From the Quays of the Old Port to Chinatown and from Little Italy to the Plateau Mont-Royal, Montrealers love to walk. In fact, this is their favourite way of exploring the city’s lively neighbourhoods, day and night. And getting around here is not only a breeze, it’s also fun.
From the downtown area, you can access the Montréal Underground Pedestrian Network, which is used by over 500,000 people daily. A bustling 30-kilometre network of walkways, featuring 1,700 shops, restaurants and an array of services, it connects to some 40 performance venues, theatres and cinemas, not to mention many hotels, attractions and museums.
Public transport is a great way to see the city. Hop on the metro and in just 10 minutes you’re at a museum, restaurant or in Old Montréal. Affordable and reliable, the metro can be accessed via the city’s Underground Pedestrian Network: two of the four main lines connect downtown to major tourism sites as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations.
Metro operating hours are Monday to Friday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. The average wait time between trains is eight minutes and three minutes during rush hour.
For more information about public transportation in Montreal, please visit www.stm.info.
If you prefer getting around by taxi, it’s easy to flag one down on the street. You’ll also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels. A trip to the airport from downtown will cost you a flat rate of $38—not including tip. Some taxis will also transport bicycles.
Montrealers are avid cyclists, and proud of it. In fact, ecologically-friendly Montréal is the first urban centre in the world to receive “Geotourism” accreditation from the National Geographic Society. The city has 350 kilometres of bike paths criss-crossing its territory, including natural parks and suburbs. To make exploring the city easier, several bike paths lead to the heart of tourism areas. Thousands of bicycle stands are available to cyclists outside metro stations as well as on major streets. During certain weekday periods and at all times on the weekend, bicycles are allowed in the first car of the metro train.
On June 24, 1845, Parliament was officially established in Montréal, making it the capital of Canada. This status then alternated every four years between Toronto and Québec City until 1857, when Queen Victoria officially declared Ottawa the country’s capital.