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Experience magical, cultural Montreal

Book tickets to Montreal and you’ll be immersed in Canada’s busiest French-speaking city.

Situated in the southwestern corner of Quebec, you can enjoy the rich history and culture of one of Canada’s oldest areas.

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Fly to Montreal and explore the diverse creative scene. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has a permanent collection of over 43,000 works including international art and sculpture.

Take in some high-octane action at La Ronde amusement park or get a real taste of Montreal’s French-infused culture through its varied and bold cuisine.

Surrounded by the St Lawrence and Prairies rivers, Montreal offers beautiful waterfront views and walks wherever you’re visiting.

Experience some of Canada’s finest sights, from the incredible Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal to Mount Royal – a lush park with views across the city. Book flights to Montreal and prepare to explore.

What's the weather like in Montreal?

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Montreal has a continental climate, which makes summer a popular time to visit the city. Temperatures hover around 20°C during this time.

By September, the climate is usually milder and temperatures can regularly fall below freezing towards the end of the year.

Reasons to visit Montreal

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Beautiful architecture

Named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006, Montreal is home to 50 National Historic Sites of Canada (the most in the country) and is bursting with beautiful historical buildings. Arrange a guided tour when you book your flights to Montreal to learn about the most prominent buildings and how they’ve helped this city thrive.

Once the country’s central hub for industry and finance, a stroll around Montreal will take you past the old buildings that tell the story of Montreal’s rich history. The French influence is noticeable in its architecture too, with grey stone structures dotted through the downtown and Old Port neighbourhoods.

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A cultural paradise

Montreal is famous around the world for hosting a variety of cultural festivals, including the renowned International Jazz Festival, Just for Laughs comedy festival, and Montreal World Film Festival.

Even if you don’t fly to Montreal when these famous events are on, you can still catch a memorable performance or exhibition at one of the city’s numerous music venues, museums, or art galleries.

For a must-see highlight, visit the Museum of Contemporary Art. Here you’ll find collections of modern art and exhibitions looking at sculpture and photography. You’ll even find works from Thomas Hirschhorn, Ann Hamilton and Andy Warhol.

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Explore the ‘underground city’

Montreal’s ‘underground city’ – formally called the RÉSO – is one of Canada’s most interesting and clever examples of urban planning. The 20 miles (32 kilometres) of pedestrian-friendly tunnels connect the city, making Montreal easy to navigate and explore.

Using both underground and ground-level tunnels, you’ll find thousands of shops, restaurants, and university buildings, within easy reach.

Metro stations are dotted throughout the ‘underground city’, making it a complete solution for exploring the city, regardless of what the weather is like. You can find a free map at any Metro station to plan your route with ease.

Things to know before you fly to Montreal

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After your flight to Montreal, it’s easy to get from the airport to the city centre. An express bus runs regularly to the city centre throughout the week. There are also larger shuttle buses and hotel-airport services. To arrive in style, why not book a private transfer with Etihad?

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Located in Quebec – Canada’s French-speaking province, you can expect to hear both French and English spoken in Montreal. Around 50 per cent of the population speak French as their first language. French Canadian is unique to Quebec and is different from the French spoken in Europe.

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Montreal is an incredibly accessible city by both public transport and foot. You can use the bus network or the Metro to travel longer distances, or simply flag down a taxi. If you’re keen to see the city from a local’s perspective, make use of the ‘underground city’.

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There are a few must-try dishes while in Montreal. No trip would be complete without a bagel – eaten fresh and still hot from the oven. Poutine is another classic dish, popular throughout Quebec – fries smothered in gravy and topped with cheese curds.

Flying to Montreal: FAQs

When does it snow in Montreal?

Canada is famous for its cold winters and scenic snowfall.

The snowy season tends to run from November to March, with the heaviest snowfall in January and February. It’s also not unusual to see light snowfall in October and early April.

How many days should I spend in Montreal?

If possible, dedicate at least five days, which will give you plenty of time to settle into your accommodation and experience the best of the city’s history, art and entertainment.

However, a longer stay allows you to really embrace the local culture, take in a festival, or explore more of Canada.

Where should I shop in Montreal?

Whether you’re looking for unique boutiques or world-famous brands, you’ll find it all in Montreal.

Boulevard St Laurent is one of the busiest parts of the city, where you can explore high-end and bargain boutiques alike. Saint Catherine Street is known for its iconic department stores and designer shops.

Where should I stay in Montreal?

Montreal has a hub of neighbourhoods to pick from. Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal), in the heart of the city, is the oldest district and a great place to stay to be close to attractions, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Notre-Dame Basilica.

Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie is the best place for families to stay in Montreal – you’ll be surrounded by parks and gardens yet still central.

Why we love Montreal

“Montreal charms you whether you’re visiting for the first time, or you're a regular in the city. There’s just something about the Old Town’s cobblestone streets and buildings. It's also a vibrant place. You land there and just want to join in with whatever event is happening.”

Weather in Montreal

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Friday25 Sep 2020
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