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Getting to IASCL 2011


Montreal Trudeau International Airport is a 25 to 50-minute journey by taxi or by bus from the City Centre, depending on rush hour traffic.

By Taxi


At the airport, you can get a taxi or a limousine at the arrivals level near the central exit where a dispatcher will assist you. A certain number of adapted taxis are also available upon asking.

Taxi fares Taxi Limousine
To downtown $38.00 (Fixed fare) $49.50 / $54.50 (Fixed fares)
To other destinations By meter (Minimum fare: $16.25) Rate card (Minimum fare: $49.50)

Payment methods: Visa, MasterCard and American Express credit cards. Some drivers accept U.S. currency but provincial regulations require customers to pay in Canadian currency.

By Express Bus


The 747 Express Bus line between the airport and downtown is in service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The trip between Montréal-Trudeau Airport and the Montréal bus terminal at Berri-UQAM Metro Station (IASCL Venue) takes between 35 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. Once downtown, the Express Bus stops at different places, including near the official IASCL hotels and student residence. Click here to see the Express Bus schedule and itinerary.

Individual tickets, priced at $8 for a one-way trip, are valid for 24 hours across the entire Montreal bus and subway network. At the airport, tickets are sold at the International Currency Exchange (ICE) counter on the international arrivals level. The $8 fare is also payable in cash aboard the bus - coins only, bills not accepted. Once in Montreal, return tickets can be bought at the Gare d'autocars de Montréal (Central Bus Terminal), at the Infotourist Centre, and in several downtown metro stations.


Berri-UQAM Metro Station. underground exit name : Université du Québec à Montréal
Université du Québec à Montréal, 405, Sainte-Catherine E.


By Public Transit

If you've never used Montreal's public transit system before and need help figuring out what bus is where, type in your departure address and destination address (or intersection) using the STM's Tous Azimuts online service. It will propose three possible trip itineraries. You can also consult the following series of STM maps.

Public transit tickets are valid both for bus and metro rides. A single ticket costs $2.75, a strip of six tickets, $12, and a weekly pass good for unlimited rides, $19. Exact change is required to pay bus fares in cash. In order to transfer between the metro and the bus system, it is necessary to have a transfer (correspondance), good for ninety minutes, supplied by the automatic machines just beyond the turnstiles at the station where the journey starts; aboard buses, the transfers are given out on request by the driver.

The Montreal Metro subway system is the best way to get about town quickly. The stations are marked on the street by blue-and-white signs that show a circle enclosing a down-pointing arrow. Metro operating hours are Monday to Friday and Sunday from 5:30 to 1:00, and Saturday from 5:30 to 1:30.

By taxi

If you prefer getting around by taxi, it's easy to flag one down on the street. Tipping of 10% - 15% is customary although not mandatory. Or you can call a taxi from one of these two reliable companies: Taxi Coop - Atlas Taxi .

By Bixi (Public Bicycle System)

Bixi is Montréal's new public bicycle system that provides 5,000 bicycles and 400 stations located around the city's central core. Costing $5 payable by credit card at Bixi Pay Stations, the 24-hour option gives you the right to an unlimited number of 30-minute trips in a 24-hour period. Usage fees will be charged for longer trips.

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