Every inch of Montreal is worth exploring. But how do you get there? Check out these 10 easy, fun, and funky ways to travel around Montreal…
WALK: Some may call it old-fashioned, but putting one foot in front of the other is still the best way to travel around Montréal. It’s free, burns calories, tightens the gluteus, and allows you to stop whenever you want to take those precious #MTLMOMENTS photos. Cool places to walk in Montréal include the Old Port, Gay Village, Plateau / Mile End, Parc du Mont-Royal, Outremont, and Canal Lachine.
TAXI / LIMOUSINE / CHAUFFEUR: Easily hail a taxi anywhere in Montréal’s urban neighbourhoods, either right from the street or using one of those trusty taxi apps like Uber, Halio, TAG Taxi, Taxi Diamond or Taxi COOP. You’ll be able to spot a free taxi by the little TAXI light on the roof. Many cabs also have payment details listed here, so look for the Interact, VISA or Mastercard logos if you need to pay by card. Taxi fare starts at $3,45, and then goes up $1,70 per kilometre. For limousine or chauffeur service check Limotour.
BIXI / BIKE: During the snowless seasons, a Bixi ride around Montreal is nothing but pure bliss. With 450 docking stations located around the city, use the BIXI app to find the station closest to you. BIXI is $7 for 24-hour access, which includes free 30-minute rides. Go over the 30 minute time limit and you’ll be charged $1.75 for the full hour. In other words, make sure to check-in and check-out a new BIXI every 30 minutes at a station to avoid extra fees. Please note that there’s a security deposit of $250 per bike put on your credit card until safely returned to a station, and there’s a maximum of 2 bikes per credit card. Don’t want to be tethered to those mammoth bixis? Rent a regular bike at places like Fitz Follwell, Ca Roule Montreal, DYAD, and Ma Bicyclette and check out our Guide to biking in Montreal.
METRO/BUS: Montréal and the surrounding areas are serviced by 4 metro lines: Orange, Green, Blue, and Yellow. All metro stops are connected to bus routes to help you get even closer to your destination. The bus routes, in a nutshell; 10 – 249 are local daytime routes, 300’s are night service routes, 400’s are express service routes, and 700’s are shuttle routes (including the 747 Airport shuttle.) To help navigate the Montreal metro and bus system, download the official STM mobile app available on iOS and Android, or visit m.stm.info.
CALECHE (HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE): Traverse Montreal like they did in the olden times in a fancy horse-drawn carriage, known as a “calèche” in French. They’re easiest to find in Old Montreal in front of the Notre-Dame Basilica at Place D’Armes, or along Rue De La Commune by Place Jacques-Cartier. Although if you’re lucky you can find one wandering the trails of Mont-Royal, or trotting amongst the gridlock of downtown. Rates are typically $48 for 30 minutes, or $80 for 1 hour.
CAR2GO / CAR RENTAL: Are you a CAR2GO member? Use the app to locate the closest free car to you, and drive many places in Montreal for cheaper than a cab. You can also rent a car at Avis, Enterprise, Alamo, Thrifty, and Discount all located downtown Montreal.
QUADRICYCLE: A fun way to tour around the Old Port is in a four-wheeled bicycle, appropriately named a quadricycle. It’ll require team work and a little patients to master these things, but it’s a great family activity. Rates are $21.75 for 3 people for 30 minutes, and $43.50 for 6 people for 30 minutes. Check Ecorecreo for more information.
KANGOUFIT: The name is almost as fun as the activity. Kangoufit is essentially the sport of putting on trampoline boots and jumping around like a kangaroo. While it might look crazy, kangoufit actually improves balance and posture, increases blood circulation, reduces the impact of joints by 80% and burns up to 30% more calories. Rental is $5 for 30 min, or $10 an hour.
BOAT: Travel around Montreal on the water by booking a spot on the many river tours. Check out H20 Adventures for some high-octane fun, Le Petit Navire for a cute guided tour around the Old Port (in a boat complete with food and a bar); or the Bateau-Mouche, a floating restaurant with stunning views of the city.
SKI / SNOWSHOE: During the winter months, the thicker-skinned Montrealers like to gaily trek across the fluffy white powder using cross-country skis or snowshoes. Sounds fun right? It’s a great physically activity, and even when it’s thirty below, your brisk movements will keep you sweaty warm. Check out where to ski and snowshoe in Montreal.
Photo credits : MTTQ / Linda Turgeon, © Société de vélo en libre service, Stéphan Poulin, Eva Blue
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