Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport (YUL IATA) (☏ / ☏ ), also known to locals as Dorval Airport, is Canada's third busiest airport. It is located in the West Island area of Montreal. In 2019, the airport served 20.3 million passengers. The airport serves destinations within North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. It is the only airport serving passengers in Montreal.
Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is commonly also known as, and was previously officially named Montreal-Dorval International Airport. The airport was renamed after Pierre Elliot Trudeau, Canada's 15th Prime Minister in 2004, though the old name "Dorval" is still used by most locals in Montreal. Aside from being the airport for the second most populated metropolitan area in Canada it is the main airport to reach the United Nations' International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which has its headquarters located in Montreal.
Prior to the 1970s, this airport served the most passengers in Canada, but it was overtaken by other airports for a number of reasons including population gain in other regions, but in particular due to a decision by the federal government to open Mirabel airport in 1975, which operated until 2004. Mirabel airport, which is much further from downtown Montreal, was intended to replace Montreal-Dorval International Airport, and for over two decades Mirabel was the only airport in the area permitted to handle international flights other than those to the United States. Having the two airports adversely impacted the attractiveness of travel connections through Montreal, as a traveler might fly internationally through Mirabel and then have to transfer to Dorval to fly domestically. In 2004, after Mirabel airport stopped handling passenger flights, all passenger flights resumed taking place at the now named Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Mirabel is now used exclusively for cargo flights.
Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is a single terminal operation with a small satellite terminal building located northeast of the main terminal building. The airport is a hub for Air Canada and the airline's headquarters are located in Montreal.
There is a border pre-clearance facility for flights to the United States of America, where passengers get to complete the immigration and customs process in Canada before boarding their flight. The airport is well-served by international flights to Europe, but connections to Asia are much more limited, the only ones being Air Canada's flights to Tokyo—Narita and Delhi, and Qatar Airways' flight to Doha.
International arrivals to Canada, including those from the US, require clearing passport control and customs at the airport. Passengers scan their passports, have photos taken, and make customs declarations at multi-language self-serve computer kiosks before interacting with a border security agent.
- From Calgary (Alberta) - 4 hours
- From Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) - 1.75 hours
- From Edmonton (Alberta) - 4 hours
- From Fredericton (New Brunswick) - 1.25 hours
- From Halifax (Nova Scotia) - 1.5-1.75 hours
- From Moncton (New Brunswick) - 1.5-1.75 hours
- From Ottawa (Ontario) - 45 minutes
- From Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) - 1 hour
- From Saskatoon (Saskatchewan) - 3.25 hours
- From St. John's (Newfoundland and Labrador) - 3 hours
- From Toronto (Ontario) - 1.25 hours
- From Vancouver (British Columbia) - 4.5-4.75 hours
- From Winnipeg (Manitoba) - 2.5 hours
Direct flights from the United States of America
- From Atlanta (Georgia) - 2.75 hours
- From Boston (Massachusetts) - 1.25 hours
- From Chicago (Illinois) - 2-2.25 hours
- From Dallas (Texas) - 3.5 hours
- From Denver (Colorado) - 3.75 hours
- From Las Vegas (Nevada) - 4.75 hours
- From Los Angeles (California) - 5.25 hours
- From New York City (New York) - 1.5 hours
- From Miami (Florida) - 3.5 hours
- From Phoenix (Arizona) - 4.75 hours
- From San Francisco (California) - 5.25-5.5 hours
- From Washington, D.C. - 1.75-2 hours
Direct flights from elsewhere in North America
- From Athens (Greece) - 10 hours
- From Barcelona (Spain) - 8.5 hours
- From Dublin (Ireland) - 6.5 hours
- From London (United Kingdom) - 7.25 hours
- From Paris (France) - 7.50-7.75 hours
- From Frankfurt (Germany) - 7.75-8 hours
- From Geneva (Switzerland) - 8.25 hours
- From Lisbon (Portugal) - 7.25 hours
- From Munich (Germany) - 8 hours
- From Rome (Italy) - 8.75 hours
- From Zurich (Switzerland) - 8.25 hours
- From Doha (Qatar) - 13.25 hours
- From New Delhi (India) - 15.75 hours
- From Tokyo (Japan) - 12.25 hours
Canadian airlines operating to Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport:
- Air Canada, ☏ , toll-free: . Canada's largest airline with hubs in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. It operates across Canada and services international destinations. Most flights from Toronto arrive from Toronto Pearson International Airport and some from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
- Air Creebec, toll-free: . Regional airline operating primarily in Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec.
