Run by the STM, Montreal's public transit corporation, Montreal Airport Bus the 747 Express launched on March 29, 2010, set in place to accommodate a growing need for affordable transportation between downtown Montreal and the Montreal-Trudeau Airport.
Where Do I Catch the Montreal Airport Bus?
It depends what direction you're heading in. There are roughly a dozen stops in a given direction. Among the stops from downtown Montreal's Central Bus Station heading to Trudeau Airport, from east to west are:
- DEPARTURE: Montreal's Central Bus Station (i.e., Centre d'Autocars de Montréal) beside Berri-UQAM Metro Station: corner of Berri & De Maisonneuve
- on René-Lévesque, corner of Mansfield
- on René-Lévesque, corner of de la Montagne
- ARRIVAL: Montréal-Trudeau Airport
Among the stops from Trudeau Airport heading to the downtown terminus, from west to east, are:
- DEPARTURE: Montréal-Trudeau Airport
- on René-Lévesque, corner of Guy
- on René-Lévesque, corner of Union
- ARRIVAL: Berri-UQAM Metro Station, corner of Berri & De Maisonneuve
Check the map of the 747 Express Route detailing ALL of the bus stops (scroll down to see map). Note that the 747 stops near various hotels and tourist attractions.
When Can I Catch the Montreal Airport Bus?
En route 365 days a year and 24 hours a day including late at night, the 747 runs from every 10 minutes or less during the day to every hour in the middle of the night. Consult the 747 Express Bus schedule.
How Long Is the Bus Ride?
Though it could theoretically take as little as 20 minutes outside of rush hour, expect the 747 Express to take 45 to 60 minutes from the Berri-UQAM bus station to Montreal-Trudeau Airport and vice versa, just to be on the safe side.
How Much Does It Cost?
One bus ride on the 747 costs $10 (was $8 in 2012, $7 in 2010), which yes, sounds steep. But compared to a cab ride that could set you back $40, it's a steal. And this $10 includes unlimited access to Montreal's transit system for a 24-hour period. But you can board at no extra charge IF you already have one of these fare programs on your OPUS card:
- a monthly pass
- a weekly pass
- a one-day pass (no OPUS card req'd; recommended for tourists)
- a three-day pass (no OPUS card req'd; recommended for tourists); or
- a monthly TRAM pass (1 to 8)
Where Do I Pay?
You can buy a pass in advance at the Montreal-Trudeau Airport International Arrivals level or pay in exact change on the bus (no dollar bills accepted).
You can also purchase passes at any Montreal Metro station, by credit card through any of Stationnement de Montréal's street parking pay stations and at the tourist centers at Dorchester Square, in Old Montreal as well as at Montreal's Central Bus Station (i.e., Centre d'Autocars de Montréal).
I'm a Montreal Resident. Can I Use the 747 Express Bus Like Any Other City Bus?
Yes, you can. One of the reasons this bus line was launched in the first place was to allow airport employees an easy, affordable way to get to work. As long as you pay the $10 per use charge OR show your monthly, weekly, one-day or three-day transit pass, you can hop on the 747.