international airport serving Montreal, Canada
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Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL IATA) ( +1 514-633-3333 / +1-800-465-1213), also known to locals as Dorval Airport, is Canada's third busiest airport. It is located in the West Island area of Montreal. In 2019, the airport served 20.3 million passengers. The airport serves destinations within North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is the main airport serving passengers in Montreal.

Outside in front of Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport

Understand edit

Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is commonly also known by its former name, Montreal-Dorval International Airport. The airport was renamed after Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Canada's 15th Prime Minister in 2004, though the old name "Dorval" is still used by most locals in Montreal. Aside from being the airport for the second most populated metropolitan area in Canada it is the main airport to reach the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has its headquarters in Montreal.

Prior to the 1970s, this airport served the most passengers in Canada, but it was overtaken by other airports for a number of reasons including population gain in other regions, but in particular due to a decision by the federal government to open Mirabel airport in 1975, which operated until 2004. Mirabel airport, which is much further from downtown Montreal, was intended to replace Montreal-Dorval International Airport, and for over two decades Mirabel was the only airport in the area permitted to handle international flights other than those to the United States. Having the two airports adversely impacted the attractiveness of travel connections through Montreal, as a traveler might fly internationally through Mirabel and then have to transfer to Dorval to fly domestically. In 2004, after Mirabel airport stopped handling passenger flights, all passenger flights resumed taking place at the now named Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Mirabel is now used exclusively for cargo flights.

Flights edit

Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is a single terminal operation with a small satellite terminal building located northeast of the main terminal building. The airport is a hub for Air Canada and the airline's headquarters are in Montreal.

Departures edit

There is a border pre-clearance facility for flights to the United States of America, where passengers get to complete the immigration and customs process in Canada before boarding their flight. The airport is well-served by international flights to Europe, but connections to Asia are much more limited, the only ones being Air Canada's flights to TokyoNarita and Delhi, and Qatar Airways' flight to Doha.

Arrivals edit

International arrivals to Canada, including those from the U.S., require clearing passport control and customs at the airport. Passengers scan their passports, have photos taken, and make customs declarations at multi-language self-serve computer kiosks before interacting with a border security agent.

Destinations edit

Direct flights from within Canada edit

Direct flights from the United States of America edit

Direct flights from elsewhere in North America edit

Direct flights from South America edit

  • From Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • From Bogota, Carthagène, and San Andres (Colombia)

Direct flights from Europe edit

Direct flights from Africa edit

Direct flights from Asia edit

Airlines edit

Canadian airlines operating to Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport:

  • Air Canada, +1 514-393-3333, toll-free: +1-888-247-2262. Canada's largest airline with hubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. it operates domestic flights across Canada and services international destinations. Most flights from Toronto arrive from Toronto Pearson International Airport and some from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The domestic and international Flights from this airport operated on Boeing and Airbus, and domestic and US regional flights Operated by Air Canada Jazz on E170 by Embraer, Dash 8 Q400 and CRJ by Bombardier and on Airbus by Rouge.    
  • Air Creebec, toll-free: +1-800-567-6567. regional airline operating primarily in Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec on regional aircrafts.    
  • Air Inuit, toll-free: +1-800-361-2965. Operates flights from communities in Northern Quebec on regional aircrafts.    
  • Air Transat, +1 514-636-3630, toll-free: +1-877-872-6728. Canada's third largest airline with some year round destinations and specializing in seasonal flights from vacation destinations (Europe in the summer and warmer, southern international destinations in the winter). The domestic and international flights operated on Airbus aircrafts.    
  • Canadian North, toll-free: +1-800-267-1247, . A regional airline primarily operating flights in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and flights from that region to a few large cities in Canada. The Domestic flights operated on Boeing aircrafts.    
  • Flair Airlines, toll-free: +1-833-711-2333. A low-cost airline with flights across much of Canada. Operates domestic flights on Boeing aircrafts.    
  • Pascan Aviation, +1 450-443-0500, toll-free: +1-888-313-8777, . A regional airline operating in Quebec and Labrador on regional aircrafts.    
  • PAL Airlines, toll-free: +1-800-563-2800, . One of the largest regional airlines operating in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and to Ottawa on regional aircrafts.    
  • Porter Airlines, toll-free: +1-888-619-8622. operates flights in Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and some flights from the United States of America. It's turboprop Q400 plane flights from Toronto leave from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The airline's jet plane flights and flights by all other airlines almost exclusively leave from Toronto Pearson International Airport.    
  • Sunwing Airlines, toll-free: +1-877-786-9464. low-cost Canadian airline that operates some flights within Canada throughout the year and specializes in seasonal flights to warmer, southern international vacation destinations in the winter. The Domestic flights operated on Boeing aircrafts.    
  • WestJet, toll-free: +1-877-952-0100. Canada's second largest airline services with hubs in Calgary and Toronto. It operates domestic flights across Canada and services international destinations. The domestic and international flights operated on Boeing 737, 767 and Dreamliner, the domestic regional flights within Canada operated on Bombardier Q400 nextgen turboprop regional aircraft operated by Westjet Encore and Saab 340B turboprop operated by Westjet Link.    

