Montreal is in Quebec, Canada.
Quartier International de Montreal The International Quarter is a modern urban centre, linking Old Montreal with the city's business district. Here visitors will find the convention centre Palais des Congres, the stock exchange tower and various sculptures and fountains in its streets and plazas. Address: Downtown Montreal QC Canada
The Plateau The Plateau is a trendy neighbourhood showcasing a mix of cultures with several restaurants, boutiques and shops. Address: Downtown Montreal QC Canada
Montreal's Chinatown Montreal's Chinatown is a vibrant district filled with Asian specialty shops and restaurants. Address: Corner of Saint-Laurent Blvd. and de La Gauchetière Street Montreal QC Canada
Montreal's Underground City Located beneath Montreal's downtown streets is the massive underground complex known as the Underground City. Composed of 33 km (20 mi) of passageways, the Underground City offers several services and links including, restaurants, shopping malls, metro stations, hotels, office buildings, museums, banks and more. Address: . Montreal QC Canada Ile Sainte-Helene An island in the St. Lawrence River, Ile Sainte-Helene (Saint Helen's Island in English) is situated in the city of Montreal. The island is home to the biosphere, La Ronde and the Stewart Museum. The annual fireworks competition is also held on this island, which makes up part of Jean Drapeau park with Ile Notre-Dame. Address: . Montreal Quebec CAN
Vieux Montreal Vieux Montreal, the city's Old Town, dates to the 1600s and is made up of several historic districts. Located on the southeastern side of the city on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, cobblestone streets are lined with architectural landmarks such as the Basilique Notre Dame and centuries-old buildings, many of them now home to stylish cafes and trendy boutiques. Address: Old Town Montreal Quebec CAN
It is essential that visitors who want a completely stress free visit should know that French is the dominant language in Montreal. However, Montreal is a diverse city boasting one of the most divers communities in the world. So if you don't speak French, you will certainly find some one who speaks your language.
The taxi fare to and from downtown is a fixed price of $40 (a sticker on the window behind the driver gives the boundaries of the zone where the flat fare applies; for origins and destinations outside this zone, you will have to pay a metered fare). The Aérobus www.admtl.com/passager/acces_et_stationnement/_aerobus.aspx is a shuttle running from Dorval to the aérogare Centre-ville (777 De La Gauchetière, angle rue University) and to the city's inter-city bus station, Station Centrale (505 boul De Maisonneuve East, above the Berri-UQAM métro station), via a number of downtown hotels. It departs roughly every 20 minutes from 7AM to 1AM. Tickets are $15CAD one-way; a return (round-trip) ticket is $25CAD.
Alternatively, public bus number 204 (STM www.stm.info/English/a-somm.htm) leaves from outside arrivals every half hour to Gare Dorval (Dorval train station - check with the driver which direction he is going in, as both bus routes stop at the same pier). From Dorval, you can use your transfer ticket to catch express bus number 211/221 to the Lionel-Groulx métro. Your transfer will then let you into the métro. This costs only $2.75, but exact change must be provided to the first driver.
Another option is to take the VIA Rail AirConnect www.viarail.ca/business/en_affa_airc.html service from the airport terminal to downtown by shuttle and train. This service runs infrequently, but costs only $11. The same trip can be made on the AMT www.amt.qc.ca/tc/train/gares/index.asp?nogare=16 commuter train for $4.25, if you can figure out how get to nearby Dorval Station from the airport, but check the schedule first.
The Montreal region is also served by Plattsburgh International Airport www.flyplattsburgh.com in Plattsburgh, New York, on the U.S. side of the border, about one hour away by car. Domestic US flights to Plattsburgh can be cheaper than international flights to Canada.
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