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Travel to Montreal

Getting to and around Montreal

For detailed information on traveling to Montreal, please visit McGill’s Travel Services site.

 Travel by air:

From the Trudeau International Airport (also known as Dorval Airport) it is easiest to take a taxi or bus service downtown. Buses, limousines, and taxis provide quick, efficient shuttle service between the airport, major hotels and the City Centre Bus Terminal.

A taxi from Trudeau Airport to downtown Montreal costs approx. 38$ CDN (plus tip) for a 20-minute to 40-minute trip (depending on traffic).

The 747 Express Bus links the airport to downtown Montreal. The 747 service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year between Montréal’s central bus terminal (Berri-UQAM metro station) and Montréal-Trudeau airport. The $9 fare is payable in cash aboard the bus - coins only, bills are not accepted. It also provides travelers with a transit pass valid on the STM bus and metro network for the next 24 hours!

Travel by train:

Montreal's main train station, Gare Centrale, is located below the Queen Elizabeth Hotel on the corner of. René-Lévesque and Mansfield; it also has an entrance at 895 de la Gauchetière ouest. The station is the major terminus for Canada's VIA Rail trains from Halifax, Toronto, Ottawa, Québec and the Gaspé, as well as U.S. Amtrak trains from Washington and New York. It also provides easy access to the city's subway (the Metro), as it is situated at the "Bonaventure" station (the Orange Line).

From the train station, a 5-minute taxi ride (approximately 8-9$ CDN, plus tip) will take you to McGill University. To walk to the campus, head north through the underground shopping concourse of Place Ville Marie, exit at Cathcart and McGill College Avenue; follow McGill College Avenue north three blocks to Sherbrooke Street, where you will see the Roddick Gates of McGill University.

Travel by bus:

The terminal for major bus lines is the Station Centrale d’Autobus Montréal, located at 505 de Maisonneuve est, corner of Berri.

From Station Centrale you can take a taxi to the University (approximately 10-12$ CDN, plus tip) or take the Metro (subway), as the "Berri-UQAM" station is connected to the bus terminal; McGill University is at the "McGill" metro station.

Montreal 's Metro:

Montreal has a wonderful subway system, called the "Metro". To reach McGill University's downtown campus, take the "Green Line" to the "McGill" station.
Metro maps, fares, and further information can be found on the STM Web site.

Getting to McGill University

Downtown campus:

McGill's downtown campus is located in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal in the province of Quebec, Canada.

Web-map tools [such as Google Maps or Yahoo Maps ] will help you plan your drive to McGill University. Using " 805 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal" as the destination address will lead you directly to our campus gates, located on the corner of McGill College Avenue and Sherbrooke Street West.


Parking is not available on campus. While there are metered parking spaces available along Sherbrooke Street, as well as a limited number available along University Street, you are restricted to paying for two hours of parking at a time. Please be advised that time does not accumulate on these meters - the pay station treats each transaction as if it were dealing with a new customer.

If you will be spending a good portion of your day on campus, you may prefer to park in one of the commercial parking lots close by. Daily parking rates are relatively standard from one commercial lot to the next. Alternatively, as our campus is centrally located in downtown Montreal, you may favor leaving your car at your hotel and walking over.

Macdonald Campus:

The Macdonald Campus of McGill is located in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, on the western tip of the Island of Montreal, approximately 40 km (about 25 miles) from McGill's main campus in downtown Montreal. In contrast to the bustling downtown area, the Macdonald Campus is located in a scenic locale on the shores of Lake St. Louis and the St. Lawrence River, close to the village of Ste. Anne de Bellevue.

By car, Macdonald Campus can be accessed from Highways 20 or 40 (Ste. Anne de Bellevue exits). Visitor parking permits are available from Campus Security in Laird Hall. Please refer to the Macdonald Campus map to find exact locations of the University buildings.
For directions and further details, please visit the Macdonald Campus Web site.


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