Travel guide to Montréal

Facts

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Inhabitants
1,700,000
Timezone
When it is 12.00 in England, it is 06.00 in Montreal.

Best time to visit

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Montreal is worth visiting all year round, but many prefer going there in the summer or fall, where the festivals provide extra entertainment.

Literature

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Destination Montreal (082252788X)

Culture and entertainment

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Summer and fall in Montreal appears to a long line of festivals, starting in June with a ten-day Festival International de Jazz, attracting a million visitors who want to hear the more than 1000 musicians playing, many of the world-known. The World Film Festival and the Just For Laughs, in the Port Vieux area, take place in August. Some of the other festivals celebrate beer, alternative films, French world music and international cuisine. Every Saturday in July and every Sunday in June, the sky above the Montreal promenades burst into colours and fire, when firework teams compete for prices in the International Fireworks Competition.

Accommodation / Hotel

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Montreal has about 24,000 hotel rooms, ranging from five to one stars. Besides the grandiose and the budget hotels, you can also find B&B, university dorm rooms, hostels and Tourist Homes, which are old houses, renting out rooms cheaply. Book your hotel in Montréal here

Local transport

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Taxi

The major taxi companies in Montreal are Diamond Taxi, Lasalle and Champlain. There are plenty of taxis and you usually get one at once.

Other transport

The buses and the Montreal Metro combine forces in an excellent way. You use the same ticket for both and there's always one of the 65 metro stations nearby. You can also rent a car or a bicycle, but if you want a compressed sightseeing tour, you should opt for either the motorboat, ferry, seaplane, limousine, taxi, bus, horse drawn carriage or guided tours on foot.

Special conditions

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If you plan to visit Montreal during the summer or fall, you should book a room well in advance, as these are the seasons where the city is full of festivals and attracts thousands of visitors.
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