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Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (IATA code YUL), often simply called Montreal-Trudeau, is on the Island of Montreal, about 20 kilometres from the city centre. It was named in honour of Canada’s 15th Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.

Montreal’s international airport serves over 14 million passengers a year and handles flights to Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as to various destinations throughout North and South America.

Montreal airport facilities

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport includes a domestic concourse, an international concourse and a concourse exclusively for flights bound to the United States. It’s one of eight Canadian airports that offers United States border preclearance.

Montreal-Trudeau Airport includes a wide range of restaurants, fast-food outlets, cafés, and bars in both the main departure and arrival halls, and duty-free shopping is available on the departures level. A number of currency exchange booths and ATMs are also available.

Both the arrivals and departures levels include information desks, and self-service information points are located at various points. Wi-Fi is free throughout the airport and a number of internet kiosks are available.

Other facilities at Montreal-Trudeau Airport include:
- Several VIP airport lounges, including three Air Canada lounges, an Air France/KLM lounge and a “pay-per-use” Red Carpet Lounge.
- Baby feeding rooms and video games for children.
- The in-terminal Marriott Montreal Hotel, which is attached to the US Departures concourse; as well as rooms, the hotel offers extensive business and conference services.
- A lost and found office, which is located in the arrivals area.
- A multi-faith prayer room.
- Public phones, each equipped with an emergency button for calling for first aid.
- Wheelchairs for hire and text telephones for the hearing-impaired.

Getting to and from Montreal-Trudeau Airport

Taxis are readily available outside the arrivals hall of the airport. They charge a standard fare for the trip to downtown Montreal, and metred fares for other routes.

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) operates several bus routes that serve the airport. Bus 747 departs every 10 to 12 minutes during the day, or roughly every half hour at night, and connects to eight stops in downtown Montreal. The trip into the city centre takes about 35 minutes. You can buy tickets for the bus at the ICE currency exchange counter in the international arrivals hall.

A number of shuttle buses, which connect to cities elsewhere in Canada, also operate from the airport. These include Orléans Express, Greyhound and Aeroshuttle.

Currently there’s no direct rail link to Montreal-Trudeau Airport, although one is planned. For now, a free shuttle service connects the airport to the Dorval station, which is 2 kilometres away. From Dorval, you can connect to a number of VIA Rail routes, between Montreal and Ottawa, Quebec City and Toronto.

Short-term parking is available in the multi-level ExpressPark area, opposite the airport terminal. The ProxiPark facility, which is a short walk from the terminal, offers both short and long-term parking. Long-term parking is also available from the InterPark and EconoParc areas. A shuttle bus runs from the airport terminal to the EconoParc area every 15 minutes.

Several car rental agencies, including Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty, operate from the airport and have offices on the ground level of the ExpressPark multi-level car park.