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1. Posted by elliot_aus (Full Member 61 posts) 11y

:D ozzy on holis in Canada - in toronto at the momnent@!

thinking of going to montreal for a week or so in a coupla weeks - any suggestions on what to see, where to stay, what to do, BIG ONE - how to get there!
I have an ISIC card - so does anyone know any cheap bus companies?

CANT WAIT! having a ball, landed last week, jet lagged - and caught some awful cold from the plane - but not lettin it get me down!
HAVING A BLAST!!!
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2. Posted by elliot_aus (Full Member 61 posts) 11y

ohh yeah - travel could be by train or something else too!
:D

3. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

welcome to canada, you just caught the worst wheather i've ever seen. 30 degrees on monday and now its 3 and snowing! in April! the cheapest way to get to montreal is to take coach canada, its 99$ or if you have a friend he/she gets 75% off the second ticket, which is 120$ regular price or something. just go to the bus terminal at dundas and bay. the train is a lot more expensive and longer.

4. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

And what to do depends on what you like. Personally I like it around St. Laurent/St. Denis/ Montroyal/ St. Cathrines. get a copy of the montreal mirror available all over to see whats happening.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hi Elliot,

Try Greyhound Canada for the bus to Montreal. It gets in at Central Station, which is right on the Metro line. They take student discounts; just show your card.

As for what to see, well... depends on what you like to do. The weather here right now is absolute crap, but in a couple of weeks it should be beautiful. Check out Montreal tourim site for a good overview, or stop by InfoTourist when you get here (it's downtown on St. Catherine - or just ask at the bus station). There's also:

  • Mount Royal (you can walk the mountain or the street)
  • downtown (shop, drink, eat, people watch)
  • St. Denis street (very cool place - get off at Metro Mount Royal)
  • Old Montreal (lots of historical stuff, museums, places to walk, etc.)
  • the Olympic Park and surroundings (see the stadium, the Biodome, the Botanical Gardens, etc.)
  • Crescent Street (the place to see and be seen downtown)

Hope that helps!

Tway.

6. Posted by Yve (Full Member 47 posts) 11y

the greyhound companion fare (75% off the second ticket) acutally is cheaper than the student discount (only 25% off). or if your by yourself buy the ticket 7 days in advance and its only 90$ (I think)

7. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

The train is not that much more expensive and much quicker and more comfortable. A direct train from TO to MTL is only 4 hours. For sightseeing, tway gave you a nice list. For partying you should also go to St laurent street; many people prefer it over the scene on Crescent. Montreal is also well known for its strip clubs, if that interests you. You'll have to try a poutine at 3am at La Belle Province restaurant. There's one at the corner of Ste Catherine and St Laurent, which is convenient for after clubbing on St Laurent (this is the ultimate Quebec experience).

8. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting mtlgal

You'll have to try a poutine at 3am at La Belle Province restaurant. There's one at the corner of Ste Catherine and St Laurent, which is convenient for after clubbing on St Laurent (this is the ultimate Quebec experience).

God, I had my annual trip to La Belle Pro yesterday. Two hot-dog steamé and an order of onion rings. I'm still burping them all up. But, yeah, you can't miss a trip to poutine heaven.

9. Posted by Data1000 (Full Member 29 posts) 11y

I just returned from Montreal two weeks ago. When I was there, I must say that I was disappointed by how dirty the downtown area is. So much trash on the streets and graffiti everywhere... Also, I recommend skipping the Bio-dome. It looks very outdated.

The best part of Montreal is walking around St. Catherine Street with many interesting shops and small cafes. Also, the subway line is comprehensive and easy to use with a three-day pass.

I hope you have a good experience.

10. Posted by mtlgal (Full Member 1179 posts) 11y

Quoting Data1000

I just returned from Montreal two weeks ago. When I was there, I must say that I was disappointed by how dirty the downtown area is. So much trash on the streets and graffiti everywhere...

It's too bad Data, April is not a very good time to visit Montreal. This is when the snow and ice melt. The thawing unfortunately also uncovers all the rubish and dog poo that have been burried under layers of snow all winter. It's usually our messiest and stinkiest time of the year.