Other airlines:

The airport is served by all major airlines from the United States of America.

Ground transportation edit

Map of Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Public transit edit

STM Airport Express bus 747 offers service between the airport and Montreal 24 hours a day. A single fare will cost $11 (exact change in coins only when paid in the bus) and includes unlimited use of the STM bus and metro network for the following 24 hours. There's a machine that takes credit cards inside the arrivals area where you can purchase fares (including a three-day pass for $21.25). To get to the bus stop leave the arrivals area and go to the right. There is an area to line up for the 747 buses. The bus travels non-stop to and from Lionel-Groulx metro station (25-35 minutes from airport) on the Green and Orange metro lines. Some buses continue to various downtown stops (the bus's marquee will state which), including Berri-UQAM metro station (45-70 minutes from airport) on the Green, Orange, and Yellow metro lines.

It is possible to go downtown by the cheaper regular public transit system. Late at night, it is all right, but during peak hours, you will need to complete several transfers with potentially crowded vehicles, so it is really only best to do so only if you are on a very low budget and/or have very light baggage.

Between 05:00 and 01:00, take STM bus 204 east (est) which leaves from outside arrivals every 30 min to Gare Dorval (Dorval Train Station). Check that the driver is not going west (ouest) as both ways are served from almost the same place, and the sign does not say. You can also use the 209 on weekdays to get to Gare Dorval. Also, be sure to keep the ticket that the driver will give you as it is a transfer which you will need later. From Gare Dorval, use your transfer ticket to catch any one of buses 211, 411, 405, 425, or 485 to Lionel-Groulx metro station. Also make sure it is going east as the same routes go west too. Your transfer will then let you into the metro. Take the Montmorency-bound orange line or the Honoré-Beaugrand-bound green line into downtown on the metro. It costs $3.50 (July 2022), but exact change in coins only must be provided to the first driver.

Between 05:00 and 01:00, for the same price ($3.50, exact change in coins only, July 2022), take bus 356 (again, check that the driver is going east, not west) directly into downtown via Sherbrooke. This bus runs relatively close to most downtown hotels. However, if needed, a transfer can be completed to access the rest of the city. See the STM's trip planner or Google Maps for more details.

At Gare Dorval it is also possible to catch the Exo commuter rail to downtown (Direction Lucien L'Allier), during the day from 06:00 to 20:00 for a single one-way fare of $6, leading to the downtown station of Lucien L'Allier which is also atop the Lucien L'Allier metro station.

