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Getting around Montreal

Walking is a good way to get around the densely packed downtown and the narrow streets of Old Montreal, especially during the warmer months. However, for alternate modes of transportation, see the information below.

Bus & metro

The STM bus network consists of 196 daytime and 23 nighttime service routes and the metro is made up of 68 stations spread out along four lines.

For information on schedules and fares, visit the STM website.

The Opus Card:  

The Opus Card is a rechargeable metro card that is a great tool for those who may not live near campus or for those planning on using the metro system on a regular (or even semi-regular) basis.

The Opus card is available to students under the age of 25 for a fee of $15.  Instructions on how to obtain a student Opus card can be found HERE.

This card allows you to obtain a reduced fare. For example: A 1-month pass, for unlimited use is $79.50 for the regular fare. With the OPUS card the reduced fare for students 25 and under is $47.25 a month. One fare on either bus or metro is $3 each way.

Biking

Montreal is a very bike-friendly city, with over 300 Bixi bike rental stations available around the city and 560 km of bike paths. 

Tips:

  • Be aware of laws regarding cycling in the city.
  • Consider wearing a helmet for your personal safety.
  • Follow basic rules of the road — cyclists are not excluded from tickets and moving violations.

For further information on bike safety and traffic laws, see the following:

Bixi Bikes

Bixi is a public bicycle sharing system. For more information, visit the Bixi website.

Source: Tourisme-Montreal

Taxis

Taxis are easy to locate in Montreal, especially along the main roads and are available at all hours at a reasonable rate. Taxis come in all shapes and sizes and are not necessarily yellow. You can hail a cab on the street, catch one at a taxi stand or call a service to come pick you up.

For a complete list of contact information for taxi services in Montreal, visit theYellow Pages.