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

YUL Airport Overview

Montreal Trudeau Airport Guide
(Photo by SleepingInAirports / Dec 2018)

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Montreal Trudeau International Airport.

What to Expect

Montreal Trudeau Airport (Code: YUL) is a busy two-level, single-terminal international airport divided into four sections: domestic, international, transborder and a public area. Amenities are pretty standard throughout YUL. It has a good range of shops and restaurants – only one is open 24 hours. There is also a good spot for plane spotting. The airport offers 60 minutes of 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 beforehand. 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.

Sleeping in Montreal Airport

Landside, the best place to sleep seems to be around the terminal’s check-in area. However, it can be bright, cold and loud here, making a blanket, an eye mask and noise cancelling headphones or earplugs definite assets. Several designated rest areas and armrest-free seating can be found Airside, in the International departures area. Unfortunately, according to one of our readers, sleeping Airside is not always allowed: “At 2 am, a security worker woke me and several other sleeping passengers in the vicinity to advise that we were not allowed to stay in the departures area. We had to depart to the arrivals area of the airport and wait for security to re-open at 3:45 am (November 2023).” Explore our guide to sleeping in Montreal Airport or read traveller airport reviews for more tips.

If you’re looking for uninterrupted sleep, there is a hotel connected to the airport and other hotels nearby, connected by shuttles. See the Airport Hotels section below for locations.

To help us keep this guide up-to-date, you can add or update information or write a review to submit airport tips and photos. You can also visit the airport’s website for current information.  For more airport information, continue scrolling down to explore more in our Montreal Airport Guide.

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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

Airport Hotels

If sleeping in Montreal airport sounds like a nightmare, there is a hotel connected to the terminal and several nearby hotels offering free airport shuttles. Shuttle pick-up is at Door 8 on the Departures Level (2nd floor).

  • Montreal Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel – Connected to the airport through the US Departures terminal.  » Check Rates
Hotels near Montreal Airport with airport shuttles

For more options, visit Tripadvisor to see a list of hotels near Trudeau Airport that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

Airport Lounges

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 learn how to gain access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Air Canada Maple Leaf Lounge – Multiple Locations – (1) Domestic Departures, (1) Transborder Departures and (1) International Departures.
  • National Bank Lounge (Swissport) – Location: International Departures, Airside, between gates 52 and 53. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.
  • Desjardins Odyssey Lounge – Location: International Departures, Airside, between Gate 63. Hours: 4:00 PM – last flight. Lounge Access: Desjardins credit cardholders.
  • Air France Lounge operated by Plaza Premium Group – Location: Airside, International Concourse, Gate 57. Hours: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: Montreal Airport Lounges

Drinking Water

A reader tells us there are many drinking water fountains available.

Food & Drinks

Food concessions throughout the terminal operate with varying schedules.  At the time of this post-Covid update, the only 24-hour option is a Subway (Landside, Arrivals).

Luggage Storage & Lockers

A cloakroom is available to store a wide range of items ranging in size from envelopes to bicycles. Sample rates are: Envelope – $9.00/day • Carry-on bag – $10.00/day or $30/week • Large luggage – $12.00/day or $48/week. Rates are available per day or week for up to 5 weeks. Valid photo ID and boarding pass/flight ticket are required for service. Location: Domestic area, Landside. Hours: 24 hours.

Mobile Charging

A reader let us know that electrical and USB outlets are available for mobile charging.

Rest & Relaxation Zones

There are a number of recliner seats and flat padded couches scattered throughout the International departures area.

Take precautions even when sleeping in the rest zones.  In December 2019, a traveller at another airport reported that money and credit cards had been stolen from their bag even though the bag was right beside them.  Protect and lock your bags as you would sleeping elsewhere in public.


Unfortunately, there are no showers available to freshen up. If this is incorrect, click here to update this guide.

WiFi / Internet

Free WiFi is available at Montreal Trudeau Airport for unlimited 60-minute sessions. Connect to the “YUL Wi-Fi” network. Open your web browser and agree to the terms.

More Airport Information

More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover

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 terminal.
  • Children’s Play Area – Located at most boarding areas. An Air Transit playground has been added in the International Area for children under seven.
  • Family Services – Courtesy carts for children are available at the information desks in the departures area. Priority queues are available for families with children; head to screening checkpoints “A” and “C.”


  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – see “Luggage Storage & Lockers” above.
  • Luggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Available free of charge in the baggage claim areas, passenger drop-off areas and the International jetty.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Available starting at $18/bag at two Safe Bag kiosks, located landside in the Departure zone, near Gates 2 (Hours: 1:00 PM – 8:00 PM) and 5 (Hours: 4:00 AM – 9:00 PM).