- Air Inuit, toll-free: . Operates flights from communities in Northern Quebec.
- Air Transat, ☏ , toll-free: . Canada's third largest airline with some year round destinations and specializing in seasonal flights from vacation destinations (Europe in the summer and warmer, southern international destinations in the winter).
- Canadian North, toll-free: , email@example.com. A regional airline primarily operating flights in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, and flights from that region to a few large cities in Canada.
- Flair Airlines, toll-free: . A low-cost airline with flights across much of Canada.
- Pascan Aviation, ☏ , toll-free: , firstname.lastname@example.org. A regional airline operating in Quebec and Labrador.
- PAL Airlines, toll-free: , email@example.com. One of the largest regional airlines operating in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, and to Ottawa.
- Porter Airlines, toll-free: . Operates flights in Ontario, Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and some flights from the United States of America. Ots turboprop plane flights from Toronto leave from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. The airline's jet plane flights and flights by all other airlines almost exclusively leave from Toronto Pearson International Airport.
- Sunwing Airlines, toll-free: . Low cost Canadian airline that operates some flights within Canada throughout the year and specializes in seasonal flights to warmer, southern international vacation destinations in the winter.
- Westjet, toll-free: . Canada's second largest airline services with hubs in Calgary and Toronto. It operates across Canada and services international destinations.
- Air Saint-Pierre, ☏ , toll-free: . Operates flights from Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, two small islands that are a territorial overseas collectivity of France, located just south of Newfoundland.
The airport is served by all major airlines from the United States of America.
STM Airport Express bus 747 offers service between the airport and Montreal 24 hours a day. A single fare will cost $11 (exact change in coins only when paid in the bus, as of July 2022) and includes unlimited use of the STM bus and metro network for the following 24 hours. There's a machine that takes credit cards inside the arrivals area where you can purchase fares (including a three-day pass for $21.25). To get to the bus stop leave the arrivals area and go to the right. There is an area to line up for the 747 buses. The bus travels non-stop to and from Lionel-Groulx metro station (25-35 minutes from airport) on the Green and Orange metro lines. Some buses continue to various downtown stops (the bus's marquee will state which), including Berri-UQAM metro station (45-70 minutes from airport) on the Green, Orange, and Yellow metro lines.
It is possible to go downtown by the cheaper regular public transit system. Late at night, it is all right, but during peak hours, you will need to complete several transfers with potentially crowded vehicles, so it is really only best to do so only if you are on a very low budget and/or have very light baggage.
Between 05:00 and 01:00, take STM bus 204 east (est) which leaves from outside arrivals every 30 min to Gare Dorval (Dorval Train Station). Check that the driver is not going west (ouest) as both ways are served from almost the same place, and the sign does not say. You can also use the 209 on weekdays to get to Gare Dorval. Also, be sure to keep the ticket that the driver will give you as it is a transfer which you will need later. From Gare Dorval, use your transfer ticket to catch any one of buses 211, 411, 405, 425, or 485 to Lionel-Groulx metro station. Also make sure it is going east as the same routes go west too. Your transfer will then let you into the metro. Take the Montmorency-bound orange line or the Honoré-Beaugrand-bound green line into downtown on the metro. It costs $3.50 (July 2022), but exact change in coins only must be provided to the first driver.
Between 05:00 and 01:00, for the same price ($3.50, exact change in coins only, July 2022), take bus 356 (again, check that the driver is going east, not west) directly into downtown via Sherbrooke. This bus runs relatively close to most downtown hotels. However, if needed, a transfer can be completed to access the rest of the city. See the STM's trip planner or Google Maps for more details.
At Gare Dorval it is also possible to catch the Exo commuter rail to downtown (Direction Lucien L'Allier), during the day from 06:00 to 20:00 for a single one-way fare of $6, leading to the downtown station of Lucien L'Allier which is also atop the Lucien L'Allier metro station.
1 VIA Rail Canada, 755 Montréal-Toronto Blvd, Dorval, ☏ , toll-free: . Offers free shuttle connects the airport with Dorval station, located 2.5 km drove away. Intercity train routes between Montreal and the following terminus stations stop at this station: Ottawa, Jonquière, Senneterre, and Toronto.
