Planning a Football Trip to Montreal? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets & to the stadium.
Football Trip to Montreal – How to get to Montreal & How to get around
Football Trip to Montreal – Fly to Montreal
Multiple airlines fly to Montreal every day and you are able to fly direct from Montreal from Edinburgh and London.
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Directions from the Airport
The 747 bus line service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, between the Montréal-Trudeau airport and the central bus station (Gare d’autocars de Montréal – Berri-UQAM métro station). Travel time may vary between 45 to 60 minutes, depending on traffic conditions.
For information on the route, schedules, and hotels nearby, click here.
The fare is $10 for unlimited travel throughout the STM bus and métro network and is valid for 24 consecutive hours.
Fares can be purchased from the automated dispensers on the international arrivals level. The $10 fare can also be paid in cash with exact change on board the bus. Only coins are accepted (no bank bills).
Plan your return trip!
Before leaving for the airport, you can purchase your fare:
- In métro stations ($10 cards)
- At the central bus station (Gare d’autocars de Montréal)
- At the Hilton hotel downtown
- At the Montréal-Trudeau airport
The 204 Cardinal bus line, operated by the STM public transit service serves Montréal–Trudeau from the Dorval train station. Furthermore, the 209 bus line connects the Roxboro-Pierrefonds commuter train station to Montréal–Trudeau.
Fares: adult one-way / $3 (exact change)
Taxis from the Airport
Taxi’s leave from baggage collection outside the main terminal and there is a set fare of $38 Canadian to the centre of town
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Football Trip to Montreal – Travel Around Montreal
From the Quays of the Old Port to Chinatown and from Little Italy to the Plateau Mont-Royal, Montrealers love to walk. In fact, this is their favourite way of exploring the city’s lively neighbourhoods, day and night. And getting around here is not only a breeze, it’s also fun.
From the downtown area, you can access the Montréal Underground Pedestrian Network, which is used by over 500,000 people daily. A bustling 30-kilometre network of walkways, featuring 1,700 shops, restaurants and an array of services, it connects to some 40 performance venues, theatres and cinemas, not to mention many hotels, attractions and museums.
The tourist website has lot of maps you can download
Public transport is a great way to see the city. Hop on the metro and in just 10 minutes you’re at a museum, restaurant or in Old Montréal. Affordable and reliable, the metro can be accessed via the city’s Underground Pedestrian Network: two of the four main lines connect downtown to major tourism sites as well as to numerous bus stops and train stations.
Metro operating hours are Monday to Friday and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 1 a.m., and Saturday from 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. The average wait time between trains is eight minutes and three minutes during rush hour.
For more information about public transportation in Montreal, please visit www.stm.info.
If you prefer getting around by taxi, it’s easy to flag one down on the street. You’ll also find them at one of the city’s many taxi stands or in front of most major hotels. A trip to the airport from downtown will cost you a flat rate of $38—not including tip. Some taxis will also transport bicycles
Football Trip to Montreal – Getting to the Stadium
The stadium is part of the Olympic Stadium Complex, Subway: Accessible by two stations: Viau and Pie IX
Directions from Montreal Central Hotel – walk to Station Berri and get the M1 Metro towards Station Honoré-Beaugrand, get off at Station Pie-IX, Head northwest on Boulevard Pie-IXtoward Rue Sherbrooke E/QC-138 E, turn right onto this and then walk 1km and stadium will be on right.
Football Trip to Montreal – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Montreal – The Stadium
With a pristine, natural grass field, a prime location in Olympic Park and easy access by subway or car, Stade Saputo has become a privileged site for soccer in Montreal, Quebec and Canada.
The stadium was inaugurated in 2008 and constructed at a cost of $17 million. The sum of $7.5M was donated by the Saputo family, while $9.5M was financed on a 25-year term.
On March 9, 2011, in preparation for its entry in Major League Soccer, the Montreal Impact unveiled the detailed plans for the expansion of Stade Saputo, with stadium seating increasing from 13,034 to 20,801 seats. The Quebec government infused an additional $23 million into the stadium for the expansion. Developed by the architects at Provencher, Roy and Associates, as well as the engineers from Cima +, the expansion project was constructed by Broccolini.
