Fly To Montreal, Quebec
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Visit Montreal, an island-city in French-speaking Quebec, Canada. Montreal’s unique blend of Old World tradition with North American energy will surely charm and delight even the most hard-edged traveler, any time of year! Montreal is also a city known for great festivals and parties; here are a few of the most popular:
- Spring Who doesn’t love fast cars? Montreal sure does – especially in March when the city hosts the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada, and the downtown area is blocked off for crowds to join in race-themed festivities.
- Summer For over 30 years, the Montreal Jazz Festival in late June/early July brings music lovers from all over the world to over 800 concerts all over the city. Outdoor shows are free from noon to midnight.
If comedy is more your thing, head to Montreal in July for the Just For Laughs Festival (of internet-video fame) – the largest comedy festival in the world.
- Winter Visiting Montreal mid-winter, with its average certainly -6°C temperature, certainly isn’t for the faint of heart. Still, a visit this time of year does give you the pleasure of doing some holiday shopping at The Botanical Garden Christmas Fair in December, or enjoying the Montreal en Lumiere – a festival of lights, food, and music held annually February through March.
- Wander the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal and Old Port, and you might just forget you’re not in Europe.
- Dine like a French-Canadian in this city, popular with foodies the world over.
- Marvel at the architectural splendor of the Notre Dame Basilica.
- Take a boat cruise around St. Lawrence River.
- Shop the funky boutiques, visit an art studio, or splurge in a chocolate shop or two in the chic Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood.
- Nature lovers: be sure to check out the Montreal Botanical Garden, Biodome, and Monte Royal Park.
- Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time (UTC -05:00) during fall/winter; Eastern Daylight Time (UST -04:00) during spring/summer when Daylight Savings Time is observed.
- Official Language: French (though English is also widely understood).
- Currency: Canadian Dollar ($).
- Dialing Code: +1.
- Driving: Like most things in Canada, driving in Montreal is a fairly laid-back experience. Street parking is also generally readily available. Speed limits are enforced, so don’t get too laid-back! In urban areas, the speed limit is 30 mph (48 km/h); on highways the limit is 80 mph (129 km/h).
Public transport is also an affordable, popular option for getting around. Quick, safe and clean, the metro connects downtown Montreal to its major tourist attractions and neighborhoods. Metro operating hours are Monday-Friday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. For a map of the Montreal Metro system, see here.
Biking and walking are also popular activities in Montreal. In fact, the Montréal Underground Pedestrian Network – a bustling 30-kilometre network of walkways – connects over 1,700 shops, restaurants and an array of services in subterranean, downtown Montreal.
- Food and Beverage: popular choices include Boulangerie de Montréal Cie, Brulerie St. Denis, Burger King, Casey's, Subway and Tim Hortons.
- Currency Exchange: Travelex Currency Services located in Terminal 4 is open daily from 6 am to 12 pm.
- Lost & Found: Call +1 514 633 3029 or visit the information desk on the first floor of the terminal (near departures).
- Car Hire: Avis, Hertz, Alamo, National, Budget, Thrifty.
- Airport Hub: Montreal-Trudeau International Airport (code YUL) is a hub to Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, Air Transat, CanJet & Sunwing Airlines.
Visitors from Egypt need a valid visa and passport to visit Canada. It take about 32 days to process the visa application; you can begin the application process online. The Embassy of Canada in Egypt is located at 26 Kamel El Shenawy St in Garden City (Phone: 202 2791 8700).
There is an Egyptian Consulate, located at 1000 Rue de la Gauchetière Ouest, Montreal. Phone number: (514) 866-8455.
Downtown Montreal is a mere 20 minutes from the Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Canada’s third biggest airport which handles some 600 flights daily. Via Express Bus 747, the journey from the airport to Berri-UQAM metro station is just 35 minutes, and is free for anyone with a TRAM, CAM, or daily tourist pass (the tourist pass costs $10, but gives you unlimited access to Montreal’s transit system for 24 hours). A cab ride costs around $38 (plus tip).