See the city like a local (and save money) by hopping on a Bixi. The bike-share program was launched in 2009 and now has over 400 stations and 5,000 bicycles navigating the city’s generous bike lanes. The system is set up for short trips: Pay a base fee for the day or weekend, and if you check your bike back in in under 30 minutes, your ride is free (longer trips cost extra). The season lasts from April to November – only the bike couriers are brave enough to ride through slush and snow.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is located in Dorval, about half an hour from downtown Montreal. Highways 20 and 520 are the main access roads to the city, but there are other services available if you don’t have a car. For $8, the Express Bus 747 connects you from the airport to downtown Montreal every fifteen minutes during peak times. Taxis charge a fixed rate of $38 from the airport to downtown Montreal.
If hailing one from the street doesn’t work, you can easily find taxis waiting at the corners of major avenues in Montreal and near public attractions. You’ll also find cab line-ups in surprising places, like seemingly insignificant corners in the middle of the Plateau, so make a mental note when you spot one.