Things to do in Montréal

The following document contains some ideas of things to do in Montréal: Things_To_Do_In_Montreal_TSFP13.pdf

Travel to Montréal

Montréal is a very well connected city. Here is a list of the most convenient transport options.

Via Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)

YUL is an international airport that has non-stop passenger flights scheduled to 148 destinations in 46 countries. In the majority of cases, a participant can reach Montréal through only 1 or no connections. See this page for the list of direct flights to the Montréal airport. The airport is well connected with downtown Montréal.
  • The 747 bus line runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the airport and downtown Montréal (corner of Berri and Sainte-Catherine - Berri-UQAM station). Travel time may vary between 45 to 70 minutes (11 stops), depending on traffic conditions. At the airport, the 747 stop is located a few meters from the exit at door 28. Exit the bus at the René-Lévesque/Mansfield station to be closest to the Centre Mont-Royal (the conference venue). The Centre Mont-Royal is an 8-minute walk up Mansfield Street (see figure below).


  • Here is a list of hotels that offer a shuttle service to the airport.
  • Uber and taxis service is also available at the airport. A one-way taxi ride from the airport to downtown Montréal costs between CA$49 and CA$56 depending on the time of the day. More information about taxi services from/to the airport is provided here:

VIA Rail

Canada offers inter-city connections along the Ottawa-Montréal, Toronto-Kingston-Montréal and Quebec City-Montréal corridors if you decide to fly to one of these cities.

By cruise lines

There are several marinas located on the St. Lawrence River just minutes from downtown. Many cruise lines also use Montréal as a starting or ending point for their itineraries along the St. Lawrence River at the Port of Montréal. This port is a starting point for the Canada/New England route and the beginning and end point for travel to and from Europe, as well as to and from the Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Over 70,000 cruise passengers pass through Montréal every year.

By car

American visitors or international travelers transiting through the United States can drive to Montréal via Interstates 87 and 89. Montréal is located only 65 km (40 miles) from the closest United States border crossing.

VISA for travel to Canada

All visitors require a valid passport to enter Canada. If you require a VISA to travel to Canada and need an invitation letter, first register on the TSFP13 Conftool website (, and then download and print out your visa invitation letter (available under the “Visa Invitation Letter” menu). The list of entry requirements by country is available at:

Please consult the file below, which contains additional important information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for international invitees seeking entry into Canada to attend an event registered with IRCC.

IRCC information letter

Note that participant information may be shared with IRCC to identify and coordinate the processing of visa applications and, upon request, provide organizers updates of aggregate data on the status of visa applications of event participants, within the confines of the Privacy Act and at the discretion of the Special Events Unit.