Getting to Montreal Airport

Montreal-Trudeau International Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in Canada, and is found close by to the downtown district of Montreal city. The airport is served by approximately forty airline companies, that offer non-stop services to more than 120 regular and seasonal destinations around the world. Montreal-Trudeau is known by its IATA code of YUL, and as the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, in honour of Pierre Elliott, a former Canadian Prime Minister. Montreal-Trudeau Airport directions are quite simple to follow from all parts of the city, and the airport is nearby to a number of large roads. Airport directions in further detail can also be obtained online or from the airport.

The city of Montreal is found in the province of Quebec, Canada, and is situated to the north of the U.S. states of Vermont and New York, to the south of Joliette and to the east of Ottawa, in the province of Ontario. The large city of Toronto is to the south-west of Montreal, and the U.S state of Main is to the east. Important areas nearby Montreal also include Quebec City, Trois-Rivières, Drummondville, Sherbrooke and Laval. The Montreal-Trudeau International Airport is located to the south-west of downtown Montreal, south of Roxboro, Saint-Laurent and the Golf le Challenger. It is about 20km, or 12 miles from downtown Montreal. Areas nearby the airport also include Lachine, LaSalle, Pointe Claire and Pierrefonds, and the airport is in the area of Dorval. Due to its location, it was previously known as the Montreal-Dorval Airport.

The main roads for airport access can be considered as the Highway 520, or the Autoroute Côte-de-Liesse, and the Highway 20, or the Autoroute du Souvenir. The Trans-Canada Highway 40 is to the north of the airport grounds, and Highway 13, or the Autoroute Chomedey, travels the northern perimeter of the airport grounds, with connections to the Highways 520 and 20.

Directions from the north

Highway 40 travels south from Berthierville and passes Repentigny, Charlemagne, Saint Leonard and Saint-Laurent. Travel south on this highway and make a connection to the Highway 520 when nearing the airport grounds. From Highway 520, signs lead the way to the terminal and airport parking areas. Always follow the signs carefully nearby the airport, in order to reach the correct parking areas, or the correct area for dropping off departing passengers. Highway 15, or the Trans-Canada Highway, runs from the area of Blainville in the north, as well as Saint-Jérôme. At Saint-Thérèse, motorists can take the turn-off for Highway 640 and turn left onto the Highway 13 that runs to the airport access roads, or continue to Highway 40, turning south towards the airport.

Directions from the south

From areas far south in the United States of America, motorists can take Highway 15 from the Interstate-87, which leads Highway 20 at Brossard. Take Highway 20 to the south, and follow the signs to the airport once nearing Dorval. The Road 138 is available nearby LaSalle as a link to the Highway 20, and could be a more convenient route from Beauhamois and Châteauguay.

Ddirections from the west

From Ottawa west of Montreal the Highway 417 is used in an easterly direction. It becomes the Trans-Canada Highway 40 and passes Rigaud and Vaudreuil-Dorion. A connection can be made to the Highway 20 or the Highway 40 can be followed to the north of the airport grounds. Take the Highway 13 and head towards the airport.

Directions from the east

From downtown Montreal the Highway 720, or Autoroute Ville-Marie, makes a connection to the Autoroute du Souvenir, as well as Highway 15. Highway 20 is also the main road into Montreal from areas such as Drummondville and Saint-Hyacinthe, while Highway 10 forms a connection between Sherbrooke and Montreal.

Departing passengers are advised to arrive at Montreal-Trudeau Airport at least two hours before a domestic flight, and at least three hours before an international or transborder flight. There are several areas of parking available at the airport, including a parking garage right in front of the terminal building. If you choose parking further away, always allow additional time to reach the check-in counters. The airport has three concourses, A, B and C, and each one is used for passenger traffic heading to certain areas. For example, Concourse B is used for all international flights, Concourse A is used for flights to other Canadian destinations and Concourse C is for flights that are U.S. bound. The airport is also one of eight that has U.S. border preclearance facilities to enable an easier transition from Canada into the United States.

The Montreal-Airport terminal is extremely well equipped with facilities for departing passengers. It has several VIP lounges, including three Maple Leaf Lounges managed by Air Canada, an Air France Lounge and a pay-per-use lounge by Servisair. There is also a TD First Class Lounge with a bar and Wi-Fi internet access. Further facilities include duty-free shops, restaurants, foreign exchange services, ATMs, lost and found services, porter services, shoeshine services and information booths. The airport has washrooms that are suitable for use by passengers in wheelchairs, and elevators to each level to assist with the mobility of disabled passengers. Some of the restaurants in the departure area include Burger King, Bagel Bar, Starbucks, Tatami Sushi and Le Bar Sportif. Montreal-Trudeau Airport also has a hotel with 279 first-class rooms that was completed in 2009.

Departing passengers can reach the airport by public bus services or by taxi, but there are no direct rail services available. However, the Dorval Station is just two kilometres from the airport, and a free shuttle bus is available for travelling the distance to the terminal.

Montreal-Trudeau Airport directions in greater detail can be found online at, or the airport can be contacted for directions. The airport’s phone numbers are 514-394-7377 and 1-800-465-1213. The second number is a toll-free number when calling from anywhere in Canada, from Vermont, from Albany, and from New York.