The YUL Arrivals Guide gives you information on what you need to know before your arrival and when you arrive at the Montreal Airport. The guide includes terminal maps, airport amenities, and more. We try to keep this guide up-to-date, but as anyone that travels regularly knows, airports change security and other procedures regularly. The YUL Arrival Guide was last updated March 2016.
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) was formerly the Montréal–Dorval International Airport. The Montreal Airport (YUL) is the main Canadian airport serving Québec as well as Eastern Ontario and Northern New England. If you don’t have a flight yet, here is a list of Airlines for Montreal Airport. If you are looking for a hotel near the airport, check out our Montreal Airport Hotel page.
YUL Arrivals – Things You Need to Know Before Arrival
The Montreal airport website has a page that shows YUL Arrivals that you can see here. Unfortunately, it does not show your arrival gate, so you cannot see where in the airport you will be when you get off the plane. For YUL Arrival info, we recommend using FlightView because it shows the gate. You can go directly to FlightView’s Montreal Airport Arrival page to get your arrival gate.
With your YUL arrival gate info, you can see where you are arriving on the YUL Airport Terminal Map. The center section of the terminal map surrounded by a red dotted line is the main terminal. There is also an interactive map that you can use to see shops, bathrooms, etc. Montreal Airport has a nice little tool for arriving on their website. Is is particularly good if you arriving from out of Canada. Go to the guide for arriving at the airport and answer a couple questions and you are on your way.
YUL International Arrivals
Here are the steps you will follow when you arrive at the Montreal Airport on an international flight:
- While on the plane, you will be given a Canada Border Security Agency Customs Declaration Card to fill out.
- Once out of the plane you will be directed to the primary inspection point. The inspection looks like the photo to the right. Make sure you get in the correct line for Canadian Resident vs. visitor as shown in the sign in the photo. There your passport and the Customs Declaration Card filled out in Step #1 will be checked.
- Then you will go to baggage pickup. At the Montreal airport the baggage claim is organized by the airline, so look for signs for your airline.
- With all your luggage in tow, the final step is border control. Your passport, Customs Declaration Card, and luggage will be reviewed by a Border Services Officer.
- Once through border control, you are free to get your vacation or business trip started.
YUL Domestic Arrivals
If you are arriving on a flight that originated in Canada, the YUL arrival process is much easier than International. When you get off the plane, you can go straight to luggage pickup. Luggage pickup is organized is organized by the airline name. Just look for a sign with your airline. Once you have your luggage, you are on your way.
YUL Ground Transportation
Before arrival, check with your hotel to see if they offer a free shuttle. Many hotels around the airport and even downtown offer a shuttle service. If you are traveling locally, there is a taxi and limousine stop with a dispatcher for assistance. It is located at the arrivals level near the central exit. If you are traveling to downtown Montreal, the taxi fare is capped at $40 and the limousine fare is capped at $60. All other destinations are metered for taxis and there is a rate card for the limousines.
If you are traveling to downtown Montreal or select hotels you may be able to take advantage of the 747 P.-E.-Trudeau Airport/Downtown bus service. Check out the bus stop list below to see if your destination is included. The fare is $10 and if you have exact change you can pay on the bus. A couple things to consider:
- Depending on where you are traveling to, you may still have a significant walk.
- Depending on your stop, it could take up to an hour to get from the airport to your destination.
- Think about how much luggage you have to carry.
- The weather is also a factor particularly if you have a long walk from your bus stop.
Get the Montreal Airport Travel Guide
The Montreal Airport Travel Guide is a pdf that you can print or read directly on your computer or mobile device. It is a great portable resource to bring with you if you are traveling to Montreal. In addition to the information on this page, the guide includes more maps, itinerary forms, important phone numbers and more.