What Do Transportation Infrastructures Look Like in Greater Montréal?

Greater Montréal can count on a varied and well-organized transportation network. Here’s a quick overview:

Metro and Bus

On the Island of Montréal, the Société de transport de Montréal provides public transit service by metro or bus. Visit its website or download its application to check routes, rates and schedules.

On the South Shore, public transit is provided by the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL), whereas in Laval, you are serviced by the Société de transport de Laval (STL).

Commuter Trains

Greater Montréal residents can also rely on Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT) commuter trains. Rates, schedules, service status: you’ll find all of this information on the AMT website.

Car-Sharing

A car-sharing pioneer in Québec, Communauto offers its members the possibility of reserving a car for short periods. As for its Auto-mobile service, it allows you to use a self-service car parked in the city.

Driver’s licence

If you plan to use a service such as Communauto, you must have a driver’s licence. The SAAQ (Société de l’Assurance Automobile du Québec – Québec automobile insurance corporation) is responsible for all matters concerning the Québec driver’s licence.

If you wish to take your driver’s licence while you are studying, you can do so. Among other things, you must provide proof that you are authorized to stay in Canada for a period of at least 6 months.

Already have a driver’s license in your home country? You could use it if it meets the SAAQ’s requirements.

If you decide to stay in Québec after your studies, you will need to obtain a Québec driver’s licence. There are agreements between Québec and certain countries; check if you can benefit from them.

Bike-Sharing System

Launched in 2013, BIXI has quickly become a favorite of Montrealers and tourists. With its 5,200 self-service bikes spread out across 460 stations throughout Montréal, Westmount and Longueuil, this service is a must for life in urban Montréal.

Bike Lanes

Whether you get on a BIXI or your own bike, nearly 800 km of bike lanes  criss-crossing the entire Island of Montréal await you!

To head out on two-wheels and explore Montréal’s north or south shores, consult the following maps for bike route networks outside the Island:

To Head Out to the Countryside or Leave the Province or Country

Interested in taking a weekend sightseeing trip or business trip to the city of Québec, Ottawa or Toronto? A coach departing from the Gare d’autocars de Montréal or VIA Rail train departing from the Central Station will take you there in just a few hours. In a hurry? Head out to Montréal-Trudeau airport for a flight with Air Canada, Air Transat, Porter or Westjet.

Did you know?

More and more Montrealers are no longer putting their bikes in winter storage as demonstrated by the growing number of members in the Facebook Vélo d’hiver- Montréal group. And the City is beginning to keep up with the pace: currently, 60 km of bike lanes are maintained all winter long in Montréal.

Currently, 60 km of bike lanes are maintained all winter long in Montréal.
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