Getting to Montreal
Wondering how to get to Montreal? Depending on where you live, you have several choices.
• Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) has more than 25 direct flights to cities in the US. Main carriers are Air Canada, American, United, and Delta.
• Once you arrive at the airport, it’s easy to get into Montreal. The 747 Express bus goes into downtown Montreal 7 days a week, and takes 45-60 minutes; taxis take about half the time, charge a fixed fee of $40, and accept credit card payment.
• Amtrak provides service between New York City’s Penn Station and downtown Montreal. The ride takes 11 hours, but it’s some of the prettiest scenery in the northeast US. Choose a seat on the left-hand side of northbound trains for views of the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, and the Adirondack Mountains. For the best prices, reserve a month or more in advance.
• When you book your seats, you’ll need to provide your date of birth and country of citizenship. You must also indicate the form of ID that you will carry with you on your trip. A passport or enhanced driver’s license are required. Trains stop at the US/Canada border for inspection by Canadian and American law enforcement officials.
• Dining cars aren’t what they used to be. Food is expensive, and selection limited. Consider bringing lunch with you.
• If you live in New England, driving to Montreal allows lots of flexibility, and interstates make getting there easy. All travelers must stop at the Canadian border for inspection. Expect at least half an hour wait at the border if you’re crossing at the beginning or end of the day, or on a holiday.
• If you cross the Canadian border frequently, consider applying for a trusted traveler card, known as NEXUS, that allows for expedited crossings.
• Driving in Canada is similar to the US; this Canadian link outlines differences.
Now that you’ve arranged your transportation, you might find my packing tips helpful.
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