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Getting from Montreal International Airport to Downtown

Montreal is one of Canada’s most fascinating cities and is home to numerous tourist attractions. The bustling metropolis is Canada’s second-biggest city and boasts impressive architecture, local culture, trendy bars, and gourmet restaurants.

So when landing at Montreal International Airport (YUL) and you want to make your way to downtown Montreal, you have 2 travel options; you can either take a taxi or private transfer or take an airport bus. Taking a taxi or private Montreal airport transfer is a great way to get to the city centre as they provide 24/7 door-to-door services straight to your Montreal hotel. Your second and more cost-savvy option is to take the bus line 747 Express, which connects YUL Airport to downtown Montreal.

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Comparison of the options

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Taxi €27.50 30min 24/7
Bus €13.50 45min 24/7

How to get from Montreal Airport to downtown by taxi

Taking Montreal airport taxi is always the best way to travel, especially if you are visiting with children and carrying heavy luggage. Moreover, taxis are not too expensive and are a fast way to get to your Montreal hotel, taking only 30 minutes to reach downtown.

Taxi fare from Montreal airport to the city centre

Montreal airport taxis offer fixed-rate fares from Montreal airport to downtown. A trip costs CA$41 (€27.50), and there is no price difference for a day, night or weekend trip.
Please note that to all other destinations, Montreal cabs use a taximeter to calculate their prices.


CA$41 (€27.50)

Trip Duration

30 Min.

*Prices do not vary during the day or at night.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Montreal International Airport

Where do I get it from?

Taxi ranks are located at Montreal’s airport arrivals floor, next to the Terminal’s central exit.


Montreal cabs offer flat-rate fares, door-to-door services and are available 24/7, making them a great and reliable transport option to downtown Montreal. Moreover, the taxi journey is only 30 minutes, which is an excellent advantage after a long flight.

Editor’s Note

It is customary to tip your Montreal cab driver 10 to 15% of your final fare. However, if you have experienced exceptional service, you can go above and beyond, but that's entirely up to you.

Useful Tips

Please note that there is no price difference for a day, night or weekend trip.
It is good to know that although Montreal cabs offer fixed rates to downtown, to all other destinations, they use a taximeter to calculate their prices.
There is no need to reserve an airport taxi, however only a certain number of taxis are available for adapted mobility passengers.

How to get from Montreal Airport to downtown by bus

The 747 shuttle bus runs between Montreal-Trudeau Airport and downtown Montreal (corner of Berri and Sainte-Catherine – Berri-UQAM station). Furthermore, the airport bus is direct and runs 24/7, making it an excellent transportation option. Depending on traffic conditions, travel time to downtown Montreal from Montreal airport, your bus trip will take between 45 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes.

How much is a bus ticket from Montreal airport to downtown?

A one-way ticket from YUL airport to downtown Montreal costs CA$10 (€6.75). Children ages 11 and under travel for free.
You can purchase your bus ticket at the airport’s automated machines on the International Arrivals floor, or you can purchase them directly on the bus.


CA$10 (€6.75)

Trip Duration

45 Min.

The 747 shuttle bus runs every 30 minutes from Montreal airport.

Value for Money

The airport bus line 747 is available every day of the week 24/7.

Where do I get it from?

You can find the 747 bus stop outside the Arrivals level at Montreal-Trudeau International Airport.


Taking the 747 bus is a great and affordable way to get to downtown Montreal from Trudeau International Airport. The bus operates 24/7 around the year and heads directly into the city centre. However, if your hotel is far away from one of the bus stops you will need to find another way to your Montreal hotel.

Editor’s Note

Please note that if you wish to purchase your ticket directly on the bus, only coins are accepted, no bank bills.

Useful Tips

Be advised that two types of buses are used to operate the 747 shuttle.
Bicycles are accepted aboard 747 shuttle buses under certain conditions: they must be stowed on the luggage racks, they must be stored in a rigid travel case made for shipping and folding bikes must be placed in a soft carrying case.
The bus fare is unlimited travel throughout the STM bus and metro network and is valid for 24 consecutive hours.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Montreal. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How do I get from Montreal International Airport to Downtown?

There are 2 different transport options to get from YUL airport to downtown Montreal; you can either take a taxi or private transfer or you can take the 747 shuttle bus. Both of these options are direct.

How much is a taxi can from Montreal airport to Montreal city centre?

Montreal airport cabs have fixed-rate fares into the city centre. A one-way taxi ride to downtown Montreal costs CA$41 (€27.50).

Is there a train from Montreal International Airport to Downtown?

There is no direct train connection between Montreal Airport and Montreal city centre. However, you can get a free minibus from YUL Airport, which takes you to Dorval Railway Station, the nearest train station. From there, you can get a train to downtown Montreal.

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