Useful Information

Montréal-Trudeau Airport (YUL)
Ground Transportation

Taxis and Adapted Taxis

For rapid and convenient access to downtown Montréal, taxis and adapted taxis are available. No reservation is required. Taxis are available at the arrivals level near the central exit located in front of the cloakroom, where a dispatcher will assist you.

Limited Mobility: A certain number of adapted taxis are available. Speak to the dispatcher.

There is a flat rate of $41 to the downtown district. Some drivers accept credit cards and/or American funds but they are not obliged to. This rate includes taxes and are subject to change without notice. Rates do not include a tip / gratuity.

Please note that as of January 1, 2021, a royalty of $0.90 ($1.05 including taxes) is added to the price of trips in accordance with the Act Respecting Remunerated Passenger Transportation by Automobile.

Airport Shuttle Service

The Express bus 747 is a public transit bus that runs between the airport and downtown Montréal (Central Bus Station) 24 hours a day, approx. every 30 minutes.  It makes several stops on René Lévesque Blvd. near major downtown hotels. Travel times will vary from 45 to 70 minutes according to traffic conditions.  For the exact schedule and trajectory map, please visit:

  • Fare:  $11 CAN          24-hour pass
                $21.25 CAN    72-hour pass (3 consecutive days)

    Fares include taxes; subject to change without notice.
    The fare includes a transit pass valid on the STM bus and metro network.

  • Method of Payment:Tickets can be bought at the STM fare vending machine in the International Arrivals area of the airport, at metro stations, or at the Central Bus Station.  You may also pay in cash on board the bus but you must have the exact change in coins.  Bills are not accepted. 

Limousine Service

Passengers who wish to benefit from limousine service must go to door 24 on the Arrivals level and are required to place an order on site by providing their first name, destination and a valid email address before being allowed to board a vehicle. A limousine dispatcher is on site daily from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and is available to assist passengers to place their transportation orders using a mobile tablet.

Please note that it is not possible to book limousine service prior to arriving at YUL, the booking is only possible on site. An estimated waiting time is provided upon reservation, however, limousines are usually available at the door at all times.

Rates vary depending on the destination and the type of vehicle chosen. The price of the trip will be communicated to you before you confirm your reservation.

Travelling to Canada

Most travellers need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport.

First, find out if you need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) or a visitor visa by visiting the Government of Canada website:

Find out more about Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

Important Information for visa-exempt foreigners

Visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. An eTA is electronically linked to a traveller’s passport. It is valid for up to five years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new eTA.

With a valid eTA, you can travel to Canada as often as you want for short stays (normally for up to six months at a time). You do not need an eTA for travel within Canada.

An eTA doesn’t guarantee entry to Canada. When you arrive, a border services officer will ask to see your passport and other documents. You must convince the officer that you are eligible for entry into Canada. Note that US citizens and travellers who already have an existing valid visa for Canada do not need an eTA.

While this sounds like an exhausting procedure – it’s actually a simple procedure.

To apply for an eTA:
Fill out the online form here eTA Online Application. It takes just a few minutes. The cost is $7 CDN and most eTA-eligible applicants will get their authorization within a few minutes of submitting the online form.

Getting Your Travel Visa

Follow these Steps to apply for a visitor visa

Submission of Applications:

Canada does not have a visa office in every country so it is important that you visit the website of the visa office responsible for processing your visa application. Information is available on the website on how to submit a visa application and the documentation required.

You are encouraged to submit your visa application well in advance of the date of the event at a Visa Application Centre or on-line.

Visa Application Centres (VACs)

VACs are commercial service providers authorized by Canada to provide specific services to applicants.
VACs provide a number of services including helping applicants to fill out forms, answer questions and ensure that applications are complete, thereby reducing unnecessary delays or refusals due to incomplete applications.

Applicants that are required to provide biometrics information as part of the visa application process can do so at a VAC. Additional information on the biometrics requirements is available at the CIC website.

VACs send applications to Visa Offices and transmit decisions to applicants in a secure and confidential manner. VACs do not process visa applications and play no role in the decision-making process

Visa Applications Processing Times

Processing time for visa applications vary depending on the office and the time of the year. Participants should be encouraged to apply early for their visas, and to submit complete applications including all supporting documents. Please visit the CIC website for information on the time it takes to process visa applications at the various visa offices.

Currency and Taxes

The Canadian dollar is the national currency.
Click here to consult an online currency converter.

The goods and services tax (GST) is a value-added tax that is levied by the federal government. That rate is set nationally at 5 percent. The provincial sales tax is a value-added tax that is levied by some provinces, including Quebec. Quebec's provincial sales tax (QST) rate is 9.975 percent.

Hotels must also charge a Tax on Lodging of 3.5% of the price of an overnight stay.


In May, the weather in Montreal is usually mild, with an average high temperature of 18˚C (66˚F) and a low of 8˚C (46˚F). Daytimes can be warm, but evenings can still be chilly. In such a variable season, it is recommended to pack a range of clothing suitable for layering.


  • Voltage: 110-120 V (with a standard frequency of 60 Hz)
  • Primary Socket Type: The "Type A" and "Type B"
  • Multi-voltage appliances (laptops, etc.): plug adapter


Canada has two official languages: English and French. Montréal is a mostly-francophone city; however, English is widely spoken.

Letters of Invitation

The sole purpose of an invitation letter is to facilitate delegates’ visa arrangements and does not imply financial or other support by the organizers. All expenses incurred in relation to the Congress are the sole responsibility of the delegate.

The Secretariat will not contact embassies or consulates on behalf of applicants.

It is the delegate’s responsibility to allow adequate time to make visa arrangements.

Taxis within Montréal

Taxis operate a 24-hour service with a typically short wait time. They can be hailed down on the street or otherwise picked up at taxi stands around major tourist squares and hotels. You can also book one calling the taxi company directly. Fares are charged with a meter after an average base rate of approximately $4.10 is applied. The average tariff is $2.05 per kilometre.

Between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., the rates increase to $4.70 at point of departure, and $2.35 per kilometre.


Tipping in Canada is common practice. At restaurants, servers are typically tipped between 15% and 20%. Taxi drivers can be tipped around 10% of the fare, and hotel workers (bell hops, valet, housekeeping) can expect $2 to $5 per interaction.