Access To And Within Montréal
Montréal is close to the heavily populated American east coast and is a gateway city for international travellers from Europe. Just 20 minutes from the city centre, Montréal-Trudeau International Airport makes getting to Montréal a breeze with over 200 flights arriving daily.
Once in Montréal, attendees will mostly use the subway (metro) lines as well as the main bus routes that service the Montréal metropolitan area. In addition to these traditional modes of transportation, Montréal offers a public sharing bike system called BIXI (a contraction of the words BIcycle and taXI).
It is important to keep in mind that Montréal is a human-scale walkable city. Its city center is compact and all is within walking distance.
Why Will You Love Montréal?
Montréal is exciting, cosmopolitan and safe. In fact, as far as attendee-boosting destinations go, Montréal is quite frankly one of the most appealing. Our recent accolades include being named North America’s Food Capital (Town & Country), the Best City in the World for Students (QS Best Student Cities ranking) and one of the safest cities on the planet (The Economist).
Offering a signature blend of North American and European culture, Montréal is just two hours from many major American cities and an international hub for 150 global destinations. In addition, Montréal’s Old Port and downtown areas are easy to explore on foot, with a combination of shops and restaurants, cobblestone alleys and brightly lit landmarks.
Visitors to Montréal enjoy a warm welcome in each of the vibrant neighbourhoods that make up our international metropolis. The city’s population of over 4 million comprises 120 different cultural groups who speak French, English and 80 other languages. Find out why we’re known for our big-city style and small-town hospitality. But most importantly, what truly sets Montréal apart from other cities is its people. With a reputation for having a warm and welcoming attitude, Montréalers are gracious hosts to visitors from all four corners of the world and all walks of life.
Summer Fun in Montréal
Summer takes off at top speed with the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada. Then, it’s the kick-off of Montréal’s summer festival season. Circus arts, music, fashion and design, theatre, games and fireworks are some of the hot happenings that burst onto the scene, and make the city and our hearts bright. Ignite your summer in the city that has the most festival days in the world!
Spotlight on the Festival International De Jazz De Montréal
Ranked as the world’s largest jazz festival by Guiness World Records / According to The New York Times, “The King of Montréal’s assorted summer cultural festivals” / 1,000 concerts and activities—two-thirds of them free—in 15 concert halls and on 8 outdoor stages
For Montrealers, food is a way of life. And a multicultural population combined with epicurean innovation has translated into close to 6,000 restaurants city-wide, including 80 different types of regional and international cuisines. In restaurants across town, Montréal’s master chefs have been creatively crafting the city’s platinum reputation for culinary excellence to rival that of major world destinations. Whether they are pushing boundaries with innovative dishes, refining the grand classics or putting a gastronomic spin on traditional fare, the masters understand that a great meal should not just be eaten, it should be lovingly shared and savoured.