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2019 Canadian Grand Prix – Getting Around Guide

Posted by Andrew Balfour on Nov 30, 2018 11:14:50 AM

From flights to buses, taxis and the Metro, here’s your guide to getting around in Montréal at the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix on 6-9 June.

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Which airport?

Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is the main hub for domestic and international flights to Montréal. Located around 20km from downtown, YUL is the third busiest airport in Canada and a major hub for Air Canada. In addition to domestic connections, Montréal Airport has direct flights to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America.

Got some more time? The daily “Adirondack” train service from New York to Montréal is rated one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. The 10-hour service travels through the Hudson Valley wine region and tickets cost from $150 USD return.

Airport to City

Taxis are readily available at the airport and fares to downtown Montréal are fixed at $41 CAD. For other destinations, the minimum fare is $17.45 CAD and the driver has to use the meter. Uber also operates in Montréal; you’ll need to wait near Door 6 at the Departures Level to meet your driver. Alternatively, the 747 Express Bus connects the airport with the Lionel-Groulx and Berri-UQAM metro stations. Tickets cost $10 and the service runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

How to get to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

The Canadian Grand Prix takes place at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which is located on an island in the St Lawrence Seaway called Île Notre-Dame. Book your hotel with F1 Experiences to benefit from daily coach transfers to and from Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The next best way to get to the circuit on race weekend is to take the Metro, but you’ll need to be patient as access points can become overcrowded at peak times:

  • Metro: the closest metro stop is Jean Drapeau, which is on the Yellow Line (click here for a Metro Map) and just one stop from Montréal’s main interchange station, Berri-UQAM. After exiting the metro on St Helen’s Island, you’ll need to walk across one of two bridges to the circuit; the closer Cosmos Bridge is good for grandstands near the hairpin (15, 24, 31, 34, 46, 47), while the further Concorde Bridge is good for grandstands 1, 11 and 12. Walk times vary between 10-30 minutes, but there can be bottlenecks on the bridges at peak times. Don’t forget to buy a ticket for your return journey ahead of time to avoid queueing for the ticket machines.
  • Walking: it is possible to walk from downtown Montréal all the way to the circuit, using the Concorde Bridge. This can be a good idea at the end of the day when the Metro is overcrowded, and you’ll also get to see the unique Habitat 67 housing community.
  • Driving: not recommended. There’s no reserved parking at the circuit and vehicular access is severely restricted.
  • Ferry: you can also take the Navettes Maritimes River Shuttle from the old port near downtown or Longueuil to Parc Jean-Drapeau. Ticket prices are reasonable, but the service only operates once per hour, and only on weekend days.
  • Taxi: there’s a taxi drop-off point on St Helen’s Island near the Concorde Bridge, but traffic on the island can get very congested at peak times and queues for taxis at the end of the day are sizeable. It’s better to take the Metro or walk back across the Concorde bridge to downtown Montréal, where you can more easily take a taxi to your final destination.

How to get around in Montréal

  • Public Transport: Montréal’s Metro is cheap and effective. Single trips cost $3.25 CAD, but more cost-effective passes are recommended for racegoers: Unlimited Weekend passes cost $13.75 (valid from 4pm on Friday to 5pm on Monday) and 3 Day passes cost $18 CAD (valid until 23:59 on the third day). Click here for a metro map and more information.
  • Taxis/Ride Sharing: you are never far from a taxi rank in downtown Montréal, but it can be a good idea to ask your hotel which company they recommend, and then note down the number for late-night pickups. Don’t forget that drivers will be expecting a tip. Uber is also popular in Montréal.
  • Bike Sharing: with over 500 stations around the city, Montréal’s bike sharing scheme BIXI is a convenient way to explore Montréal’s sights, especially the city’s many parks and green spaces.

Official Ticket Packages for the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix on 6-9 June include select grandstands or access to VIP hospitality in the Champions Club and Formula 1 Paddock Club, plus exciting benefits only available with F1 Experiences such as a Drive the Track Tour, meet-and-greets with F1 drivers and access to the F1 Paddock

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