Getting around

Source : Ville de Montréal, excerpt from the guidebook ''Discovering and Living in Montréal'', p. 34-38


Downtown Montréal represents the city’s central point, while boulevard Saint-Laurent, historically, has divided the city between east and west. North and south are not delimited by any specific street.

East-west: On either side of Boulevard Saint-Laurent, civic addresses begin with the number 1 and continue in ascending order to points east and west. Even and odd numbers are reserved for the south and north sides of streets, respectively.

North-south: The numbers go in ascending order from south to north, with even numbers on the west side and odd numbers on the east side.

Public transit

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is responsible for a vast public transit network spanning the Island of Montréal.


The STM has a fleet of more than 1,700 buses. According to data for 2015, these buses cover a network of 220 lines. Some 209 lines are wheelchair-accessible and 23 provide all-night service.

The métro

The métro network, in 2016, includes four lines and 68 stations. Each station was designed by a different architect, thus giving the impression of an underground gallery of sculptures, frescoes and mosaics. The métro network also provides access to the neighbouring off-island cities of Laval and Longueuil.

Bus and métro fares

STM transit fares may be purchased at métro ticket booths or from fare vending machines and recharging terminals. Fares are also sold by authorized retailers.

For more on the fare schedule:

The OPUS card

The OPUS card lets you travel across the metropolitan Montréal region by bus, métro or commuter train. Rates are based on the zones served. You can charge your transit card based on your needs.

Commuter trains

Commuter trains are managed by the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT). They provide links to peripheral municipalities on the Island of Montréal. The AMT network is made up of six lines serving the municipalities on the South Shore and North Shore of Montréal.

The métro sign
This symbol indicates the presence of a métro station.

Bicycles on the métro
The STM lets users bring a bicycle in the métro, provided that they use the first wagon only. However, it is forbidden to bring a bike on the métro during events that generate heavy ridership.

Don’t know the public transit route to your destination? The STM has a trip planner that lets you plan your itinerary.


Car-sharing is cheaper than owning a vehicle and it provides more flexibility than renting one. It’s also better for the environment. It gives you access to a fleet of vehicles that can be rented at an affordable cost for a half-hour, an hour, a day or for longer periods, depending on your needs.

Bike paths

The island of Montréal has more than 600 km of bike paths. You can thus choose to get around safely by bike by respecting the Highway Safety Code.

The BIXI self-service bicycle network

BIXI lets people use a bicycle for short trips spanning a limited time period 24/7 for three seasons per year. The network has more than 100 distribution points. BIXI users are required to pay by credit card using automated payment terminals, or they can use a key if they are members. Annual memberships are available. The BIXI must be returned to the station closest to your destination.