To remain seamlessly integrated within the Olympic Park, the view between the Olympic Village and Olympic Stadium was maintained, thus respecting an urban planning regulation established for the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976.
After starting its inaugural season in Major League Soccer at Olympic Stadium, the Impact made its debut at his new “home” on June 16, 2012, giving its supporters a historic 4-1 win against the Seattle Sounders FC.
Football Trip to Montreal – Getting to the Stadium
4750, Sherbrooke Est
– By car : car park entrance on Viau street, West side, southwards of the Sherbrooke intersection.
– Metro : line 1 – green, Viau station
– Bus : 22 – 34 – 125 – 131 – 132 – 185
Football Trip to Montreal – Getting Tickets
Single game tickets are available from start of February for all games – https://www.impactmontreal.com/en/tickets
Tickets are priced between $27.5 Canadian and $80 Canadian
Football Trip to Montreal – Fixtures
Plan your Football Trip to Montreal with our full list of fixture
Football Trip to Montreal – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Montreal – Where to stay
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Football Trip to Montreal – What else to see & do
When planning a football trip to Montreal it is always good to know what else there is to see and do in the city. Here are a selection of the best things which I found using our sponsor Lonely Planet. Lonely Planet also has maps of the city, details of all the best pubs, bars and restaurants and travel information from the city.
Football Trip to Montreal – What else to see & do.
Mount Royal Park – The Kondiaronk Belvedere and Mont-Royal Chalet is where you’ll find the famous skyline shot, with a view stretching miles beyond the St. Lawrence River. Mount Royal Park, the work of New York Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmsted. It’s a sprawling, leafy playground that’s perfect for cycling, jogging, horseback riding, picnicking and, in winter, cross-country skiing and tobogganing.
Old Port – Stroll along the historic buildings, the cubist Habitat 67, Silo #5, and the elegant Clock Tower.
Olympic Stadium – Pose at the medal podium at the corner of Sherbrooke and Pie-IX, with a flattering angle on the stadium in the background. A ride up theOlympic Park’s Tower will bring you to a breathtaking 360° view of the city.
Parc de la Cité-du-Havre – This is the absolute best place for a full-frontal shot of Montréal’s skyline and for up-close photos of Habitat 67.
Streets of the Mile End and Plateau Mont-Royal – Photography highlights include the bagel shops on Saint-Viateur and Fairmount Streets, countless churches, street art, colourful houses and of course the typical staircases.
Botanical Garden – The Botanical Garden sports a remarkable array of colourful plants in its outdoor gardens and greenhouses.
St. Joseph’s Oratory – Capture the architectural beauty of this pilgrimage site against the greenery of Mount Royal.
Quartier des Spectacles – The beating heart of Montréal’s large-scale art installations and the epicentre of the festival circuit, this area full of urban lighting effects is one of the best places to get creative with your photography.
The only rapids in the Saint Lawrence River are right here in Montreal, and offer a good dose of thrill AND scenery. The jet boating ride lasts one hour, and honestly, it’s so much fun you’ll want to do it again. Daily departures from 10 h to 18 h – 7 jours sur 7 au Quai de l’Horloge dans le Vieux-Port de Montréal
Place d’Armes – Begin your day in this outdoor plaza, the heart of Vieux-Montréal , at the site of the city’s oldest building, the Vieux Séminaire de St-Sulpice, erected by priests who arrived in 1657. Next to it is the Basilique Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Québec, an 1824 church with a stunning interior of intricately gilded rare woods. Its acoustics are so perfect that the late, famed opera star Luciano Pavarotti performed here several times. Consider taking the walking tour of Vieux-Montréal, which takes you past every historic structure in this historic neighborhood and eventually to our next stop. Or, to go to Pointe-à-Callière directly, walk down the slope from the basilica on either side street.
