Sleeping in Airports

Montreal Trudeau Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Montreal Trudeau Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Around 23 pm they closed a majority of lights and the only sound we could hear was a few employees passing by or the announcer, but overall it is an awesome place to sleep.
– mariemaea32

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Montreal Trudeau International Airport.

What to Expect

Montreal Trudeau Airport is a busy two-level, single terminal international airport divided into 4 sections: domestic, international, transborder and a public area. Amenities are fairly standard throughout YUL. It has a good range of shops and restaurants – two of which are located landside and open 24- hours. There is also a good spot for plane spotting. The airport offers 60 minutes free WiFi. Once that period expires, you can begin another session after watching an advertisement. Power outlets are apparently difficult to find – so charge your devices ahead of time.  For those looking for a little added comfort, there are first class lounges that economy class passengers can pay to access.  See Airport Lounges for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

While the Montreal Airport is open 24-hours a day, it restricts overnight sleepers to the landside area.   When security closes, everyone located airside will be asked to pass back through security to the public area until they re-open in the morning. Once landside, the best place to sleep seems to be around the check-in area of the terminal. However, it can be bright, cold and loud here, making a blanket, an eye mask and noise cancelling headphones or earplugs definite assets.  Airside has a number of designated rest areas and armrest-free seating in the International departures area.   If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel connected to the airport, and other hotels nearby, connected by shuttles.  See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Multiple Locations – (1) Domestic Departures, (1) Transborder Departures and (1) International Departures. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  National Bank Lounge – Location: International Departures, Airside, between gates 52 and 53. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

If sleeping in Montreal Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

At Airport Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel
Connected to the airport through the US Departures terminal. » Check Rates

Near Airport Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel
(2 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle runs every 15 minutes. Pick-up and drop-off is at Door 7 on the Departures Level (2nd floor). » Check Rates

Near Airport Aloft Montreal
(2 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle runs every 15 minutes. Pick-up and drop-off is at Door 7 on the Departures Level (2nd floor). » Check Rates

Near Airport Comfort Inn Montreal Aeroport
(3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

Near Airport Hotel MTL Express Montreal Airport
(3 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour shuttle service to the airport and Dorval VIA Rail station. Shuttle automatically picks up at the airport every 15 to 20 minutes. » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Trudeau Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Free WiFi is available at Montreal Trudeau Airport for 60 minutes. Connect to the “YUL Wi-Fi” network. Internet kiosks are available throughout the terminal.

Pro-Tip: Once your free session is over, you can start it again for free after watching another commercial. You can repeat this as many times as you want.

Communications

Family Services

  • Baby Care Facilities – Nursing rooms offer comfortable seating, sinks, changing tables, and in some cases a microwave. You’ll find them next to most restrooms throughout the airport.
  • Children’s Play Area – Located at most boarding areas. An Air Transit playground has been added in the International Area for kids under 7 years old.
  • Family Services – Courtesy carts for children are available at the information desks in the departures area.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
    • Public Common Zone (landside): Subway • Tim Horton’s
    • Commercial Zone (landside): Burger King

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – A cloakroom is available to store a wide range of items ranging in size from envelopes to bicycles. Rates range from $2.50 – $11.00 per day, depending on type and size of item or luggage. Weekly rates are available for clothing items (winter boots and/or coat). Valid photo ID and boarding pass / flight ticket are required for service. Location: Domestic area, landside. Hours: Open 24 hours.
  • Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage?   Available free of charge in the baggage claim areas, parking lots, passenger drop-off areas and the International jetty.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Available for a $12 fee at two Safe Bag kiosks, located landside in the Departure zone, near Gates 3 and 5. Hours: Open during flight hours.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – A reader let us know that there are electrical and USB outlets are available for mobile charging.

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. ebit cards are accepted at all ATMs, but if using a credit card for cash advance, please note that Bank of Montreal ATMs only accept MasterCard, while Royal Bank ATMs only accept Visa. Foreign currency ATMs are located in the international area (Euro available) and transborder zone (USD available). Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: throughout the airport.
  • Currency Exchange – International Currency Exchange (ICE) kiosks are available in these locations:
    • Landside – Arrivals level • New Commercial Zone • US Departures.
    • Airside – Canada area (Gate 01) • International area (Gate 50) • International area (Luggage Zone).

