Fly To Montreal, Quebec
Montreal’s popularity as a destination began during the American prohibition, with its spirited, if slightly seedy entertainment industry revolving around alcohol, burlesque, and other vices. Over time, the city shrugged its steamy reputation, becoming the cultural and economic centre in its region.
Today, Montreal offers visitors a wealth of civilised entertainment, but it’s never lost its reputation as a place to let loose and have fun.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders do need a Visa to visit Montreal, or anywhere else in Canada. You’ll also need to make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African diplomatic mission to Montreal is the South African High Commission in Ottawa, Ontario. 15 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1M 1M8. Phone: + 1 613 744 0330. Website: southafrica-canada.ca.
See and do
Summer to autumn sees an astounding number of festivals running in Montreal, and it’s a great time to visit the city. The festivals celebrate everything from Shakespeare and comedy to fireworks and film, and the International Jazz Festival is the largest of its kind in the world.
The warmer months also see the Saint Lawrence River lose its ice, and become a prime candidate for river-surfing. You can try your hand at riding the fresh-water waves on a board, or hire a kayak instead. Either way the fast-flowing waters make for a fun-filled and adventurous day.
If you’re looking for a quieter afternoon, take a trip to the museums and historic facades of Old Montreal. They offer a fascinating look into the city’s past, and are exquisitely lit in the evenings.
Shopping in Montreal is refreshingly affordable, so leave some room in your suitcase for holiday buys. Boulevard St-Laurent is the prime shopping area in town, and you’ll find stores of every type along its length. Popular souvenirs to look out for include locally made dream-catchers and Inuit soapstone carvings. Ice wine and maple syrup products also make great gifts.
Public transport in Montreal consists of metro and bus, and is clean, safe and efficient. Tickets have been replaced with cards with magnetic strips, which are valid for one trip, with unlimited transfers in that direction, for up to 90 minutes. Day passes are available for tourists, giving you unlimited travel for either a single day, or a three day period. Bear in mind the signage and announcements are all in French, so you’ll need to plan your trip in advance or ask for help if you don’t speak the language.
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport – YUL
Food and beverage: Tim Hortons, Starbucks, Java U, and Café Bar Metropole.
Currency Exchange: There are foreign exchange desks in both the departures and arrivals terminals at Montreal Airport.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost or found within the airport can be reported to the Cloakroom in the Arrivals Terminal.
Airport Hotels: The Marriott Hotel Montreal is connected to the airport, and directly accessible from the US Departures Terminal.
Car Hire: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National, and Thrifty.
Airport Hub: Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (code YUL) is a hub for Air Canada, Air Transat, CanJet and Sunwing Airlines.