Fall in love with Montreal when you hire a cheap rental car today
With its French colonial buildings, cobblestoned streets and French-speaking population, Montreal is reminiscent of Francophone Europe. This cultured Canadian city is home to over 1.7 million people, making it the second most populous city in the country, after Toronto. To tour this cosmopolitan metropolis at the heart of Quebec, hire a cheap rental car with freedom to visit all the best sites.
When driving in Montreal, it is important to account for the many one-way streets in the city. Remember also that road signs are in French. "Arrêt" means stop, "congestion" is traffic, "sortie" is an exit and an "Expy" is an expressway.
Driving from airport to Montreal
After picking up your rental car, your drive to the city will take around 20 to 30 minutes. For the quickest route, hop on the Autoroute 520 to Autoroute 20 which turns into 720 E and take exit 4 to drive into the city centre near St. Lawrence River.
Montreal driving tips
New to Canada? Here are a few driving tips worth noting:
● Drive on the right-hand side and overtake on the left.
● Every passenger must wear a seatbelt.
● Roundabouts are common in Quebec, traffic flows in an anticlockwise direction.
● Speed limit signs are posted in kilometres.
● Take precaution in winter weather and avoid driving in snow or icy conditions if you can help it.
At Montreal Airport, choose from three parking options: short-term, long-term and valet service. Choose the ground level parking only a few minutes walk from the terminal if you plan to be there for a short period, and use the multi-level parking garage for longer trips. If you are short on time, drop your car off with a valet in front of the terminal for a premium price. Just picking up a passenger? A free CellParc waiting lot is available to park in for up to one hour.
Parking in downtown Montreal can be pricey and difficult to find. Try on-street metered parking which is enforced Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm, Saturday from 9am to 6pm and Sunday from 1pm to 6pm for $1.50 to $3 per hour. Parking garages are scattered throughout the city. If you’re heading to Old Montreal, leave the car within walking distance or use public transport - parking in the area is scarce.
Hiring a cheap rental car in Montreal
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Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL)
Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is located in the suburb of Dorval, 20 kilometres from downtown Montreal. Serving over 16.6 million passengers each year, this provincial hub is the busiest airport in Quebec
The ground floor is the arrival area which includes baggage claim, tourist information, rental car counters and public transportation. Complimentary WiFi is available for your first hour. If you are picking up your rental car in the city, hop on the 747 bus or take the free shuttle to the VIA rail line. Hail a taxi or book an Uber for the quickest travel time.
Montreal is home to over 1.7 million residents, with a large population of European ethnicities from France, Italy, Ireland and England. French is the mother language; english second. The city itself is on the Island of Montreal between the Saint Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers.
Top tourist destinations in Montreal
Stroll along the St. Lawrence River visiting local artisan markets and admiring 18th century architecture in Old Montreal. Hire bicycles to tour the many boroughs surrounding the downtown such as Cote des Neiges Notre Dame de Grace and Le Plateau Mont Royal. Fall in love with the creative side of the city which emanates from its street art, local galleries, museums and festivals. Experience the world’s largest Jazz Festival or one of the other 90 festivals that take place annually. All the best of French Canada lies waiting for you when you hire a car in Montreal.