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About Montréal

According to Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2013 - Montréal ranks among the Top 10 cities in the World to visit in 2013!

Montréal Metropolitain Area has over 3.8 million residents, who represent no fewer than 80 different ethnic groups that make it one of the most fascinating cultural mosaics anywhere. Montréal lives up to its reputation as an international city.

© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin 

Located on an island in the Saint Lawrence River, at about an hour from the U.S. border in southwestern Québec, Montréal is the second largest metropolitan area in Canada. It is also the largest French-speaking city in North America and the world’s second-largest French-speaking city. It is considered North America’s most European city. English is also widely spoken here and well understood and, in just a short while, Spanish has become the city’s third language.

© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin 

This is not a sprawling urban centre by North American standards, and that’s part of Montréal’s charm. Montréal - safe, clean and green – is good to her citizens and guests alike. Being a very safe city with an extraordinary quality of life, visitors are able to explore Montréal on foot, day and night.

Montréal is renowned for its numerous universities, medical and scientific research centres; Montréal is a competitive force in many leading industries.

© Commission canadienne du tourisme, Pierre St-Jacques 

Montréal is also recognized for its diverse and modern cultural and artistic life. The visual arts flourish here, too, at the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, the Musée d’art contemporain, and hundreds of top-notch local galleries. In fact, Montréal has an international reputation for creative excellence, not just in the traditional arts, but in cutting-edge technology, multimedia, sound and film production.

© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin

Home to numerous and varied excellent restaurants, well-known for its art of living and its gastronomy, Montréal is also the scene of an incredible number of cultural happenings all year round where its world famous “joie de vivre” becomes most visible.

© Tourisme Montréal, Stéphan Poulin

Montréal has a rich architectural heritage and fabulous parks and outdoor activities. It is truly an original city connected to the rhythms of the world and is sure to fascinate you.

For more information, please visit the Tourisme Montréal website at


map   Map of Downtown Montréal

Public Transportation

The subway lines make traveling between downtown hotels, attractions very practical. A STM Tourist Pass can be purchased for one or three days which permits unlimited use of the transit system including the métro and buses. The pass is available at most métro stations.

map metro   Map of the Metro

The Hyatt Regency Hotel is located at the Place des arts Métro Station.


Travelling to Montréal

Montréal is an international city, accessible from just about anywhere in the world!

Just 20 minutes from downtown, the Montréal-Pierre-Elliott Trudeau International Airport is serviced by over 200 direct flights per day, keeping it well within reach of most travellers.

Taxis and limousines ensure quick service to and from Montréal's downtown core. There is also a shuttle bus service which links the airport to convenient connecting points in Montréal. Featuring nine stops in each direction, the 747 service is provided 24 hours a day, 365 days a year between Montréal’s central bus terminal (Berri-UQAM metro station) and Montréal-Trudeau airport. There is a bus stop at the corner of René-Lévesque Blvd and Jeanne-Mance Street, at a walking distance from the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

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For travellers making the connection between Montréal and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, it’s possible to travel by train between the VIA’s Dorval station and Montréal’s Central Station. You must purchase a ticket from a VIA Rail ticket agent. No advance booking is necessary as you may get a ride aboard any train travelling in the direction of Ottawa or Toronto. If the train is full when you board, you are welcome to stand for the short journey. It’s only a 20-minute ride

The AirConnect shuttle service is also available and free when you wish to travel in any direction between VIA's Dorval station and Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport!

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Montréal's Gare Centrale, with rail connections from New York or Washington, is also a major stop for domestic trains from eastern or western Canada. The downtown station is conveniently connected to the underground metro Bonaventure station by a pedestrian passageway and to the Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Bus travellers arrive right downtown at the Montréal Bus Central Station which is also connected to the métro station Berri-UQAM.

Where to Eat in Downtown Montréal

List of restaurants


During the month of May, the average high is 19C (66F) and the average low is 7C (45F).

Time Zone

Canada uses six primary time zones. From east to west they are Newfoundland Time Zone, Atlantic Time Zone, Eastern Time, Central Time Zone, Mountain Time Zone, and the Pacific Time Zone. Québec is located in the Eastern Time Zone, five hours behind British time and six hours behind European time.

Pacific Time

Mountain Time

Central Time

Eastern Time

Newfoundland Time

Atlantic Time

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