Getting around

  • Old Montréal Walking Tour - 16/42 tours
  • Parent and child walking in a back alley
  • Day Tours - Bateau-Mouche
  • Société de transport de Montréal (STM) - Métro Place-Saint-Henri
Société de transport de Montréal (STM)

By public transport

Public transportation* is an affordable way to get around Montréal. The metro (subway) system is clean, safe and fast. As a bonus, the public transit network is relatively simple, with just four lines connecting the downtown centre to major tourist sites, bus stops and train stations. The metro operates daily from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (1:30 a.m. on Saturdays). The average wait time between trains is eight minutes and three minutes during rush hour.

Mount Royal Park

By bike

Come experience Montréal like a local by hopping on a bike this spring, summer and fall. The city’s 780 kilometres (480 miles) of bike paths, high-quality bike rentals and tours and a popular bike festival make it a breeze to discover neighbourhoods, get to and from events, and see the city sights. Montréal’s ever-expanding bike system has been named one of the most bike friendly in North America by the Copenhagen Index, credited with inspiring other major cities around the world to build more bike paths, encourage awareness of cyclists and do it all in style. Go your own way by renting bikes, bringing your own or trying out Montréal’s BIXI system.

Three people walking in a back alley

By foot

Whether you're walking through the Old Port, Chinatown, Little Italy or the Plateau-Mont-Royal, you'll be in good local company – Montrealers love to walk. In fact, this safe, healthy and budget-wise mode of transportation is one of the best ways to see the city’s lively neighbourhoods, day and night. From architecture to public art to stylish locals, there’s a lot to see in Montréal! When the weather isn’t inviting, you can still get your exercise by walking through the Underground Pedestrian Network. This practical network includes 33 kilometers of walkways with 2,000 shops, restaurants and services. It connects to some 40 performance venues, theatres and cinemas, not to mention many hotels, attractions and museums.

Taxi Bonjour - Avenue Laurier Est

By car or taxi

Want to cruise around the city or take a scenic drive? In Montréal, it’s easy to rent a car, use car-share or even treat yourself to a chauffeured limousine service. If you prefer getting around by taxi, it’s easy to flag one down on the street. You’ll also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels.

Day Tours - Bateau-Mouche

By boat

Montréal is an island. And to reach its shores by water is as magical as it is practical! Water taxis run between the Old Port of Montréal and Parc Jean-Drapeau, Longueuil, and other points of interest along the St. Lawrence River.