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Public 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.


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 two years for most students. Reduced fares are available for students under 26 years of age.

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

For additional information on public transit for the south shore, north shore, Laval and the west island, please visit the following websites:

Public transit tips:

  • Bus drivers don't make change or sell tickets, but all Métro stations have ticket booths and some convenience stores (dépanneurs), grocery stores, and pharmacies 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 get a transfer, which 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.
  • Only Montreal residents qualify for student and senior fares.

Obtaining a reduced fare public transit pass for students under 26 years of age

  • Information about the reduced fare public transit pass for students is available on the STM website.
  • The STM requires proof of full-time school attendance with the seal of the institution for students 16 to 25 years old. This can be obtained by logging into Minerva and printing the "Proof of Enrolment Letter". Instructions are available here.
  • Foreign students should ensure they have updated their address information in Minerva to display their Quebec address prior to printing this letter. Instructions are available here.
  • Students who would like to get a reduced fare pass must visit the STM Photo Studio in order to submit the necessary documents, pay the necessary fees and have their photo taken for the Opus transit card. The closest STM Photo Studio is located in the Berri-UQAM metro (subway) station. For more information, please visit the website for the Berri-UQAM photo studio. The First-Year Office and the STM have jointly organized STM photo sessions in room 5001 at the Brown Student Services Building on Thursday, September 4th and Friday, September 5th, 2014 from 9:00am to 5:00pm to give students the opportunity to conveniently get their reduced fare Opus cards done on the downtown campus. More information on what you need to bring to the photo session is available on the STM website.

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