When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Montréal?
The warm summer months of June, July and August are the most popular times for Montréal flights, when the city hosts a busy calendar of festivals, ranging from jazz to circus to comedy. The nearby ski resorts are hugely popular in winter, and Montréal hosts its Christmas village in December. November and early spring are good times to fly if you want to take advantage of cheap flights to Montréal.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Montréal?
It’s best to book your Montréal flights at least two to three months in advance to find the best offers on airfares, and further in advance if you plan to travel in summer. Using Netflights.com, you can compare prices on both direct flights and stopping services to find the best deal on return flights to Montréal. Lots of airlines fly from the UK to Montréal all year round so it’s worth checking regularly for promotions and sales on return flights and last-minute flights may be available in peak season.
Flying to Montréal Trudeau International Airport YUL
Montréal Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is located 20 kilometres from downtown Montréal. The airport serves international and domestic flights to 140 destinations and handles more than 16 million passengers each year.
Lufthansa, British Airways and Air Canada all operate direct flights from London to Montréal, departing from London Gatwick Airport, London City Airport and London Heathrow Airport. West Jet, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Finnair, Icelandair, Air Transat, Iberia Airlines, SN Brussels Airlines, Swiss, Virgin Atlantic, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Air France and United Airlines also offer stopping services from the UK to Montréal. Stopovers are usually in major cities such as Halifax, Brussels, Paris or Geneva. You can also find flights to Montréal from other UK airports such as Manchester Airport, Birmingham Airport, Bristol Airport and Glasgow International Airport.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Montréal Trudeau International Airport has single terminal building, with the first floor serving departures and the ground floor for arrivals. When you arrive at the airport, you’ll pass through passport control and then on to the baggage reclaim area, before reaching border control. Once you reach the main arrivals hall you’ll find a range of useful facilities and services for travellers, including shops and restaurants, baby changing and nursing rooms, free Wi-Fi, prayer rooms, currency exchange and cash machines. Outside the airport building there are car hire agencies located across the road from the terminal, and a taxi rank just outside the arrivals exit.
Getting to the City from Montréal Trudeau International Airport YUL
You can easily reach Montréal city centre from YUL by bus, taxi or car hire. Bus number 767 connects the airport with downtown Montréal in 40 minutes to one hour, depending on traffic. Buses run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also take a taxi from the taxi rank outside the airport terminal at the arrivals level exit or book with a ride-sharing service. The drive should take about 20 minutes. Car hire agencies are available at the airport and their offices are located across the road from the airport terminal building.
Why Visit Montréal?
Montréal is the second-largest Francophone city after Paris, and the largest city in Canada’s Québec province. It is home to a spectacular historic quarter, Old Montréal, which is full of cobbled boulevards and ornate colonial buildings such as the Basilique Notre-Dame. Rue Saint Paul, once the centre of the city, lets you come across little shops, art galleries and cafés as you wander around.
Montréal is famous for its culinary culture, which you can explore by taking a gourmet walking tour of the city’s trendy Mile End District. Sample Montréal’s signature dish, poutine, or stop off at the Jean-Talon Market in Little Italy to pick up Quebecois artisanal cheeses, wines and sweets. At Mount Royal Park you can go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or skating in winter, or bird watching in summer. Finally, for the best views over Montréal, head to the Olympic Park, built for the 1976 Olympic Games, where you can take the funicular to the top of the Montréal Tower.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
British citizens don’t need a visa to enter Canada for short visits, but do need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before flying. If you plan to say in Canada for a longer period, you should check the requirements with the Canadian High Commission. The local currency is the Canadian dollar, and it’s always a good idea to change some in advance to save time when you arrive. There are also cash machines and currency exchange services at Montréal Airport.