Montreal Airport Taxis (YUL)
Montreal-Trudeau International Airport is the busiest airport in the Canadian province of Quebec, and the third largest in the country in terms of passenger traffic. The airport is also regarded as the fourth busiest in Canada by aircraft movements. It is referred to by its official name of the Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, and by its code of YUL. The airport has extensive facilities that include many ground transport services. There are a variety of bus services, but passengers often prefer to take a Montreal-Trudeau Airport taxi to their next destination. The airport taxis are professionally operated, and available at all hours.
Montreal-Trudeau Airport was recently renovated and expanded to increase its capacity to fifteen million passengers per annum. It currently handles around thirteen million passengers every year, but previously only had the capacity for seven million. The airport’s new facilities include the Marriott Hotel, with 279 first-class rooms and a business centre, a new international arrivals hall, a new customs hall and a new baggage reclaim area for international passengers. Further expansions and improvements are still ongoing, but the airport is currently considered as a modern and world-class facility for air transport. Arriving and departing passengers have access to a great number of services, including shops and restaurants, Wi-Fi, banking facilities, currency exchange services and VIP lounges. The airport is completely accessible to disabled passengers as well. The ground transport services, including the Montreal-Trudeau Airport taxis, are mostly found outside of the arrival area, and are within walking distance of the baggage reclaim areas.
The airport taxis are found nearby the central exit of the arrivals hall, which is in front of the cloakroom, and they are available at all hours. Taxis therefore do not require an advanced reservation. At certain times, when there are particularly high demands for taxi services, Montreal Airport will call on taxi operators who do not usually serve the airport. Under usual circumstances, the taxis of the airport have a permit to serve passengers, and comply with the airport’s terms and conditions. Passengers who require further information regarding the airport taxi services can call the following number: 514-394-7377.
Montreal-Trudeau Airport is located approximately 20km, or 12 miles from downtown Montreal, and in the area of Dorval. A taxi ride to the downtown region of the city is therefore quite expensive, but is still preferred by many passengers. Business travellers often prefer the services of a taxi as it is more efficient than the bus services, travelling directly to the passenger’s place of business, residential address or hotel. Buses usually only stop at certain pre-determined locations, which may not be nearby to your destination. There are also trains available from the Dorval Station to the Montreal Central Station, but a further train connection will be required for transport to other areas of the city. A taxi service is therefore more direct, and although more expensive, could be very convenient. Families travelling with young children may also prefer a taxi, as buses and trains can be hard to navigate with tired little ones in tow.
An airport taxi to or from downtown Montreal will cost $40.00, with a minimum fare of $17.00. This is the only fixed taxi rate to or from the airport. The fares for all other journeys will be determined by the meter of the taxi, which records the distance travelled. All taxis in Montreal, and in most areas of Canada, are required to operate with a meter that is turned on and in working condition. They should also correspond to the tariffs as set by the Commission for the area. A tariff sticker should be available for perusal by the customer inside the taxi vehicle. Payments for taxi services can be made by credit cards or in Canadian currency. Some taxi companies may accept U.S. currency as well, but provincial regulations require customers to pay in Canadian currency. The credit cards usually accepted by the airport taxi companies are Visa, Mastercard and American Express.
Montreal-Trudeau Airport has many facilities to ensure the comfort of disabled passengers on flights from the airport, or on flights to the airport. The terminals are all completely accessible, and equipped with elevators and suitable restrooms. A disabled person could also travel to or from the airport by taxi, as adapted vehicles are available. Nearby the taxis, dispatchers are available to provide assistance. Simply request a wheelchair accessible taxi from the dispatcher on duty.
Passengers of Montreal-Trudeau Airport who require a more elegant form of transport can hire a limousine. The airport limousines are available at all hours as well, and do not require a reservation. A limousine to downtown Montreal will cost between $49.50 and $54.50. The rate card used for limousine services will determine the cost for journeys to all other destinations. Information for limousine services can be obtained at 514-394-7377.
Before hiring a Montreal-Trudeau Airport taxi for transport to your hotel from the airport, find out whether free shuttle services are available. Many of the hotels in the area offer transport for their guests, at no extra charges. A reservation will usually be required. The hotels offering complimentary shuttles include the Days Inn, Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire, the Quality Hotel Dorval, the Comfort Inn Pointe-Claire, the Comfort Inn Dorval Airport, the Hampton Inn & Suites Montreal-Dorval, the Hilton Garden Inn Montreal/Dorval Aéroport, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Montreal Airport and the Holiday Inn Montreal Airport.
Contact the airport for further details regarding Montreal-Trudeau Airport taxis and limousines, or refer to the dispatchers on duty outside the arrivals area.