Full of vibrant cities and cultural diversity, Canada offers the best of both city and wilderness to indulge your inner explorer.
If your love of traveling involves exploring the world’s major cities, then look no further! Ask any Canadian, they’ll tell you that Canada is known for the big three: Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. If these are on your must see travel list but you don’t have much money, don’t give up hope. Toronto and Vancouver might be considered two of the most expensive cities to live in but Montreal is a much cheaper city option.
Here are some tips to save money while traveling in Montreal.
Transport and Travel
An important lesson I’ve learnt from travel is to look around before booking anything. This is especially true for booking flights. It’s always better to use online-travel websites like JustFly to compare flights, so you can get the cheapest and most convenient flights for you. A good indicator also are the website reviews. Whether positive or not, reviews like JustFly’s reviews often determine which website I use.
As for traveling around Montreal the public transit system, the Société de transport de Montréal (STM), is relatively affordable. With the metro line covering a very high percentage of the city you can stay just about anywhere, including cheaper areas in the Northern and Eastern parts of the city. The only downside is that the STM doesn’t run super late at night, meaning you may need to settle for an Uber to get home.
Cost: $25 for a week ticket.
Check out: Booking Flights on a Budget
Things to do / see
If you enjoy taking in the sites, whether you are wandering the streets of a new city or sitting in the sun surrounded by natural beauty, here are some budget-friendly attractions you can check out.
Whether you want to go for a scenic mountain top walk at Mont Royal Park, do some skating in LaFontaine Park, or just lounge around Girouard Park, there are great green spaces to enjoy in every corner of Montreal. Amazing sites no matter the season, Montreal’s parks are THE spot to people watch. Also if you’re there in the summer, festivals and events are a common attraction to come across.
In the heart of the city, you’ll also find one of the world’s largest Botanical Gardens!
The one to visit is the completely free Montreal Museum Of Fine Arts. This massive museum is home to a large collection of beautiful paintings, sculptures, and other pieces of art. There are paid exhibits at this museum, but the permanent collection, which is large, is always free to visit.
Another must-see is the nearby Redpath Museum. Also free, this museum is all about wildlife and minerals. Check out some massive fossils, or get mesmerized by the Redpath Museum’s huge collection of space rocks and deposits!
You can take in the whole range of culture Montreal alone has to offer just by wandering it’s streets. Again these are experiences you make for your self so they are completely free (sensing a theme here?), all you have to decide is what you fancy seeing.
For cobblestone streets and a whole lot of history, take a stroll through Old Montreal. Key places to visit are Place Jacques-Cartier, a bustling square full of buskers and outdoor terraces, Rue St. Pierre, a picturesque narrow street with charming local cafés, and the Old Port of Montreal for great views of the St-Lawrence river.
Although predominantly French speaking, Park Avenue is home to the ethnic neighbourhood known as ‘Greek Town.’ With a vibrant community and authentic food, this is definitely a place to check out for something different.
Where to Eat
With a vast amount of culture comes a lot of choice for cuisine! There are cheap places to eat if you are willing to look where you can get good food for $15 and under. As always you can also venture out and eat at the markets or street food stalls which often have the best local grub!
Where to Stay
Every new place I go I always opt for hostels just outside of the centre of the city. You can easily find cheap places to stay in great locations on any hostel booking website. However, if you’re a more hardcore budget traveller, couch surfing is always a favourite. Get to know the locals, and not only will you find a cheap place to sleep but you’ll have your own personal tour guide who knows the best local places to eat!
Want to check out another popular city out a budget ? Check out this New York City break guide.
Have you been to Montreal? How did you save money?