Pets

  • Pet Relief Area – Location: Outdoors, near the multi-level car park.

Prayer

  • Prayer Room – Gather your thoughts in a peaceful interfaith prayer room. Location: Transborder-US Departures area, near the Java U restaurant.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • Duty Free & Shopping – The Loop duty-free shops are available airside in the International area (near Gate 52 and near Gate 63), and the Transborder-US area (near Gate 75). In addition, a variety of retail stores are available throughout the airport.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – Not available.
  • Spa & Salon Services – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available at BALNEA Spa Voyage. Locations: Transborder-Canada area, airside, Gate 5 • Transborder-US area, airside, Gate 81.

Smoking

  • Smoking Area – Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited throughout the terminal building. There are smoking areas in front of the terminal.

Things to do & see

  • Art in the Airport – Art exhibitions are available throughout the airport.
  • Planespotting – Watch planes land and take-off from Jacques-de-Lesseps Park, Trudeau Airport’s official observation park! Bring a zoom lens here in the afternoon to take great pics of planes arriving and departing for Paris. Location: Intersection of Halpern and Jenkins at the airport’s southeast side.

Other Airport Services

  • Shoe Shine – Walter’s Shoe Care. Location: Transborder-Canada area, airside, Gate 1. Hours: Open during flight hours.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Montreal Trudeau airport is served by the following airlines: Aer Lingus • Aeromexico • Air Algérie • Air Canada • Air China • Air Creebec • Air France • Air Inuit • Air Saint-Pierre • Air Transat • Alitalia • American Airlines • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Copa • Corsair • Cubana • Delta • Finnair • First Air • Iberia • Icelandair • InterJet • KLM • Lufthansa • Miami Air • MEA • Porter Airlines • Provincial Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • Sata • Sunwing Airlines • Swiss • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • WOW Air • WestJet.

The 747 Express is a 24-hour city bus line that runs between the airport and the central bus station, Gare d’autocars de Montréal – Berri UQAM metro station. The trip can take up to 1 hour, depending on traffic. As of this January  2018 update, a fare card is $10, good for 24 consecutive hours of unlimited travel on Montreal’s public bus and metro network.

The 204 Cardinal is a city bus line that runs between the airport and Dorval train station. The 209 bus runs between the airport and the Roxboro-Pierrefonds train station. For more information on visit the STM (Societe de Transport de Montreal) website.

The following car rental agencies can be found on the ground level of the multistory car park at the airport: Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Many hotels in the area provide courtesy airport shuttle service. Hotel shuttles pick-up from the Arrivals Level, outside the terminal on the median at Zone E. Ask your hotel about shuttle service details and availability.

The following hotels have airport shuttle service: Aloft Montreal Airport   •   Hotel MTL Express Montreal Airport   •   Comfort Inn Aeroport Dorval   •   Comfort Inn Montreal Aeroport   •   Days Inn Montreal Airport   •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Montreal Airport   •   Hampton Inn & Suites Montreal   •   Hilton Garden Inn Montreal/Dorval Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Montreal Airport   •   Holiday Inn Pointe Claire Montreal Airport   •   Novotel Montreal Aeroport   •   Quality Hotel Dorval Aeroport   •   Quality Suites Montreal Aeroport   •   Residence Inn by Marriott Montreal Airport   •   Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel.

The airport is serviced daily by the following regional bus lines:

  • Orleans Express > Trois Rivieres, Ste Foy and Quebec City
  • Greyhound > Ottawa and Gatineau
  • Aeronavette > 24-hour door to door service to/from the Eastern Townships
  • Autocars Skyport > Mont-Tremblant (winter season only)

Taxis and limousines are available for hire at the Arrivals Level central exit. A dispatcher will be available to assist. As of this January 2018 update, taxis charge according to the meter for all destinations except downtown, for which a flat rate is available ($40). Limousine fares are based on a zoned rate card, the downtown fixed rate is $55-$60.

The AirConnect airport shuttle connects Montreal-Trudeau International Airport with VIA Rail, a nationwide inter-city passenger railway service in Canada. AirConnect runs between the airport and the VIA station in Dorval every 20 to 30 minutes.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.