Stuck on a Montreal layover? The Montreal- Trudeau Airport is located roughly 12 miles from downtown Montreal which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on a long layover. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Montreal layover, click here for useful tips.
The Montreal airport offers duty free shopping in the International and Transborder areas, boutiques throughout the airport, restaurants in the Domestic, International, Transborder and Public Areas,services including spas, foreign exchange, and shoeshine services, and the First Class Lounge which is open from 4AM – 11PM.
If you have the time to leave the airport and take a look around Montreal during your layover, you have a number of transportation options. VIA Rail Canada offers lots of inner-city connections and the airport offers a free minibus service for the short distance to the station. There’s also regional shuttles from the airport, with different destinations. The Orleans Express travels to the cities of Trois-Rivieres, Ste-Foy and Quebec. Greyhound (1-800-661-8747) also offers a bus shuttle service between Montreal-Trudeau and Ottawa/Gatineau. In addition, there are taxis that can take you to downtown Montreal for a fixed fare of $38.00. They accept credit cards. You can call for reservations at (514) 394-7377.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A Montreal Layover:
There’s a multitude of tours you can take around Montreal, depending on the time of day you arrive and your area of interest. There are bus and walking tours, cultural and historic tours, food tours, night tours, cruise and boat tours, and much more. For a list of tours you can take from Montreal, or into the surrounding areas, click here.
The Notre-Dame Basilica was built in 1656 and is Montreal’s oldest Catholic church. It is known for its intricately designed high alter, choirs stalls and reredos with statues made out of pine, organs and pulpit. The church also features stained glass recalling the history of the city.
Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal)
Vieux-Montreal is a beautiful area of “old town.” Here you can take a Caleche (horse-drawn) carriage ride, visit the art galleries, museums, shops and try French food.
Dedicated to raising environmental and ecological awareness, the Biosphere is the world’s largest geodesic dome. As a structure from Expo ’67, it offers four levels of exploration.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musee des Beaux-Arts)
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is considered to be one of Canada’s most famous museums. It displays international contemporary and Canadian exhibits. There are two buildings, linked with underground galleries.
The Jean-Talon Market is an open air market and flea market is located in Little Italy, and sells fresh food and even live fowl since 1934. Lots of stores surround the market including bakeries, health food stores, cheese shops, and more.
For additional things to do in Montreal, check out the Montreal Calendar which lists all the events of things to do and see.
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