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Driving in La MetropoleIn bilingual Montréal, international driving symbols are in use, as they are throughout the province. Prohibitory information is presented in signs with a white-centered red circle with a red diagonal slash. Mandatory information, such as seat belt usage, is presented in signs with a white-centered green circle. Radar detectors are not permitted. Note: Québec uses the 24-hour clock, e.g., 1730 is 5:30 p.m.

Below are French/English equivalents of some of the more common driving directions and information appearing on signs.

GENERAL INFORMATIONNord ---North

Sud ---South

Est ---East

Ouest ---West

Lun. ---Mon.

Mar. ---Tues.

Mer. ---Wed.

Jeu. ---Thurs.

Ven. ---Fri.

Sam. ---Sat.

Dim. ---Sun.

SIGNSARRÊT ---STOP

Accottement Mou ---Soft Shoulder

Arrét Interdit ---No Stopping

Cul-de-sac ---Dead End

Dêbarcadére ---Loading Zone

Demi-tour Interdit ---No U Turn

Dépassement Interdit ---No Passing

Déviation ---Bypass

École ---School

Fin ---End

Glissant ---Slippery

Lentement ---Slow

Pas de Virage à Gauche ---No Left Turn

Pas de Virage à Droite ---No Right Turn

Passage à Niveau ---Railroad Crossing

Reculez ---Back Up

Rétrécissement ---Road Narrows

Route à Chaussées Séparées ---Divided Highway

Sens Unique ---One Way

Stationnement ---Parking

Stationnement Interdit ---No Parking

Vitesse ---Speed

Voie Réservée ---Reserved Lane

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Travel Information

City Population

1,649,519

Elevation

15 m/49 ft.

Sales Tax

Canada levies a 5 percent Goods and Service Tax. Québec's provincial sales tax is 9.975 percent on goods and services. The Montréal area hotel room occupancy tax is 3.5 percent per night.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(514) 280-2000

Temperature

(514) 283-4006

Hospitals

Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital (Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont), (514) 252-3400; Montréal General Hospital (Hôpital général de Montréal), (514) 934-1934; St. Mary's Hospital Center (Centre hospitalier de St-Mary), (514) 345-3511. These can be reached at (514) 890-8000: Hôtel-Dieu, Notre-Dame Hospital (Hôpital Notre-Dame) and St. Luke's Hospital (Hôpital Saint-Luc).

Visitor Information

1255 rue Peel Montréal, QC H3A 3L8. Phone:(514)844-5400 or (877)266-5687

Air Travel

Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL), formerly Montréal-Dorval Airport, 22 kilometres (14 mi.) west of downtown in Dorval, handles commercial flights.

Rental Cars

Nearly all major rental-car companies serve Montréal, and desks are inside airline terminals at the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

Rail Service

Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, and VIA Rail Canada, (514) 989-2626, operate from Central Station, 895 de la Gauchetière beneath Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth hotel. Part of the underground city, Central Station is connected to the Métro subway and to Windsor Station at rues Peel and de la Gauchetière.

Buses

Greyhound Lines Inc. and Adirondacks Trailways run to New York City. Orléans Express operates inner-city service within Québec. The Gare d’autocars de Montréal (Montréal Coach Terminal), 1717 rue Berri, serves Canada and the U.S. Megabus buses link several Ontario cities, and connect to Buffalo, N.Y.

Taxis

Cabs are plentiful in Montréal; you should have no problem hailing one. Taxis are metered, and fares generally are fixed at $3.45 to start, plus $1.70 for each kilometre (.6 mi.) traveled as well as 63c for every waiting minute. Major companies are Diamond, (514) 273-6331; and Taxi Co-op, (514) 725-9885.

Public Transportation

Société de transport de Montréal (STM) provides bus, Métro (subway) and commuter train service throughout greater Montréal.

Boats

Large vessels put in at Montréal's docks. Port d'escale du Vieux-Port de Montréal (Bassin Jacques Cartier), 333 rue de la Commune Ouest, charges $18 for a minimum 3-hour stay, plus $6 per additional hour for vessels less than 18 metres (59 ft.) in length, or $66 for a minimum 3-hour stay, plus $22 per hour for vessels measuring 18 to 24 metres (59 to 79 ft.). Overnight rates $2.30-$4.15 per .3 metre (1 ft.) per day, depending on the season. Rates may increase on weekends, and there are discounts for stays of 7 or more days; phone (514) 283-5414 to verify pricing.

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