Sherbrooke Street, one of Montréal’s main arteries lined with upscale boutiques, art galeries and home to Canada’s oldest Museum – the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. This grande dame proudly boasts exhibits of all the big names you may be familiar with: El Greco, Breughel, Rembrandt, Memling to name a few. The museum also hosts a permanent exhibit which contains one of the largest Impressionist collections in this hemisphere, as well as a number of Canadian and Inuit art.
Lunch at Schwartz’s, located on St-Laurent Boulevard in the heart of the ‘Quartier Latin’ one of Montréal’s many distinct neighbourhoods. Schwartz’s was founded in 1928 by Reuben Schwartz, a Jewish immigrant from Romania, and the restaurant has been in the same location ever since, now surrounded by funky storefronts and trendy boutiques. After enjoying lunch, head over to bustling St-Denis street where you will find many cafés and interesting boutiques, many of them unique to Montréal. Arthur Quentin features French linens and kitchen tools, which is also a great place to pick-up a unique gift. Further north along St-Denis you will find Au Festin de Babetteshowcasing gourmet teas, hot chocolate and during the summer months, homemade ice cream. To satisfy your sweet tooth, head down to Juliette et Chocolat, where you will be able savour a variety of chocolates, crêpes and hot drinks.
Football Trip to Montreal – Eating & Drinking
Poutine doesn’t look very appetizing, but trust me – once you’ve had your first bite, you’ll never want to stop. And while there are tons of great poutine joints in Montreal, there’s only one number 1 – La Banquise. Another Montreal icon! There are very little things in life that are better than a good, 4 inches thick smoked meat sandwich. And just like poutine, there’s only one place to enjoy it properly: Schwartz Deli on Boulevard Saint-Laurent.
Brunch – L’Express serves up scrambled eggs and pain perdu (French toast) in a classic Parisian bistro atmosphere, Beauty’s is worth the legendary long queue for toasted sesame bagels, or head over to Eggspectation (www.eggspectations.com) to try one of their many variations on eggs Benedict.
Olive et Gourmando – This funky cafe is a city highlight. Eat in or take out if the weather’s nice for a picnic lunch by the river. The Cuban sandwich is a popular choice. 351 rue St-Paul ouest. tel 514/350-1083.
For the ultimate sugar high and a real Montreal treat, try the city’s traditional sugar pie. Made with brown sugar, vanilla, butter, salt, flour and cream this dish is decadent and rich. When baked, the ingredients turn into a flavor similar to caramel. Local maple syrup is sometimes used instead of, or with, the brown sugar to make maple pie. Au Pied de Cochon (536 Duluth Est) and Maamm Bolduc (4351 Avenue de Lorimier) are recommended
Cosmos (5843 Sherbrooke) – he diner itself is small, only a dozen bar seats and a summer terrace. Its charm will win you over from your first trip. They are known for the mishmash- a four egg omelette with bacon, ham, sausage, salami, cheese, and tomato served with a side of toast and their famous hash browns. Another Cosmo classic is the Creation: a BLT with egg with cheese and salami on a bagel.
Sir Winston Churchill Pub – Epicenter of the rue Crescent scene for ages, this pub is filled with chatty 20- to 40-somethings. It’s a good spot to nurse a pint while taking in the passing parade. 1459 rue Crescent. tel 514/288-3814.
Near Musee de Beaux Arts – Brutopia (1219 Crescent Street) – With three bars spread across three floors, Brutopia is a craft beer lover’s haven. A bunch of beer are brewed directly on site, including IPA, Honey, Brown Ale, Blonde and a fruity Raspberry. They also brew seasonally throughout the year, offering a Chocolate stout, Scotch and Cream ales and many more. Brutopia imports other craft and micro-brewed beer, so their stock is always changing and demanding repeat visits. Come for the variety and stay for everything else. They routinely host live music, open mic and trivia nights, have a decent pub and tapas menu as well as three terraces to lounge on in the summer months.
