Montreal Airport Bus
Bus Line: #747
Cost: $10 (as of Sept. 2014)
Travel time: 45 minutes, YUL to Berri-UQAM
Frequency: departs every 7 minutes at peak hour (4-5pm) up to 60 minutes from 2-4am. Operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Montreal’s 747 Airport Bus shuttles airline passengers between Pierre-Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL, Montreal’s main international airport) and Montreal city center, stopping at several Montreal Metro train stations and hotels downtown along the 747 Airport bus route.
Buy Montreal Airport Bus Tickets
From Montreal Airport, 747 airport bus tickets can be purchased from 747 bus ticket vending machines located in the arrivals section of the Main Terminal. Look for blue & orange colored vending machines just beyond the arrivals doors within the arrivals lounge.
747 Airport Bus ticket vending machines accept Canadian cash & coin (maximum of $80), Visa and MasterCard credit cards, and bank debit cards. The least expensive Montreal airport bus fare option is the $10 ticket which is a 24-hour ticket good for use on all Metro trains and buses within the city for a 24-hour period from the time of validation on the bus (or Metro train). If you hop on a 747 Montreal Airport Bus at 4pm in the afternoon, your ticket will be valid until 3:59pm the next day.
Other Montreal airport bus fare options are available and are listed on top of the Montreal transit ticket machines. The options are 1-day, 3-day, weekend, 7-day and month pass. Any of these Montreal transit tickets will work for riding the Montreal 747 airport bus. Keep in mind that the 7-day and month passes will require an Opus card (hard plastic tap card), not sold at these machines, costing an additional $6. The 7-day and month passes work on weekly/monthly schedule (not from the point of when you first use it):
- the 7-day Montreal transit weekly pass starts validity on Monday beginning of service (around 5 AM) until Sunday evening 11:59 PM
- the Monthly Montreal transit pass starts validity on the 1st of the month till 11:59 PM on the last day of month
One thing to note: although the Montreal 1-day pass is good for a consecutive 24 hour period, the Montreal 3-day pass is not valid for a consecutive 72-hour period, but ends on the third day of service at 11:59pm. Example: you first use your Montreal 3-day pass at 7pm Monday evening, the transit pass will no longer be valid for travel after Wednesday 11:59pm. (A consecutive 72-hour period would be until Thursday 7pm.)
Locating Montreal Airport Bus
After purchasing your 747 airport bus ticket you’re ready to board the 747 buses which are located just outside Door 28. The doors are numbered in an increasing fashion, left to right when looking at the doors from inside the terminal to outside towards the roadway. Look for overhead signs pointing you towards the 747 Airport Bus such as the sign at the top of this photo.
Outside Door 28 you’ll see several 747 Airport buses all parked on the Airport road waiting to shuttle airline passengers into Montreal downtown.
Walk all the way right down to the furthest 747 bus which will have a small cordoned off area and a STM employee checking tickets and assisting passengers with questions. You will be expected to have a ticket purchased before boarding as this would otherwise slow down the boarding process using coins to purchase tickets from the fare machines located on board the airport bus.
Using your Montreal Airport Bus Ticket
The 747 Airport Bus ticket is a paper-based tap chip-ticket you place against the card reader located on buses and on Metro turnstiles in Metro train stations. Do not insert this ticket into the paper ticket readers as it will not work. Here is a photo of the tap-card reader aboard the Montreal 747 airport bus, which is the blue rectangular area with orange stripes running through it. A faint outline of a chip card is just visible on top of this blue card reader area. To the right is the coin slot.
When placing the chip ticket against the white outline of a card, wait until the two LED lights above card reader, on either side of the LCD display, light up green to signify your card has been validated for travel. At times, two yellow lights will show up instead of two green lights, which warns the ticket holder that their pass expires soon.
Keep the 747 Montreal Airport bus ticket with you at all times when traveling as you may be asked to show proof of fare by bus and train controllers while in transit.
The Montreal Airport bus 747 ticket acts as a day ticket also good for the Metro train system and other buses until the end of service for the day (just after midnight for Metro trains and buses during weeknights or 01:30 for weekends. Night buses start service regular day service ends). You can even use the same ticket to ride back to Montreal airport from downtown city center if you happen to be making only a short stop-over in Montreal and need to return to YUL airport the same day.
Here’s a short video of using your Occasionnelle card at a Metro turnstile. (Note: unlike in the video, you’ll have to hold the ticket flush against the blue/orange reader until the green or yellow lights light-up to signify your ticket has been validated. This can take up to a few seconds to happen and is definitely not as quick as in the video nor will the ticket work from the distance shown.)
Luggage Racks on Montreal Airport Bus
Luggage racks are available for suitcases, backpacks, bags, etc. at both the front of the bus on both left and right sides and on the left side across from the back doors of the 747 Montreal airport bus. The bus driver will occasionally help passengers load their luggage onto the racks without even you having to ask for assistance. At other times, if you’re having troubles lifting your luggage up onto the racks, ask and the driver for help while boarding and tapping your ticket and he may be able to help out.
Generally there will be plenty of luggage space on the racks for everyone riding the bus due to the number of buses available, the size of the racks vs. passenger space, placing of luggage on its side (instead of flat on front/back) and the frequency of airport bus service.
Montreal Airport Bus Route Map & Stops
The Montreal Airport Bus 747 route stops at several locations within Montreal city limits, starting with Montreal Metro train station Lionel Groulx at the western edge of Montreal. Metro station Lionel Groulx is on both the Green and Orange Metro lines and your 747 bus ticket is valid for transfer at this station and any other Montreal Metro station.
Bus 747 makes 11 stops along its route towards the final destination of Montreal Gare d’Autocars, Montreal’s Main bus station located on Rue Berri just south of Rue Ontario E.
The stops from Montreal Airport to Terminus Bus station are:
- Metro station Lionel Groulx (Orange & Green Metro lines)
- Blvd René-Lévesque & Rue Guy (Concordia University, Renaissance Hotel)
- René-Lévesque & Rue Drummond (YWCA, Sheraton, Quality Inn)
- Rue Peel (Marriott, Hotel Windsor)
- Rue Mansfield (Central Train station, Fairmont QE, Hilton, Place Ville Marie, McGill University)
- Avenue Union (Square Phillips, Metro Square Victoria)
- Rue Jeanne-Mance (Marriott Courtyard, Hyatt, Metro Place-d’Armes, Metro Place-des-Arts)
- Blvd Saint-Laurent (Travelodge)
- Avenue de l’Hotel-de-Ville (Holiday Inn, Candlewood, Days Inn)
- Rue Berri & Rue Saint-Catherine E (Metro Berri-UQAM, University de Quebec à Montreal)
- Rue Berri & Rue Ontario E (Terminus stop / Gare d’Autocars / Main Bus station)
Just prior to the final stop, the 747 Montreal Airport Bus will stop in front of Berri-UQAM Metro station, which is the main interchange for the underground subway system in Montreal, connecting Green, Orange and Yellow Metro lines. This station is located at the intersection of Rue Berri and Rue Sainte-Catherine E.