Montréal is the largest city in Québec and a hub of economic and cultural attractions. For travellers who are coming for either business or pleasure, renting a car is a comfortable way to explore the city on their own time. Use the Skyscanner app to find the cheapest car rentals and keep reading here to discover more information about renting a car in this beautiful city.
Montréal Car Rental Options
For travellers flying into Montréal, the easiest and most convenient way to rent a car is to visit one of the several car rental companies located at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. There's a multi-storey car park that's about a five- to 10-minute walk from the airport terminal. On the lower level of the car park, travellers will find desks for Enterprise, Hertz, Thrifty, National, Budget, Avis, Dollar, and Alamo. All of these rental companies offer a variety of vehicles that include sedans, vans, and SUVs.
Helpful Information for Driving in Montréal
Those who plan to drive in Montréal should keep in mind that most road signs are in French. However, these signs will also usually have internationally familiar pictograms, so even drivers who don't speak French should understand them. Additionally, remember that a freeway is called an "Autoroute." While drivers can turn right after a stop at a red light in most of Québec, it's illegal to do so in Montréal. All passengers must wear their seat belts at all times when they're in the car, and the driver is not allowed to use a hand-held mobile phone for calling or texting.
For the most part, the speed limits in Québec are 100 kilometres per hour on divided highways, 90 kilometres per hour on rural roads, and 50 kilometres per hour in towns. Take care to follow all posted speed limits, and remember that speed camera warning devices are illegal in the province.
Exploring More of Montréal
Travellers who want to experience the best that Old Montréal has to offer should head directly to Saint-Paul Street. Here, they'll find an excellent selection of art galleries, bars, restaurants, and souvenir shops on old brick streets with architecture that looks like it came directly from Europe.
For great views of the city, there are two places worth checking out. First, head up to the 360-degree observation deck at Au Sommet for a view in the middle of the city centre. Then, enjoy a beautiful hike to the top of Parc du Mont-Royal, which is the highest point in the city, for incredible views looking down on Montréal.
The city is also home to an incredible selection of museums. There's the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, with over 42,000 works in its permanent collection, or the Pointe-à-Callière Museum, which is a museum of history and archaeology. Finally, for some of the freshest food available, take a stroll through Jean-Talon Market to find cheeses, homemade spices, in-season produce, and more.
By using Skyscanner to save on hotels, flights, and rental cars, travellers will have more money remaining to see everything Montréal has to offer.