Car hire in Montreal
What I need to know
There are two international airports in Montreal and it is straightforward to hire a car on arrival. Alternatively, there are a number of car hire offices across the region. Use the Holiday Autos site to compare car hire and you will receive the added benefits of free cancellation, customer support and no credit card fees.
Where to pick up my car
If you have pre-booked to pick up your keys at Montréal-Trudeau irport then head to the ground floor arrivals area once you land to find the car rental offices. It is then just a 20 minutes’ drive to downtown Montreal.
“The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
Where to go
Montreal offers plenty to see and do. The busy city makes the best of its French and English culture, especially in the old town, where there are numerous 18th century buildings and cobbled streets. The Canadian city also has a vibrant festival scene, with numerous events held throughout the year with a range of themes.
If you fancy a daytrip, then Quebec City could be the ideal destination. Located on the Saint Lawrence River, the city is largely French speaking. It dates backs to around 1608 and highlights include the Chateau Frontenac Hotel and impressive Citadelle of Quebec. The Petit Champlain district is also a must for anyone planning some shopping, as it has several tempting boutiques.
For those planning a long drive, then the USA is relatively close by. The state of Vermont is just over two hours away on Autoroute 35S. This New England region is famous for its stunning forests and maple syrup production. Further afield is the iconic New York City You could also head to Toronto.
Eating and drinking
There is a strong focus on local produce and seasonal dishes in the city. Food in Montreal also has a unique blend of cuisines, with English, French and other nations impacting on the delights on offer. In addition, there are more than 350 food trucks operating in the region, so it is easy to get something to enjoy on the go.
Things to do
With numerous attractions, it can be tough to decide which to pick. One of the main must-sees is Space for Life - the largest natural science museum project in Canada - it includes the Botanical Garden, the Biodome, the Insectarium and a Planetarium. Visitors have the chance to see a whole host of wildlife, including penguins and 160,000 insects, as well as the chance to discover more about astronomy.
Montreal’s festival scene is very vibrant, so there is bound to be something happening during your stay. Throughout the year, the calendar includes the International Jazz Festival, the Montreal En Lumiere, Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and the FrancoFolies event.