The heart of Montreal's public transist system is the Metro, a clean, modern and quiet subway that runs entirely below grade. Being the first subway system in the world to run entirely on pneumatic rubber tires, it is also quieter than many other systems.
Lines and Stations
The Montreal Metro has a total of 68 stations spread out over 4 lines that total about 66 kilometres in length. Metro lines are numbered 1, 2, 4 and 5 and are represented on the Montreal Metro Map by the corresponding colors. Line 3 was planned but never built.
With top speeds up to 72km per hour and no traffic to slow it down, the Metro will quickly get you within walking distance of most of Montreal's popular tourist attractions and where it doesn't you can easily catch a bus to get closer. Passes are valid on both so you won't have to pay again unless you are purchasing single trip fares.
The Map of the Montreal Metro system below also includes all of the frequent service bus routes in a simple and clear design which will make it easy for you to get anywhere in the city.
Service frequency and best times to travel
Trains are frequent on all lines with service frequency varying between 3 and 11 minutes depending on the line and the time of day. The first trains depart daily at 5:30 am and service continues until after midnight on all lines. On Line 5 the last trains depart at 12:15 am; on Lines 1 and 2 at about 12:30 am and 1 am on Saturday); on Line 4 at about 12:50 am and 1:30 am on Saturday. If you our out later that this you will have to take a night bus. Times for the first and last trains are also printed in the lower right corner of the Metro Map below.
Trains do get very busy during the morning and afternoon rush, so we recommend you try to plan your travel during off peak hours for a more relaxed trip.
Entrances to the Montreal Metro are signed with and inverted arrow inside a circle on a light blue background. An exception is the Saint-Antoine entrance to the Square-Victoria station which is signed with a decorative Art Nouveau "METROPOLITAIN" sign exactly like the ones in Paris; a gift to Montreal from the RAPT which is the public transport authority in Paris. The metro has five intermodal stations where you can transfer to light rail commuter trains operated by AMT. These stations are identified on the metro map below by station markers with a heavy black border.
They next stop is announced in French as the train leaves the station and onboard route maps help you keep track of your progress. If you miss your station it is easy enough to exit at the next station and cross over to the other platform to backtrack. You don't have to leave the station.
Tickets and Fares
Tickets and passes for the Metro can also be used to transfer to a bus and vice versa. If you purchase a single fare ticket you on a bus you must ask for a transfer which is vallid 90 minutes. Visit our page on fares for our more information about purchasing and using tickets on the transit system including the Metro.
Official website: http://www.stm.info/
Montreal by Metro is an excellent source of interesting facts and information and about the Montreal Metro and has many good photographs of many of the different stations.