General Information

Local transportation in Montreal

Public transport in the city is well organized with the Metro and many bus lines. A single ticket for one unlimited trip on the metro and buses combined is CAN$3. Change for $5, $10 or $20 bills is given at metro stations but not on buses.

Taxis

We suggest that you use only taxis equipped with a taximeter. Beware of private cabs, especially those without a taximeter. It is customary to give a tip of 15% over the amount of the bill at restaurants and in taxis.

Currency, exchange, credit cards

The official currency in Canada is the Canadian dollar which is worth approximately US$0.75 or 0.65 euro. Currency exchange facilities are offered to participants at the airport and at a few places on busy shopping streets and tourist areas. American Express, Visa, Diners and Master Card are accepted in hotels, restaurants and stores, but you should ask or look for the logo before ordering a service. Money can be withdrawn from ATMs.

Shopping hours

The usual shopping hours are from 10:00 to 18:00, 17:00 Saturday and Sunday, 21:00 Thursday and Friday.

Insurance

The Organizing Committee cannot assume responsibility for injuries or losses occurring to persons or personal belongings during the conference. Participants are therefore advised to travel with a valid insurance package.

Electricity supply

In Canada, electricity is the same as in USA 120 V, 60 Hz with the same 2-pin connecting plug as in USA.

Smoking

Smoking is NOT permitted inside the Workshop buildings or at the venues for the social functions. Smoking is prohibited in all public buildings including restaurants. Smoking is permitted outdoors but not within 9 m of an entrance door.

Weather

Weather in Montreal at the beginning of September should be mild, maximum 23, but you never know…

Language

Montreal is a bilingual city with English and French understood everywhere. The official language of the Workshop is English.

Arrival

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Arrival by air

All participants arriving at Trudeau International Airport are advised to take the 747 downtown express bus to their hotels; this is the least expensive and most reliable service. You can find information about this bus service on the following link: http://www.admtl.com/en/access/transports/buses-747-express

Arrival by car

Montreal can easily be reached by car by crossing one of the many bridges. Parking is available at the conference hotel and is subject to a fee.