Before visiting a country, it’s always a good idea to know some basic facts and practicalities about it. From what kind of documentation you need to enter Canada to how to get around, here are some things you should know before visiting Montreal.
All visitors to Montreal, or anywhere else in Canada, need a valid passport. United States citizens can also use a U.S. Passport Card or a NEXUS identification card. Visitors from some countries will also need a visa to enter Canada. Click here to see what the entry requirements are from your country.
Montreal’s official language is French but both French and English are commonly spoken there. If you don’t already speak any French, it’s a good idea to learn some French words and phrases before you visit. Although English is commonly spoken, it is polite to first approach someone in French to ask if they speak English.
Montreal is a safe city with low crime rates. There is a strong police presence patrolling the City including in the Metro system. This being said, like any city you visit, usual precautions should be taken as a tourist.
The currency of Montreal is the Canadian dollar. Want to know what a Canadian dollar is worth? Check out the current exchange rates.
Montreal’s weather varies quite a bit.The coldest month is January with average highs of 23°F (-5°C) and lows of 9°F (-13°C). Temperatures peek in July with average highs of 79°F (26°C) and low of 16°C (61°F). You can check out Montreal’s current weather and 7 day forecast here.
Montreal has an extensive public transit system that includes buses and a subway system (metro). In the warmer months, many people get around on bicycles. Montreal has a great public bike rental system that is cheap, efficient and a wonderful way to see the city.