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Here you will find all of the necessary information to make the best of your time in Montreal. From arrival and departure information, daily tour pick up times, and general information about the city.

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Arrival Information:

If you arrive to Montreal by air your best option to go to your hotel is by taxi. Taxis are accessible at the arrivals section close to the central exit found at the front part of the cloakroom and you will be assisted by a dispatcher.

If you arrive by train, The Montreal Central Station is located a short taxi ride to your downtown hotel. Right outside the Station exit you will find a taxi stand, if there is none, call Taxi Diamond at : 514 273 6331. If you are staying at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, the station is a short walk to the front desk as it is in the same block.

If you are a visitor to Canada and you are not a citizen of the USA, you may be required to purchase an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This document can be purchased for CAD $7.00 and most applications are approved within minutes of applying. Please visit the following government site for information and to purchase this eTA: Electronic Travel Authorization.

Departure Information:

If you depart from Montreal by air your best option to go to the airport is by taxi. Simply ask your hotel’s front desk staff to arrange a taxi for you and the will be happy to do so.

If you depart by train, The Montreal Central Station is located a short taxi ride from your downtown hotel. Simply ask your hotel’s front desk staff to arrange a taxi for you and the will be happy to do so. If you are staying at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, the station is a short walk from the front desk as it is in the same block.

Restaurant Recommendations:

The Old Montreal area, near your downtown hotels offers a wide variety of international and domestic top notch cuisine. Here are a few recommendations:

Bocata Restaurant Bar a Vin ~ A warm and inviting rustic traditional restaurant and wine bar that combines European and North American hospitality. Attire: smart casual.
Address: 310 Saint-Paul O

Barroco ~ A rustic traditional restaurant in a cozy and historic setting that is the hallmark of Old Montréal. South of France inspired market cuisine with Spanish influences.Attire: smart casual.
Address: 312 Saint Paul O

Taverne Gaspar ~ A gourmet tavern where you will feel just like at home Gaspar’s kitchen serves up fresh, pub-style cooking and a wide variety of local beers and spirits. Attire: casual.
Address: 89 Rue de la Commune E

Les Pyrenees ~ Authentic South France and Spanish cuisine made with the freshest ingredients in the heart of the Old Port. Attire: casual
Address: 320 Saint-Paul O

Sightseeing Recommendations:

Montreal hides hundreds of historic and cultural treasures for you to discover. Enjoy a journey through time as you visit Old Montreal, nestled between the St. Lawrence seaway and the downtown skyscrapers. Founded in 1642, this old town is a main attraction for visitors and locals alike, with its many boutiques and restaurants. Here are just a few suggestions of what to see and do in this beautiful city:

  • Hop on, Hop off City Tour: Discover Montreal by being chauffeured around in a London style double decker bus. Bask in the glory of the Notre Dame Basilica, stroll through Chinatown, and walk along the water of the Old Port. Be inspired and spend an afternoon at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Plan your evening and scope out the best bars and restaurants along Crescent Street. With 10 different places to hop-on or hop-off there is no shortage of things to do and places to see. This hop-on hop-off tour is a unique and informative way to experience Montreal! Highlights include Dorchester Square, Old Montreal, Place Jacques Cartier, Old Port, Square Victoria, Chinatown, Latin Quarter, Quartier des Spectacles, Downtown, Fine Arts Museum, Saint Joseph’s Oratory, and Mount-Royal Park. Buses run from 10 AM to 4 PM with a stop frequency of approximately 15 minutes.
  • Mount Royal Park: There are a variety of hiking and biking trails, a man made pond, and plenty of places for one to soak up the sun.
  • Old Montreal: This is the original part of the city of Montreal that includes the Vieux-Port, its original trade port.
  • Old Port of Montreal: This is the original heart of Montreal, where the buildings are often left over from the 17th and 18th centuries.