Coming to Montreal
WELCOME TO MONTREAL!
Here is some information to help ease your stay.
MONTREAL AIRPORT : PIERRE-ELLIOT TRUDEAU
From the airport, there are two options to get to downtown Montréal:
If you wish to take a taxi, it will take about 30 minutes (in off-peak hours) to get to the hotel. Taxis ask for a fixed rate of CAD 40 to take you to a downtown destination.
You could also take a bus. The Express 747 bus, operated by the STM, takes about 40 minutes and will drop you off near the hotel (stop: René-Lévesque/Mansfield). A ticket is CAD 10. You can ask the driver to let you know when you've reached the stop.
Airport website: www.admtl.com
Société des Transports de Montréal (STM) website: www.stm.info
TRAIN STATION: CENTRAL STATION
If you arrive by train, you will get off at the central station, at 895 de la Gauchetière West. The train station is located underneath the Hôtel Bonaventure.
TRANSPORTATION IN MONTREAL
The Hôtel Bonaventure and the performance venues (with the odd exception) are all very close to each other. Many places can be easily reached by foot. CINARS will also be providing a shuttle service for some official program activities.
Here are the taxi rates in Montreal:
CAN 3.50 at the start + CAN 1.80 $ per km + CAN 0.65 per minute waiting.
To get around by bus and metro:
1 trip: CAD 3 / 1 day pass: CAD 10 / 3 days pass : CAD 18 / weekly pass : CAD 24.50.
For more information about public transit in Montreal:
EAST-WEST ADDRESSES IN MONTREAL:
Certain streets are divided into two parts: East (Est in French) and West (Ouest in French) with two equivalent numbers for each side. For example there is a 100 Sherbrooke East and a 100 Sherbrooke West and they are in two different locations. As a point of reference, St-Laurent Boulevard divides the city into East and West. The Fairmont The Hôtel Bonaventure, for example, is on la Gauchetière West.
The currency used in Montreal is the Canadian Dollar. You can get information on exhange rates by navigating this website. You can change your money into Canadian dollars at foreign exhange offices and in banks.
Most hotels and restaurants accept Visa et Mastercard, however we still recommend having a bit of cash since some smaller bars and restaurants don't take them.
In Canada, it is customary to leave 15 to 20% of the total bill as a tip when you go to restaurants, bars, and when you take a taxi.
The temperature in November varies usually between -2 °C and + 5°C (around 23°F to 37°F) with an average of 93 mm of precipitations.
You can consult local weather conditions on the Météomédia website.
LA VITRINE (2, Sainte-Catherine East)
La Vitrine has everything you need, be it information, tickets or promotions, on cultural events taking place anywhere in an 80-km radius of the Greater Montreal Area. In association with the cultural industry, La Vitrine provides information on and tickets for Montreal's cultural events at its offices and online.