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Getting There
By Air: If you're flying into Montreal, you'll arrive at the recently renovated Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, also known as Dorval, located about 14 miles outside of the city. To get into town, first check to see if your hotel offers complimentary shuttle service. If not, you can take the Aerobus, which runs every 20 minutes between the airport and Montreal's Central Bus Station, stopping at several major downtown hotels. The bus costs $13 CAD each way (approximately $11 US; see for up-to-date conversion rates), or $22.75 CAD ($19 US) roundtrip.

Taxis are readily available and cost about $31 CAD ($26 US). Limousine services are also available and cost about $50 CAD ($42 US).

The following major rental car companies are represented at the airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

By Car: From New York State, use the New York State Thruway (I-87), which turns into Route 15 when you cross into Canada. From the border it's about 29 miles to the outskirts of Montreal. You can also take U.S. I-89, which turns into Route 133 in Canada and then joins Highway 10 into Montreal. From Massachusetts, take U.S. I-91 take Routes 55 and 10 into Montreal. From eastern or western Canada, use Highways 20 and 40.

By Train: Amtrak's Adirondack Line runs from New York City to Montreal's Gare Centrale (Central Station), with connections available from Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia. VIA Rail Canada also serves Montreal's Gare Centrale.

By Bus: Greyhound and other bus lines serve Montreal's Central Bus Station.

Entry Requirements: No matter which way you enter the country, U.S. travelers will need to bring a photo ID, such as a passport or driver's license. The U.S. Department of State has proposed a requirement that, if approved, will require all American travelers to have passports for entry into Canada on or after December 31, 2006, so we recommend that you get your passport well ahead of time.

Getting Around
By Public Transportation: Montreal's efficient public transportation system, STM, includes a sleek subway system known as the Metro, as well as a comprehensive bus service. Between these two services you can usually get within a few blocks of anywhere you'll need to go in the city.

By Car: As in most major cities, a car can be a bigger hassle than it's worth in Montreal, but if you've got one, remember that right turns on red lights are not allowed. Seat belts must be worn at all times. On some major roads the right lane is reserved for buses; avoid these lanes, marked by a white diamond, unless you need to make a right turn. Speed limits are marked in kilometers. Useful words to know include "arret" (stop), "gauche" (left), "droit" (right), "ouest" (west) and "est" (east). Metered street parking is available throughout the city, as are various open-air lots and parking garages.

By Taxi: Call ahead or hail one in the street.

By Bike: There are a number of streets in Montreal with bike lanes, and locals take full advantage of them in nice weather. Bikes can be rented at various locations throughout the city, and STM will allow bikes on Metro cars under certain circumstances.
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