By train edit

1 VIA Rail Canada, 755 Montréal-Toronto Blvd, Dorval, +1 514-989-2626, toll-free: +1-888-842-7245. Free shuttle connects the airport with Dorval station, which is 2.5 km away. Shuttle runs approx. 10 minutes each way. The shuttle is small, and you might wait for as much as an hour if there are many people going to the airport. Allow plenty of time for connection. It may be faster to take public transportation; from the train platform, head east and cross the overpass to reach the bus station. Intercity train routes between Montreal and the following terminus stations stop at this station: Ottawa, Jonquière, Senneterre, and Toronto.    

By taxi edit

The taxi fare to and from downtown is a fixed price of $41 (a sticker on the window behind the driver gives the boundaries of the zone where the flat fare applies; if you are going from or to places outside this zone, you will have to pay a metered fare with a minimum rate of $17.45).

By ride hailing edit

Ride hailing rides are only permitted by booking the ride on an app, and pick ups are only permitted at Door 6 on the Departures level and Door 20 on the Arrivals level. Ride hailing is available from:

  • Uber.

By car edit

Travel time to the airport from the city centre can be as much as an hour, depending on traffic. Is west of the city centre on Expressway (Autoroute) 20.

By car rental edit

The following car rental companies serve this airport:

International arrivals hall at Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport

Wait edit

Lounges edit

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport has the following airport lounges:

Eat and drink edit

Below is a partial list of places to eat and drink at the airport.

Pre-security departures area edit

The restaurants share a seating area just before security.

  • St-Hubert Express, +1 514-633-9972. Daily 11:00-20:00. A regional chain of restaurants based in Quebec, primarily serving roasted chicken. $21-28.
  • Paramount Fine Foods. open 24 hours. Ontario-based Lebanese restaurant chain. Shawarma, baklavas, pizza, croissants, muffins. Halal. $16-29.

Domestic departures edit

  • YUL Pizza, Near Gate 51, +1 514-631-6134. Daily 11:00-21:00.

US tranborder departures edit

International departures edit

Once you enter the International departures area, you cannot return to domestic departures.

  • L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel, near Gate 52, +1 514-633-9972. 04:00-22:00.
  • U Bar, near Gate 53, +1 514-631-6134. Daily 04:00-23:00. A bar serving alcohol.

Buy edit

One of the biggest duty free shops in Canada, The Loop, seen here near gate 51

Below is a partial list of stores in the airport.

Domestic departures edit

  • The Source, near Gate 49, +1 514-631-2832. Daily 3-9PM. A retail chain across Canada that sells electronics, such as smartphones and headphones.

US transborder departures edit

  • Maison de la Presse, near Gate 82. Daily 05:30-18:30. Sells newspapers, magazines, books, and travel essentials.

International departures edit

  • Duty Free - The Loop, near Gate 52, +1 514-636-1227. Daily 04:00-23:00. Duty free shop, selling products such as fragrances, cosmetics, chocolate, alcohol, and sunglasses. You must pass through the shop to get to your gates, and you are not allowed to return to the domestic departure area.

Connect edit

Free Wi-Fi is available in the terminal using the hotspot name YUL Wi-Fi. The connection lasts for 60 minutes, but you continue having internet access by starting a new session.

Cope edit

Smoking is only permitted at designated outdoor areas in front of the terminal. Cannabis consumption is not permitted on site.

Luggage carts are free to use and are available at parking lots, at airport drop off areas, and in baggage claim.

Cloakroom, +1 514-633-2076. Daily 06:00-20:00 (Lost and found M- 09:00-17:00 ). Luggage storage is available, charged on a per day rate. Luggage charge ranges from $7 to $10 per day, depending on the size of the bag. Shrink wrapped luggage storage is not permitted. This also the site where lost and found is located with lost items stored for up to 60 days.

Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel, the only hotel within the airport

Sleep edit

In the airport edit

  • 1 Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel, 800 Place Leigh Capreol (at the south end of the airport terminal, just before traffic traveling along side the airport terminal leaves the airport), +1 514-636-6700. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. The only in-terminal hotel at the airport.

Near the airport edit

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