Downtown (Centre-ville) is a district of Montreal.

Get in

By car

Street parking costs $3/hour from 8AM-9PM and ticketing is common. There are a number of large, commercial parking structures and by-the-day lots. Driving can be very slow and frustrating along rue Sainte-Catherine, with large numbers of pedestrians and heavy traffic. Sherbrooke often comes to a standstill during rush hour.

By metro

Downtown Montreal is served by the Orange and Green Lines. The Green Line follows boulevard de Maisonneuve, while the Orange line runs parallel five blocks to the south (i.e. towards the river). Note that in many cases, you can use the "Underground City" to walk from one station to another — even between lines — without surfacing (useful in winter or rain!).

Useful stops include:

By bus

Dozens of bus lines run through the downtown area.

Get around

Downtown is walkable, weather permitting, but watch for frustrated drivers trying to cut through throngs of pedestrians crossing the street. The new bike lane on Blvd. de Mainsonneuve provides easy and relatively safe bike access in and out of downtown.

Many blocks are connected by 30 km of underground pedestrian tunnels, arcades and malls. You can walk and shop in comfort when the weather above is foul.


Montreal viewed from Mount Royal


Montreal's Chinatown (Le quartier chinois) mostly runs along rue de la Gauchetière between rue Jeanne-Mance and rue Saint-Dominique (this section is mostly pedestrianized), and also along rue Saint-Urbain and boulevard Saint-Laurent between rue Viger and boulevard René-Lévesque. It is the third largest Chinatown in Canada, behind those in Vancouver and Toronto, and is known best for its many restaurants and gift shops.

Parc du Mont-Royal

The Parc du Mont-Royal (Mount Royal Park) is a 529 acre park surrounding Mount Royal, the city's namesake. Most locals refer to as a mountain even though it just looks like a hill to most visitors; its highest peak is only 233 metres (764 feet) above sea level.



Rue Sainte-Catherine offers all the brandnames (Gap, Zara, Roots, Payless, etc.) and is packed with shoppers on nice days. Much more shopping happens out of sight in the hundreds of small stores in the "Underground City".








Go next

Routes through Downtown

Verdun Westmount  W  E  Quartier Latin-Le Village East End
Saint-Laurent South West  W  E  Old Montreal Laval
Candiac Notre-Dame-de-Grâce  W  E  END
Deux-Montagnes Côte-des-Neiges  W  E  END
Mascouche Côte-des-Neiges  N  S  END
END  W  E  Longueuil Mont-Saint-Hilaire
Saint-Jérôme Notre-Dame-de-Grâce  N  S  END
Hudson Notre-Dame-de-Grâce  W  E  END

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