Burger Bar Crescent (1465 Rue Crescent, Montréal) is a nice american bistro with legendary burgers. Try our favourite from the list : the Rock N’ Roller burger (beef, goat mac n cheese, candied tomates and fresh roquette)
Terrasses St-Ambroise (5080 Saint-Ambroise) – Located right by the famous Lachine Canal, it’s the perfect place to unwind after a long, hot summer day in Montreal. St-Ambroise is amongst the most popular microbrew brands in the province of Quebec, and it’s always a pleasure to go enjoy the product exactly where it came from. Founded by a Montrealer in 1988 and has never stopped growing in popularity since. The pub offers 6 different ales year-round, and a selection of seasonal ones as well.
Old Montreal, Les Soeurs Grises (32 McGill Street) is also the newest, only opening in January of 2012. Don’t let that stop you from entering though, as they are far from novices when it comes to serving up a good craft beer.
El Zazizummm (1276 Avenue Laurier Est) – Colorful, casual restaurant specializing in California-style Mexican eats & exotic cocktails. Huge portions and food challenges.
Pub Crawl from Hostel
Le Cheval Blanc (809 Ontario Street East) One of the oldest micro-breweries in Montreal
Le Saint Bock (1749 St. Denis Street) – Currently hosting around 850 varieties, this place might just have the largest selection of beer in Canada. They brew some of their own on site, but of course import the majority from other craft brewers, with many locally sourced. If you plan on spending all afternoon while you keep sampling, there’s a full menu with standard pub fare.
L’Amere a Boire (2049 Saint Denis Street) – L’amere a Boire is known for their great tapas and seasonal menus to pair with their 22 house beer. Their craft brew selection varies from Stouts to Ales to Lagers, including the German-inspired Montreal Hell Lager.
Benelux Brewpub (near Place des Artes, 245 Sherbrooke Street West) – They do a good job of periodically rotating the selection to switch it up, moving between old favourites and new contenders. There are plenty of options ranging between blondes, ales and stouts.
Big in Japan (3723 St Lauren)) Montreal’s speakeasy inspired bar is located on the corner of St-Laurent and Rachel between a restaurant and a store. Recognizable only by its big red door, the fact that it is difficult to find is part of the charm. Discover candle lighting over a long wooden bar, a large hanging whiskey rack and the variety of delicious drinks they have to offer – also available by the punch bowl.
Patati Patata Friterie De Luxe (4177 St Lauren) Food stop, they use red wine in their gravy for a unique and rich flavour on their poutaine
Wilenskys (34 Fairmont Avenue) – The Wilensky’s special is a must-have here: a delectably grilled all-beef salami and bologna sandwich served with mustard which has been a top seller on the menu since their opening in 1932. When you order this sandwich, one must be aware that you NEVER ask to have it cut and it is ALWAYS served with mustard.
Dieu Du Ciel (29 Laurier Avenue West) – Located just south of St. Denis Street on Villeneuve, Dieu Du Ciel is open seven days a week until 3am. They have a beer menu that’s updated constantly, rotating up to 17 different craft styles on tap
Vices et Versa (6631 St. Laurent Boulevard) – This casual brew bar offers 33 craft beer choices on tap, all of them from local crafters in Quebec. And that’s not including the bottles. They also have cask services, offering eight varieties by the traditional pour, meaning not filtered or pasteurized if you’re a hardcore beer guzzler.
La Banquise.( 994 Rue Rachel Est) This restaurant is open 24/7 (although much of its clientele visits between 1AM and 5AM, because as far as hangover remedies go, poutine tops ‘em all) and offers a pretty good selection for poutine neophytes and locals alike, as well as the fast-food staples of North America: hot dogs, burgers, corn-dogs, and onion rings.
Station Ho.St (1494 Rue Ontario Est) is a bar/tasting room opened by Brewery Hopfenstark, who brew out of L’Assomption, Quebec. The emphasis here is on drinking—the room is sparsely, but coolly, decorated, with lots of wood and a long, gorgeous bar. Big bags of New Brunswick’s Covered Bridge Chips are the only food for sale, but you’re welcome to bring in your own snacks. They offer a good deal of Belgian styles, including an inventive lineup of saisons—I enjoyed a Boson de Higgs, a 3.8% ABV “Berliner Rauch Saison”, and a Saison Station 7, a nice herbal, slightly tart 5.0% ABV saison.