A visa or an electronic travel authorization (eTA) is required for all international visitors, except U.S. citizens.
For U.S. citizens, an American passport or a Nexus card is required.
To find out if you need a visa or an eTA, you can answer this quiz on the government of Canada website.
Also check the entry requirements by country or territory to find out which documents you need.
Other useful information
As of writing, there are no requirements to enter Canada related to COVID-19, although it is not recommended to enter Canada if exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
Getting to Montréal
International visitors will likely arrive through the Montréal-Trudeau International Airport. From the airport, you can take a taxi (signage will direct you to the taxi line) or the 747 bus to get into the city.
A taxi from the airport to the centre of Montréal is a fixed rate of 49.45 CAD (at the time of writing). For other destinations, the rate depends on the time and distance.
The STM 747 bus line takes you from the airport (exit 28) to the Lionel-Groulx metro station or the Berri-UQAM metro station and includes some stops downtown. The fare is 11 CAD, and tickets can be bought at machines in the airport.
Some may want to take it easy and take the train into Montréal. You will arrive at the Gare Centrale (central station).
The Gare Centrale is directly downtown and connected to the Bonaventure metro station.
American visitors coming in from the north-eastern United States can take an Amtrak train from New York or Albany.
Canadian visitors can take ViaRail trains. ViaRail has stations in many Canadian cities, including Toronto, Ottawa, and Québec.
Montréal is connected to many major highways, including the A13, the A15, the A19, the A20, the A25 and the A40 to name only a few.
You can easily plan your trip using Google maps or Waze.
If you decide to take your car, make sure to plan for parking!
Although unlikely, you may come in to the port by water. Montréal is a port city after all.
Visitors from the south shore can take river shuttles into the city.
Getting around in Montréal
We recommend using public transit to get around.
The STM (Société de transport de Montréal) is the agency in charge of the metro and buses. You can get tickets in all metro stations as well as some dépanneurs and pharmacies.
In general, one trip is 3.75 CAD, but we recommend getting a multi-trip card or a weekly card. Check the fares on the STM website. Zone A is sufficient for getting around in Montréal. If you live or get a hotel in Laval or Longueuil or cities further away, you will need to get Zone B or C tickets.
You can also use Bixi, the bike share program. You can rent bicycles using the Bixi App for 1.25 CAD per ride.
Taxis and Uber are also easy (although more expensive) ways to get around.
You can use various apps to plan your trips, including Google maps, Transit, and Chrono.