Flights to Montreal
Montreal is located in the Canadian province of Quebec. It is the largest city in the province, though not the capital, and the second largest city in the country. Here are some essential things to know before making your trip to Montreal.
- The city is French speaking. Road signs have to be displayed in French before English by law, while customer service personnel are more often required to speak in French rather than English. Aside from Paris, Montreal is the largest French speaking city in the world with 57% of the city’s 1.9 million inhabitants speaking French as a primary language.
- That said, English is common – I wouldn’t be worried if you don’t know anything but a few basic phrases!
- Canadian dollars are the currency in the city.
- Montreal is a culturally rich city and has a reputation for being one of the liveliest cities in North America
Things to see and do in Montreal
There is an awful lot to do in Montreal. You could spend weeks here without scratching the surface. There are a few things you absolutely cannot miss though...
- Old Montreal and, in particular, the Basilique Notre Dame
- Montreal Botanical Gardens
- Mont Royal
- The Museum of Fine Arts
- Parc Olympique
- Take a walk downtown and admire the towering skyscrapers and McGill University
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When you arrive after your flights Montreal Trudeau Airport is where you will land. Its full name is Aeroport International Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montreal but that is quite a mouthful hence the shortened version. After disembarkation from your flights Montreal city centre is about 15 miles away, the shuttle bus taking about 45 minutes.
Marvels of Montreal
Being the second largest city in Canada means Montreal has a lot to offer from the modern skyscrapers to historic cathedrals, from an urban feel to a wildness just beyond the St Lawrence River, and from a cosmopolitan vibe to corners of parochialism.
Though the island of Montreal is sizeable, the core of the city is manageable, with Vieux-Montreal along the river, a buzzing Latin quarter and a downtown area all within easy reach. The old part has an amazing number of 17th to 19th century buildings, such as Basilique Notre-Dame and Seminaire de St-Sulpice, considered the oldest structure in the city.
The district of Plateau Mont-Royal is the place to go for fun and entertainment. Customers from the many bars spill out onto the streets in the warmer months, filling the air with chatter and music. There are also restaurants with cuisine from all over the world and an exuberant nightlife scene.
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