi companies in Montreal.
  • Refer to the website for taxi fares in Montreal.

Staying connected

  • Canada uses the GSM 850 and 1900 frequency bands. For 3G carriers use the 850 /2100, 850 /1900 and 1700 bands. Bell Canada and Rogers are providing 4G services in the country now.
  • International visitors must have a tri-band or quad-band GSM phone, or a 3G phone supporting 1900Mhz to be compatible with Canadian carriers. Also the phone must be “Unlocked” to be able to accept a Canadian SIM card.
  • There are multiple service providers in Canada that offer prepaid SIM / Pay As You Go options.
    • Major national carriers:
      • Bell
      • Fido
      • Rogers
      • Telus
    • Discounted Brands
      • Virgin Mobile
      • Koodo

Eat / Drink


The cuisine of Montreal is a blend of its French Quebecoise roots and the various immigrant groups that have over the years made the city their home. Some notable local restaurants for Quebecoise / French–Canadian cuisine are:



Some typical food items that you should try out while visiting Montreal are:

  • Montreal-style bagel: These wood-fired bagels are smaller and denser than their New York counterparts. The two major players for bagels in the city are St-Viateur Bagel and Fairmount Bagel.
  • Smoked Meat Sandwich: While they may look similar on the face to Pastrami, these sandwiches are made with a different process using different spices resulting in their unique flavor. Schwartz’s Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen is arguably the most famous place for this dish in the city.





  • Toroli
    • Cuisine: French, Japanese, Fusion





Montreal is known for its craft beer culture. Some of the well known breweries include:


Tipping is typically expected in Canada as a means to encourage better service.

  • Hotels: Tip your porter CAD 1 - 2 per bag depending on the bag weight. Housekeeping can be tipped CAD 2 – 3 per day.
  • Restaurants: Tip your server 15% to 20% of the bill before taxes.
  • Bars: Tip the barman CAD 0.5 to 2 depending on the cost of your drink.
  • Counter service: Tips are not generally expected.
  • Taxi: Tip your driver about 10% of the total fare.

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