Montréal is on Via Rail's Windsor-Québec corridor. You can reserve tickets on their website or get them from your travel agent. The train station is only a block away from the Marriott Chateau Champlain hotel where the NAPPO annual meeting will be taking place.
Visit Via Rail’s web site at www.viarail.ca for more information
Amtrak runs the Adirondack from Montréal to New York daily. Tickets can be priced and reserved on the site. This is currently the only train connection from Montréal to the United States. Visit Amtrak’s web site at www.amtrak.com for more information.
There are two major downtown train stations, Central Station (Gare Centrale) located a block from the hotel and Lucien-L'Allier. Both are connected to the Bonaventure Metro station and thus to the underground city. Lucien-L'Allier, also connected to the metro station of the same name, is only used for commuter trains:
Additional information on Montréal’s public transit can be found at: www.stm.info/en
Central Station, unlike major train stations in many other cities, is functionally invisible. It is located underground below the Queen Elizabeth Hotel and just north of Place Bonaventure. It is easily reached from Ste-Catherine Street by strolling through the Place Ville-Marie mall and looking for the way finding signs, or via Bonaventure metro station. Any taxi driver can bring you directly there. But don't expect to find a physical train station at street level.
Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is located 22 km (13 mile) west of downtown Montréal and now serves all domestic, US and international passenger flights. Local folks still sometimes call it “Dorval Airport”.
A public airport shuttle, the 747, runs 24/7 from the downtown area to the airport and return. It is equipped with luggage racks and accepts regular STM tickets and passes, although cash fare (coins only) is $10. Stops underground one block from the hotel.
Taxis:$41.00 CAD one way
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Most goods and services in Québec are subject to two taxes, a federal Goods and Services Tax of 5% (usually listed as TPS on receipts – Taxe sur les produits et services) and a provincial sales tax of 9.975% (TVQ on receipts – Taxe de vente du Québec). An accommodation tax of 3.5% per night of hotel stay is also charged.
Books are not provincially taxed, and most groceries are not taxed at all unless something counts as ready-to-eat. Almost everything else is taxable.
Gratuities for service:
In Canada, it is common courtesy to provide a 10% to 15% gratuity for meals, valet parking, concierge assistance and certain services such as haircuts or spa treatments. Some restaurants automatically add the gratuity to the amount charged, so check the bill carefully before paying.
English and French are the official languages of Canada, with French predominating in Québec.
The electricity available is 120V and 60Htz. Plug adapters should be brought with you.