Montréal is well served by major transportation links.  If you are coming from outside of Canada, a valid passport is required.  Bringing Canadian money with you is also a good idea.

Montréal Weather in October

Anything can happen in October!  Expect late summer or early fall temperatures, with the trees just beginning to blaze, but be prepared for rain, wind, or even snow flurries.

By Air

Over thirty airlines fly into Aeroport-Montréal-Trudeau (Dorval).  Depending on traffic, the trip to the hotel will take thirty to fifty minutes on the 747 Airport Express bus (CAN$10), which stops on Boulevard René Lévesque just across from the Sheraton, or by taxi (approximately CAN$40).  Both the 747 bus stop/ticket booth and the taxi queues are signposted at Trudeau Arrivals.

You must go through Canadian Immigration and Customs after landing.  When departing for the USA, unless you are changing flights in Toronto, you will probably clear US Immigration at Trudeau before boarding, so leave extra time—at busy times, the line-ups can be slow.

By Rail and Bus

Both VIA and Amtrak serve Montreal, as do Greyhound and Trailways.  You will be processed by Canadian Immigration at the border.  Central Station (rail) is just a five-minute walk from the Sheraton.  The Central Bus station is short taxi or metro ride way, or a twenty-minute walk.

By Car

October driving conditions should be lovely, but be warned: Montréal cars are not equipped with turn signals, and obeying stop signs, red lights and lane markings is entirely optional.  Okay, just kidding, but it’s true that driving is a blood sport in Montréal.  If you do drive, you would be wise to park your car upon arrival and travel by BMW (bus, métro, walk).  Remember, too, that Montréal is an island, and access to bridges can be slow at peak hours.  Hotel parking is available: CAN$25/day (self-park) and CAN$32/day (valet).

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