What is the approximate cost of taxi from YUL to Hyatt Regency in Montreal?
The exact cost is $40 -- it's a fixed rate from the airport to downtown. To that, it is customary to add a tip of say $5 or more if you're feeling generous.
I echo Tristou's post. 40$ plus tip.
If that is too expensive you can take the 747 bus to downtown. It is 8$ but includes 24 hours unlimited public transport.
oooh, that 747 bus for $8 (US?) sounds great! can you tell me more about it? it picks up/drops off at YUL airport? and it goes around downtown Montreal? do you buy tickets at any of the bus stops? thank you!!
$40 flat, plus tip. No extras, no excuses. There is a sign on the window in the cab. Point at it, if you have to. And if you need to, take a picture of the cabbie's licence, if you need to make a complaint.
Why would the price of something in Canada, be quoted in US dollars ? The only legal currency in Canada are Canadian dollars. The bus will most likely reject payment in US currency.
To be respectful to your host country, when in Rome...
Wow, okay sorry to have offended you. Mexico is across the US border and they very often take US$, so i guess i thought maybe since Canada was also across the border.... Also for example, Cambodia accepts and prefers to accept US$.
Anyways, this is why I asked. That's all. Again I didn't mean to offend anyone.
The bus can be taken right outside the airport. There are signs on the ceiling to guide you towards the bus.
It runs 24h a day, and there is a bus every 15 min during the day time (less frequent when not in peak hours).
The bus has a couple of stops downtown and ends near Berri Uqam metro station. The total ride takes roughly 45 min IN TRAFFIC... less if there is no traffic.
You can buy a pass with a credit card at the machine or pay exact change (Canadian dollars) inside the bus.
I don't see why we should be offended at the question, especially since almost everywhere you go in Canada will accept US dollars as a courtesy, although most places would still prefer Canadian cash -- no having to fill out a separate deposit slip at the bank and do any calculations for exchange rates.
Even the STM, the company that runs the 747 bus, takes American money if you're at the entrance to a métro and there's a real person serving you. But their machines take only debit or credit cards or Canadian cash, and on the bus you need Canadian coins (which conveniently exist in $1 and $2 denominations, but inconveniently aren't distributed by cash machines at the airport :)
You should know that apparently some American credit cards don't work in the STM's ticket machines -- alas, no one has figured out which ones do and don't work, which is particularly unhelpful for those arriving at the airport. However, there are regular bank machines at the airport that will give you Canadian cash which you can then use in the STM machines, or if you arrive at a time that other things are open, you can buy some gum with your American dollars and ask for extra change and you'll have enough to get on the bus. (And it really is just the STM machines that are picky; you should have no problem with your cards elsewhere; American Express is less used than Visa or Mastercard, and Discover and Diner's Club are hardly used at all. For debit cards, there are two main ATM networks: Plus/Visa and Cirrus/Maestro/Mastercard. You should have a logo on the back of your card, and you'll see the same logo on the different machines. Exchange is the other, though less frequent, ATM network. Our network here in Canada is called Interac, but that's no use to you :)
To get to the Hyatt, the bus stop you want is Jeanne-Mance... cross René-Levesque and head up 1 block to Sainte-Catherine and the Hyatt is there on the corner, entrance through the parking lot and you need to take the elevators up to get to the front desk (totally weird and very unwelcoming design, but hey. Anyone who's tried to find the front desk in a Las Vegas hotel will find it a piece of cake :).
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