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Travel and Visa Information
Travelling to Montreal
An international destination of choice, Montreal is easily accessed by land, air, and water. Don’t forget to ensure you have a valid passport at all times, and in some cases, a visa. For more information for international participants coming to Canada, please visit the web site of the Canadian Border Service Agency.
All participants arriving from or transiting through the United States should visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website for information concerning the requirements to enter, transit through, or return to the United States.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa.
Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed. Do not wait until the last minute! Apply now for an eTA.
Travelling to Montreal by air
All international and domestic passengers arrive at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), normally just called Montreal-Trudeau or PET, or by its former name, Dorval, which is also the name of the suburb where it is located, approximately 20 km from the meeting venue and the downtown core.
For more information on Montreal-Trudeau, please visit www.admtl.com.
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Transport from Pierre-Elliott Trudeau
Travellers can get a taxi at the Arrivals level near the central exit located in front of the cloakroom, where a dispatcher will assist you. No reservation is required. All taxi and limousine operators working out of Montréal–Trudeau are required to have a permit and to comply with its terms and conditions.
Taxi rates to downtown are fixed at $40, and all other destinations are by meter, with a minimum charge of $17. It is customary to tip the driver anywhere from 10% to 20%, with 15% being the average. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are often, although not always, accepted, and most drivers accept American dollars as a courtesy. Although there are some mini-van taxis, most are mid-sized cars that can legally fit up to 4 passengers (3 in the back, 1 in the front); however with luggage and especially if the taxi is a small car, the practical limit from the airport is probably 3. For more on taxis in Montreal, see TripAdvisor's Taxi and Rental Cars page or the taxi fares to downtown (in French, and is posted on the window of every taxi).
Limousines without a reservation from the airport have fixed fares, costing $55 for the downtown core, and various amounts for other destinations around Montreal or the province. Again, a tip is customary.
747 EXPRESS SHUTTLE BUS
The 747 bus line service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and the Gare d’autocars de Montréal - Berri-UQAM metro station.
Travel time may vary between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Wi-Fi service is available on most 747 buses.
The fare is $10, which includes unlimited travel throughout the STM’s (Montreal’s transit service) on-island bus and metro (subway) networks, valid for 24 consecutive hours; off-island buses and trains are run by other transit authorities and have separate fare structures. You can buy the pass at the automated STM ticket dispensers located on the International Arrivals level which accepts cash, debit, and credit cards; the fare can also be purchased on the bus itself with exact change in coins only (no bills). The 747 bus also accepts a variety of transit passes, such as 3-day or weekend although these cannot be purchased on the bus itself, but are available from automated STM ticket dispensers.
Heading into town, the bus first stops at the Lionel-Groulx metro station, followed by a few stops in the downtown core, one close to the Gare Centrale (central train station), and ends at the Gare d'autocars de Montréal – Berri-UQAM metro station (a principal hub on the eastern edge of Montreal’s downtown core).
For more information, you may inquire at the STM information counter located in the international arrivals area, ask one of the STM representatives near the bus stop outside the airport or visit the STM website.
For a regular fare of $3.25 (exact change, coins only, no bills on the bus), you can get downtown by regular public transit, although it's more difficult and time-consuming, especially with luggage since it involves transfers and some walking. The 204 Cardinal bus line, operated by the STM public transit service serves Montréal–Trudeau from the Dorval train station. Furthermore, the 209 bus line connects the Roxboro-Pierrefonds commuter train station to Montréal–Trudeau.
For more information, visit the STM website.
Departing Montreal by air
Passengers are encouraged to proceed with their online check-in, if possible, within 24-hours of their departure time. They are also encouraged to check their flight status prior to leaving for Montréal-Trudeau. Passengers travelling to domestic destinations must arrive at the airport no less than 90 minutes prior to departure time. Passengers travelling to international destinations must arrive at the airport no less than 3 hours prior to departure time. Passengers travelling to or connecting through a U.S. destination will need to pass through U.S. Customs and Immigration preclearance.
For more information, visit www.admtl.com/en/guide.
Participants are advised to purchase their own personal travel insurance.
The Meeting Organizers cannot be held responsible for any personal damages or losses.
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