With one of the most exciting food and cultural scenes in North America, Montreal buzzes throughout the year with festivals and other events. It’s also a center of design excellence, where Old World charm and modern ideas collide.
The summer is the best time to visit Montreal, when warmer temperatures see the city come alive. Montreal weather in June through August is usually very pleasant. It’s also a city best explored on foot, so having some sun really helps. The major festivals take place in the warmer summer months, but flights and accommodation can get booked up and spike in price around these times.
If you want to avoid the crowds, or keep costs down, then visit in the spring. As the air warms up and snow melts, the city starts to come to life, and you stand a better chance of getting Cheap Flights to Montreal around this time.
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There are numerous direct flights to Montreal from US destinations.
Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport is located about 13 miles to the west of the city and is accessed via the Expressway 20. Travel to and from the city and airport can take around an hour, depending on the time of day.
Taxis to the downtown area from the airport are a fixed price of $40, with $17 fixed fairs to other destinations in the city.
There is an STM Express bus service in operation 24 hours a day, with single fares costing $10.
Other airport options include Plattsburgh International and Burlington International, both located over the border in the US and about two hours away from Montreal by car.
Direct Montreal flights are available from a number of different carriers.
Walking is a great way to get around in Montreal, with the dense and narrow city streets perfect for exploring under your own steam. However, do be aware that in the winter months the sidewalks can be a slip hazard thanks to the ice.
If the weather is not playing ball, then there are plenty of available taxis on most busy streets. Just hail one down as they pass. It is customary to tip the driver, with around 15% usually sufficient.
The city is also home to one of the three public subway networks in Canada. It’s safe and easy to use, and ticket bundles will help keep the cost down.
Old Montreal is where you’ll find the majority of the heritage buildings in the city, many dating from between the 17th and 19th century. At night the streets are lit up, and there are walking routes to follow at any time of day.
Downtown is the more modern face of the city, with many skyscrapers offering stunning views of the St. Lawrence river.
All over the city center you will find plenty of examples of the city’s street art, including impressive murals, especially around St Laurent Boulevard and St Denis street.
If you want to see the best of the street art, you can download maps onto your smartphone, which will save you time looking down the wrong alleyways.
Go in summer, when the Montreal Botanical Garden is in full bloom and you can smell the pleasant English lavender and touch the velvety glory bush at the Courtyard of the Senses. This is also the time of year when bins overflow with blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries at the food markets. Temps linger in the mid-70s from June to August.
The city is known for its laundry list of summer events and festivals, starting with the Montreal Grand Prix in mid-June. When the weather warms up in Quebec, locals like to be entertained. The Montreal International Jazz Festival comes to town in late June and early July, followed by the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, the premiere comedy event in North America, in mid-July. This is followed by the Montreal World Film Festival in mid- to late August.
While spring can still be a bit nippy, September and early October are glorious times of year to visit Montreal. Average temperatures are in the mid-60s and 70s. You won’t get a reduced rate on your hotel room, but you will get to see the maples at the city’s largest green space, Parc du Mont-Royal, in their full fall-foliage regalia. Long-distance runners sprint through the city at the Montreal Marathon in late September.
Hotel rates are significantly reduced in winter, but you will pay in other ways. Montreal can be blustery cold come December—think 20 degrees and below. This could be the reason half the city’s in Jamaica come February. There is an underground network of walkways (the largest in the world), but eventually you have to go outside and face the music. The good news is, Montrealers love their hockey—head to the Bell Centre to catch the Montreal Canadians play.
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