Iberville Cruise Terminal, Alexandria Pier
200 de la Commune Street W
Montreal, QC H3C
The Iberville Cruise Terminal at Alexandria Pier in Montreal looks different these days. A major renovation in mid-2017 expanded the facility, focusing ship operations onto one floor instead of two and created a staging area for buses that eliminates a once-awkward ramp in favor of easy access. A green space, public cafe, observation deck, shops and maritime exhibit space make the terminal feel less like a holding pen and more of a destination hub. Like Quebec City, the Port of Montreal is located not only within the bustling downtown area, but in the old, historic part of the city that hums with both visitors and locals. As Montreal surpasses 375 years of history, the continual investments and improvements to the waterfront demonstrate the port's importance as well as that of the cruise passengers' experience.
Editor's Note: All prices listed are in Canadian dollars.
Take Autoroute 25 S. Then follow Rue Notre-Dame E to Avenue Viger E in Ville-Marie, Montreal. Take the Ave Viger exit from Avenue Viger E. Then, take Rue de la Commune E to the cruise terminal.
Take I-87 N. (Note that a passport is needed for the border crossing.) Once in Canada, continue on Autoroute 15 N. Take exit 53 to merge onto Boulevard Marie-Victorin/Autoroute 15 N toward Montreal/Quebec/Autoroute 20 O/Autoroute 10/Sherbrooke. Use the right lane to take the Autoroute 10 O/Autoroute 15 N/Autoroute 20 O/Pont Champlain ramp to Montreal. Merge, and then take exit 58 for Autoroute 10 O toward Centre-Ville/Downtown. Continue on Route 10 O (oust means west) to exit 1 for Rue Wellington toward Rue Notre Dame. Follow Rue de la Commune O until you reach the cruise terminal.
It's about a 2.5-hour ride from Ottawa to the Iberville Cruise Terminal in Montreal. Get on the Trans-Canada Hwy/ON-417 E and follow it along Route Transcanadienne E/Autoroute 40 E. Use the left lane to take the Autoroute 15 S exit toward Autoroute 10/Montreal/Centre-Ville/Pont Champlain and continue on 15 S. Then, use the middle lane to take exit 63E for Autoroute 720 E/Autoroute Ville Marie toward Centre-Ville. Keep right at the fork and follow signs for Autoroute 15 S; merge onto Autoroute Ville-Marie/Autoroute 720 E. Take exit 6 toward Rue Berri, then follow Rue de la Commune E to the cruise terminal.
It's a 30-minute ride from the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to the cruise terminal in Old Montreal. Take Autoroute 520 from Rue Jacques-de-Lesseps and Boulevard McMillan. Follow Route 20 and 720 E to Rue Saint Antoine E in Ville-Marie, Montreal. Take exit 6 toward Rue Berri from Autoroute 720 E. Then, take Rue de la Commune E until you reach the cruise terminal.
Taxis can easily be found throughout Montreal. The ride from the airport to Downtown Montreal and the Old Port is a flat rate of $40, which includes Terminal 1 of the cruise port. From the airport to the area including Terminal 3 (east of Jacques Cartier bridge), the rate is closer to $53.
Uber is available in Montreal. A ride in an uberX from the Trudeau airport to the cruise terminal is anywhere from $43 to $56. For an eco-friendly version of Uber (with free Wi-Fi tablets in every car), take a Teo Taxi. Founded in Quebec, the service only uses cars that are 100 percent electric. Teo works with an app like other rideshare services.
You can get to the cruise terminal by bus and rail from the airport for about $13.25, but the ride is about an hour and involves walking with your baggage. Head to the Aeroport Pierre-Elliott Trudeau station and take the 747 bus for 25 minutes to Station Lionel-Groulx. (Take note that only Canadian coins are accepted on the bus.) Then, take the 2 train (Station Montmorency) five stops to Place-d'Armes. From here, you'll have to walk about 11 minutes to the cruise terminal.
The Amtrak Adirondack line heads into Montreal. From New York Penn Station, it's roughly an 11-hour ride, departing about 8:15 a.m. and arriving at 7:15 p.m. Gare Centrale, Montreal's central train station, is just over a 10-minute ride away from the Iberville Cruise Terminal.
Thrifty and Budget are just outside the cruise terminal, about a 15- to 20-minute walk. Other major car rental brands are located throughout Old Montreal. Most car rental agencies offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from the cruise terminal.
There is a parking garage located adjacent to the cruise terminal. (A skywalk connects the garage to the terminal.) Parking is $25 per day, with a 15 percent discount for cruise passengers on the first 10 days. Handicap parking, oversized spaces and lot security monitoring are offered. Cash, Visa, MasterCard or American Express are accepted.
Porters are available to help passengers with luggage on embarkation and debarkation days.
Always defer to your cruise line's instructions for when to arrive to board your cruise, but be there a minimum of two hours prior to sail-away. Most ships depart Montreal in the late afternoon -- around 3 or 4 p.m. -- but others stay until 7 or even 11 p.m.
Mobility assistance for embarking and debarking should be arranged through your cruise line, although there are a few wheelchairs available at the terminal in case of emergency. For touring, wheelchairs are available at the Montreal Science Centre box office (next to the terminal). This is a free service -- just present an ID.
Cross the park that follows the Rue de la Commune to leave the terminal area and pass into Old Montreal. Within a few minutes' walk you are in one of the most cherished parts of the city, with excellent shops, galleries and eateries to choose from. (For reference, Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, one of the city's most famous attractions, is a 10-minute stroll away from the cruise terminal.) For both shopping and sampling, head to Delices Erable & Cie (also known as Canadian Maple Delights) for maple absolutely everything. The store is part boutique and part cafe, with knowledgeable (and English-speaking) employees who will talk you through the butters, jams, mustards and more. Delicious maple lattes, sweets and ice cream are also available. For drinks with a view, head to the rooftop bar at the Hotel William Gray to see and be seen. Don't miss a meal at Chez L'Epicier (311 Rue Saint-Paul E).
There are large bathrooms (about eight stalls each for men and for women) at either end of the cruise terminal.
Wi-Fi is available free of charge in the Iberville Cruise Terminal and along the promenade. Connect to the "Vieux-Port de Montreal" network.
Luggage storage is available at the Montreal cruise port from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for disembarking passengers only. The cost is $4 per bag.
Ample seating (folding chairs) is available immediately upon entering the terminal.
The default language in Montreal is French, so a few phrases can help, but just about everyone should be able to help you in English. A modern restaurant/observation tower that will loom over the cruise terminal promises to be an impressive structure (resembling a glass Tetris piece), launching sometime in 2021.
Updated October 10, 2019