Montreal is an island! To arrive you will have to fly, take a bridge, or go through a tunnel. Montreal is made up of “arrondissements” or boroughs. Université de Montréal is in the Côte-des-Neiges borough, close to the center of the island, but northwest of downtown. The old city, “Vieux Montréal”, is southeast of downtown, adjacent to the Old Port. The Island of Montreal is in fact a low mountain surrounded on all sides by the Saint Lawrence River, and a large open area, Mount Royal Park, occupies the middle of the city. Université de Montréal is located on the northwest slope of the mountain.
A bit confusingly, Montrealers tend to think of the main axis routes of their city as being oriented north-south and east-west, when in fact the city is laid out at an angle of about 45 degrees from true north. Therefore, what a Montrealer refers to as “north” is in fact north-west. This is important because it also applies to the public transportation system.
Montreal has an excellent public transportation system, the Société de transport de Montréal, or STM (see map, page 11). This includes the metro (subway) and bus service. The metro is comprised of three main lines: Orange, Green and Blue. There is also a yellow line that connects to the South Shore. You can change lines at four stations: Berri-UQAM (Orange, Green and Yellow), Lionel-Groulx (Orange and Green), Snowdon (Orange and Blue), and Jean-Talon (Orange and Blue). Directions on the metro lines are communicated by using the last station on each end. For example, if you want to take the Green Line west, you are looking for direction: Angrignon. The metro lines run along the edges of Mount Royal on all four sides. If you want to go from downtown to Université de Montréal, you can either take the metro around the mountain, or a bus over the hill.
Pavillon Lionel-Groulx (3150, rue Jean-Brillant) is the Université de Montréal building where the WBRG conference will be held (please note that it is nowhere near Lionel-Groulx metro station). Pavillon Lionel-Groulx is within walking distance of two metro stations, both on the Blue Line: Côte-des-Neiges metro station and Université de Montréal metro station. Busses that stop close to Pavillon Lionel-Groulx are the 51 East and West (corner Decelles/Jean-Brillant), 166 North (Decelles/Troie), 166 South (Place du 6 décembre 1989), the 711 East (Place du 6 décembre 1989) and the 711 West (Decelles/Troie). Bus stops are found both at and between metro stations.
Bus and metro fare is $3.50 in cash, and only exact change is accepted on busses. Single, 2 or 10 fare passes can be purchased at any metro station, as well as some pharmacies. Unlimited passes are available for 1 day ($10), 3 days ($19.50), 1 week ($26.75) or a weekend ($14.00). Check here for more information on STM transit fares: http://www.stm.info/en/info/fares/transit-fares
If you are arriving by inter-city bus you will arrive at the Montreal Bus Station (Gare d’autocars de Montréal), which is adjacent to Berri-UQAM metro station. From there you can access the Orange, Green or Yellow metro lines.
If you are arriving by train you will arrive at Central Station (Gare Centrale), which is adjacent to the Bonaventure metro station on the Orange line.
If you are arriving by aeroplane you will arrive at Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport (YUL) in the Dorval Borough. From there you can board the 737 shuttle bus towards Terminus Lionel Groulx, which will take you to Lionel Groulx metro station (Orange and Green Lines) or the 737 shuttle bus towards Terminus Berri-UQAM (this option has more stops, and takes much longer). The cost of the shuttle bus is $10, however you can also use a 1 day, 3 day, weekly or weekend STM pass at no extra charge. For more information see: http://www.stm.info/en/info/networks/bus/shuttle/747-yul-montreal-trudeau-airport-downtown-shuttle
If you hear about the REM, a train that will connect the airport to downtown, take note that this train is under construction and not yet available.
Taxis are available at the bus station, train station, and airport. Montreal also has a bike-sharing program, Bixi. For more information, see: https://montreal.bixi.com/en/pricing. We strongly suggest that you bring your own helmet if you are planning on biking in Montreal.