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Transportation

Montreal is a relatively easy city to navigate, with excellent public transit and inexpensive taxis in addition to McGill's free Downtown-Macdonald shuttle service. Exploring outside of Montreal by bus, train or air is easy as well! 


Public transit

Montreal's public transportation is arguably one of the most efficient in North America. Operated by the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), our buses and Métro (subway) make getting around extremely convenient. Exploring is a simple and inexpensive experience as well — we wholeheartedly encourage you to give it a shot!

In addition to tickets, you can also purchase a rechargeable OPUS card, which is good for a year. Reduced fares are available for students under 25 years of age.

For more information, consult the STM's transit maps, fares, schedules and OPUS card information online.

Public transit tips:

  • Bus drivers don't give change or sell tickets, but all Métro stations have ticket booths and some convenience stores (dépanneurs) sell tickets and passes. Student fares are substantially cheaper than regular fares.
  • If you're purchasing monthly passes, you are eligible for a non-refundable tax credit. Make sure to save all your receipts so that you can claim this credit when you file your tax return.
  • If you’re using tickets or paying in cash, it’s important to keep the card they give you as it will permit you to ride several buses and the Métro on one ticket. Unlike in some other cities, you do not need a transfer or pass to exit the Métro system but security does make regular verifications of people's tickets or passes inside the Métro or when getting off a bus.
  • Only Montreal residents qualify for student and senior fares.

Taxis

If the public transit routes or schedules don't suit your needs, you can always hail a taxi on most major streets. Alternatively, give them a call and they'll pick you up. Major taxi services include:

Downtown

West End / West Island

East End

  • Co-op de L'est: 514-352-6000
  • Hochelaga: 514-256-9033

Macdonald-Downtown shuttle bus

McGill buses shuttle students between the Downtown and Macdonald campuses on weekdays. Shuttle schedules during the academic year, summer and exam periods are posted online.

Travelling outside of Montreal

By air

Montreal is served by two commercial airports: Pierre Elliott Trudeau International, which serves most passenger flights, and Mirabel International, which serves mostly charter flights. If you are coming to Montreal by car, you can get driving directions here.

Taxis serve both airports and are required by law to charge a flat rate for the trip to or from Trudeau, plus posted rates for luggage handling.

The STM 747 Express Bus line runs from the downtown bus terminal to Trudeau International, making several stops along the way. They charge $8.00 to get in and this comes with a 24h pass for any other bus and the metro. If you have the monthly pass, you ride for free. You can find more information here.

By bus

Montreal has bus connections to cities throughout North America. The main bus terminal is the Station Centrale de l'Autobus de Montréal (505 de Maisonneuve Est, 514-842-2281). Major bus companies include:

 By train

Montreal is on Via Rail's Windsor-Quebec City corridor, and train travel is possible throughout North America. As well, Amtrak's Adirondack line runs daily to and from New York.