The taxi fare to and from downtown is a fixed price of $41 (a sticker on the window behind the driver gives the boundaries of the zone where the flat fare applies; if you are going from or to places outside this zone, you will have to pay a metered fare with a minimum rate of $17.45).
By ride hailing
Ride hailing rides are only permitted by booking the ride on an app, and pick ups are only permitted at Door 6 on the Departures level and Door 20 on the Arrivals level. Ride hailing is available from:
Travel time to the airport from the city centre can be as much as an hour, depending on traffic. Is west of the city centre on Expressway (Autoroute) 20.
By car rental
The following car rental companies serve this airport:
- Alamo, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Avis, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Budget, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Dollar, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Enterprise, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Hertz, ☏ , toll-free: .
- National, ☏ , toll-free: .
- Thrifty, ☏ , toll-free: .
Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport has the following airport lounges:
- Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge, Domestic departures: between Gates 1 and 3; US Transborder departures: between Gates 72 and 73; International departures: near Gate 52.
- Air France / KLM Lounge, International departures: between Gates 55 and 57.
- Desjardins Odyssey Lounge, International departures: Gate 63.
- Montreal National Bank Lounge, International departures: near Gate 53.
Eat and drink
Below is a partial list of places to eat and drink at the airport.
Pre-security departures area
- St-Hubert Express, ☏ . Daily 11AM - 8PM. A regional chain of restaurants based in Quebec, serving Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick.
- YUL Pizza, Near Gate 51, ☏ . Daily 11AM-9PM.
US tranborder departures
- Houston Avenue Bar & Grill, near Gate 77, ☏ . Daily 4AM-8PM.
- L'Auberge Saint-Gabriel, near Gate 52, ☏ . 4 AM-10 PM.
- U Bar, near Gate 53, ☏ . Daily 4AM-11PM. A bar serving alcohol.
Below is a partial list of stores in the airport.
- The Source, near Gate 49, ☏ . Daily 3-9PM. A retail chain across Canada that sells electronics, such as smartphones and headphones.
US transborder departures
- Maison de la Presse, near Gate 82. Daily 5:30AM - 6:30PM. Sells newspapers, magazines, books, and travel essentials.
- Duty Free - The Loop, near Gate 52, ☏ . Daily 4AM - 11PM. Duty free shop, selling products such as fragrances, cosmetics, chocolate, alcohol, and sunglasses.
Free Wi-Fi is available in the terminal using the hotspot name YUL Wi-Fi. The connection lasts for 60 minutes, but you continue having internet access by starting a new session.
Smoking is only permitted at designated outdoor areas in front of the terminal. Cannabis consumption is not permitted on site.
Luggage carts are free to use and are available at parking lots, at airport drop off areas, and in baggage claim.
Cloakroom, ☏ . Daily 6AM-10PM (Lost and found M- 9 AM-5PM). Luggage storage is available, charged on a per day rate. Luggage charge ranges from $7 to $10 per day, depending on the size of the bag. Shrink wrapped luggage storage is not permitted. This also the site where lost and found is located with lost items stored for up to 60 days.
In the airport
- 1 Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel, 800 Place Leigh Capreol (at the south end of the airport terminal, just before traffic traveling along side the airport terminal leaves the airport), ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. The only in-terminal hotel at the airport.
Near the airport
- 2 Aloft Montreal Airport, 500 Boulevard McMillan, ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. The third closest hotel to the airport at about 900 m away.
- 3 Doubletree By Hilton Montreal Airport, 705 Avenue Michel-Jasmin, ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. The fourth closest hotel to the airport at 1.6 km away, near Dorval VIA Rail Canada station.
- 4 Fairfield Inn & Suites Montreal Airport, 700 Avenue Michel-Jasmin, ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. The fifth closest hotel to the airport at 1.6 km away, near Dorval VIA Rail Canada station.
- 5 Quality Inn & Suites Aéroport P.E. Montréal-Trudeau Airport, 1010 chemin Herron (About 2.7 km from the airport.), ☏ . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 11:00.
- 6 Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel, 555 Boulevard McMillan, ☏ , toll-free: . Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. The second closest hotel to the airport at about 800 m away.