Air Travel

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Air Travel

Flying time (gate-to-gate) to Montréal is about 1½ hours from New York, 2½ hours from Chicago, 4 hours from Dallas, and 6 hours from Los Angeles. Flying time to Québec City is about 2 hours from New York, 3 hours from Chicago, 5 hours from Dallas, and 7 hours from Los Angeles.

Trudeau Airport offers self-serve check-in and boarding passes at electronic kiosks throughout the airport. Make sure you arrive at the airport two hours before your flight's scheduled departure.

Security measures at Canadian airports are similar to those in the United States.

Airport Security Issues

Transportation Security Administration.


For service to Montréal, Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, also known by its previous name, Dorval International Airport, is 20 km (12.5 miles) west of the city. Québec City's Jean Lesage International Airport is about 13 km (9 miles) northwest of Downtown. Both airports handle domestic and international flights.

Airport Information

Aéroports de Montréal. 800 pl. Leigh-Capreol, Suite 1000, Dorval, Québec, H4Y 0A5. 514/394–7200;

Jean Lesage International Airport. 418/640–3300; 877/769–2700;

Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. 800/465–1213; 514/394–7377;

Ground Transportation

In Montréal, a taxi from Trudeau International to Downtown costs C$40. All taxi companies must charge the same rate for travel between the airport and Downtown.

The least expensive way to get from Trudeau International Airport into the city is to take the 747 Express Bus, operated by Société de transport de Montréal. Shuttles leave from Montréal Central Bus Station, which is connected to Berri–UQAM métro station. They run approximately every 15 minutes all day long, except during the rush hours of 4 pm to 6 pm, when they leave every 10 minutes. The cost is C$10 one-way, payable in coins only (no bills). Also available from automated dispensers in the airport are C$10 day bus passes, which not only buy you a ticket for the airport shuttle but also unlimited travel on the entire Montréal bus and métro system for a 24-hour period.

In Québec City, taxis are available immediately outside the airport exit near the baggage-claim area. A ride into the city costs a flat rate of C$34.25. Taxi Coop de Québec is the largest taxi company in the city. Private limo service is expensive, starting at C$65 for the ride from the airport into the city. Try Groupe Limousine A-1.

Montréal Contacts

Société de transport de Montréal. 514/786–4636;

Québec City Contacts

Groupe Limousine A-1. 418/523–5059; 866/523–5059;

Taxi Coop de Québec. 418/525–5191;


All the major U.S. airlines, including American, Delta, and United, serve Montréal and Québec City.

Regularly scheduled flights from the United States to Montréal and Québec City as well as flights within Canada are available on Air Canada and the regional airlines associated with it, including Air Canada Express (reservations are made through Air Canada). Porter Airlines also has connecting service to Montréal and Québec City from select U.S. cities, via Toronto’s Billy Bishop Airport.

Airline Contacts

Air Canada. 888/247–2262;

American Airlines. 800/433–7300;

Delta Airlines. 800/221–1212; 800/241–4141;

Porter Airlines. 888/619–8622;


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