Transportation options to and from the Montréal airport
Montréal-Trudeau international airport (YUL) is one of Canada’s most important hubs. The flag carrier and the nation’s largest airline, Air Canada, is headquartered in Montréal. Notably, American travellers are increasingly using the airport as a seamless hub to transfer to a selection of European destinations, such as France and Portugal.
In comparison with the corresponding periods last year, the number of passengers utilizing Montréal–Trudeau International airport continues to reach new highs. During the first half of 2017, 8.5 million passengers enplaned/deplaned — that’s an increase in 8.6%. The airport is preparing for steady growth over the next decade.
Speaking of growth, the ground transportation services to and from the airport are also diversifying.
ORDER A RIDE FROM YOUR PHONE
In Montréal, Téo is a fleet of electric taxis that can be summoned directly from an app on your mobile device. The modern cars are sleek, include free Wi-Fi and can pick you up from or drop you off at the airport. No matter what time of day or night, travellers will find Téo drivers at the official pick-up area at Gate 6 of the departure level (second floor). This is also where travellers meet Uber drivers.
DRIVER ROLL UP THE PARTITION PLEASE
Sometimes you want to impress a client. Along with traditional taxis, limousines are also available for travellers needing transport into the city. To find a limousine or taxi, go to the arrivals level near the central exit, where a dispatcher will assist you. For taxis, it is not necessary to book in advance. For limousines, booking ahead might be helpful, but is also not obligatory.
THE COLLECTIVE CHOICE
For the budget-conscious traveller, a public bus service called “The 747” is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The bus provides a direct line between the airport and downtown Montréal, where it stops at a handful of metro stations and hotels. The journey time is approximately 45 minutes, depending on traffic conditions. To catch the bus, head to the arrivals level.
Tip: Buy your ticket at one of the kiosks before you board!
AN AIRPORT THAT’S TAKING OFF
Aéroports de Montréal (the governing body of the airport) is committed to making the Montréal-Trudeau airport as efficient and comfortable as possible. Over the next couple of years, approximately $500 million will be invested into improvements and renovations. These new projects include:
- Definition of new routes and reorganization of the customs area;
- Creation of a connecting flight centre for transit;
- Posting of wait times;
- Addition of a team dedicated to facilitating passenger flow;
- Installation of next-generation customs control stations.
- A great airport is becoming even better!