  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Debit cards are accepted at all ATMs. Please note that Bank of Montreal ATMs accept MasterCard, while Royal Bank ATMs accept Visa. Additionally, a Desjardins ATM accepts all Interac, Plus, Visa, Circus, and MasterCard cards. This is located on the Arrivals Level, near door 25. Foreign currency ATMs are in the international area (Euro available) and transborder zone (USD available). Fees may apply, so check your bank’s fee schedule and 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 offer services in accordance with flight schedules and are available in these locations:
    • Landside – Arrivals level • New Commercial Zone
    • Airside – Canadian Area, near Gates 47 and 49 • International Area, near Gates 53 • International Area, near Luggage Zone, United States Area, near Gate 76.

Pet Relief Area – Locations: Landside, Multi-Level Parking Lot • Landside, Arrivals Level, across Gate 25 • Airside, in front of Gates 47, 62, and 73.

Postal Services – Drop off your last-minute postcards at the airport’s Landside mailboxes. Stamps are available for purchase at the Maison de la Presse newsstands.

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

Shoe Shine – Walter’s Shoe Care. Locations: Airside, Transborder-Canada Area, near Gate 1 • Airside, United States Area, near Gate 76. Hours: 6:00 AM – 4:00 PM (Mon – Fri).

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 terminal. The 1 Minute shop may be handy for last-minute snack and drink needs. Location: Landside, International Arrivals. Hours: 7:15 AM – 10:00 PM.

SIM Cards – A reader tells us, “Chatr has pretty good SIM card deals; 10GB for C$55 + taxes (as of September 2022) and the data speed is great!” SIM cards are also available at the Fido booth. Both stores are located on the Arrivals level, near door 26.

Spa & Salon Services – Manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more are available at BALNEA Spa Voyage. Locations: Airside, Canadian Area, near Gate 1 • Airside, International Area, near Gate 53 • Airside, United States Area, near Gate 81.

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.
  • Entertainment Lounge – Gamers can enjoy 25+ games on Playstation consoles at Cyber Station. Rates: $9.99 (30 minutes) • $14.99 (1 hour) • $19.99 (unlimited) + tax. Snacks are available. Location: International Departures, Airside, Gate 53. Hours: 4:30 AM – 10:00 PM.
  • 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 on the airport’s southeast side.
  • Therapy Dogs – YUL’s Pet Squad consists of a squad of dogs that walk around the airport to help calm anxious travellers or bring a few moments of entertainment for waiting passengers.
Montreal Trudeau airport is served by the following airlines: Aegean Airlines • Aer Lingus • Aeroméxico • Air Algérie • Air Canada • Air China • Air Creebec • Air France • Air India • Air Inuit • Air New Zealand • Air Saint-Pierre • Air Transat • All Nippon Airways • American Airlines • Arajet • Asiana Airlines • Austrian Airlines • Avianca • Azores Airlines • British Airways • Brussels Airlines • Canadian North • Cathay Pacific • Copa Airlines • Corsair • Delta Air Lines • Egyptair • Emirates • Etihad Airways • EVA Air • Finnair • Flair Airlines • Icelandair • Ita Airways • Jet Airways • KLM • LOT • Lufthansa • Lynx Air • MEA • OWG • Pal Airlines • Porter Airlines • Qatar Airways • Royal Air Maroc • Royal Jordanian • Singapore Airlines • Sun Country Airlines • Sunwing Airlines • Swiss • TAP • Thai Airways • Tunisair • Turkish Airlines • United Airlines • WestJet.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


The 747 Express is a 24-hour city bus line between YUL airport and the central bus station, Gare d’autocars de Montréal – Berri UQAM metro station. The trip can take 45 – 70 minutes, depending on traffic. As of this update, a fare card is $11, good for 24 consecutive hours of unlimited travel on Montreal’s public bus and metro network. For more information, visit the STM website.

The 204 Cardinal is a city bus line between the airport and Dorval train station. The 209 bus runs between the airport and the Roxboro-Pierrefonds train station. Rates: $3.50. For more information, visit the STM (Societe de Transport de Montreal) website.

Car Rentals

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 • Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Many area hotels provide airport shuttle service: Aloft Montreal Airport   •   Comfort Inn Aeroport Dorval   •    Courtyard Montreal Airport  •  DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal Airport  •  Embassy Suites by Hilton Montreal Airport  •   Fairfield Inn & Suites Montreal Airport   •   Hilton Garden Inn Montreal/Dorval Airport   •   Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Montreal Airport   •  L’Auberge De L’Aeroport Inn Dorval  •   Quality Hotel Dorval Aeroport   •  Quality Inn & Suites P.E. Trudeau Airport  •  Radisson Hotel Montreal Airport  •  Residence Inn by Marriott Montreal Airport  •   Sheraton Montreal Airport Hotel.

There are three courtesy phones near door 8 on the Departures Level, where you can contact your hotel for pick-up.

See also Airport Hotels above.

Regional Shuttles

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

  • Orleans Express: Montreal-Trudeau > Ottawa, Montreal-Trudeau > Québec, Montreal-Trudeau >Trois-Rivières
  • Minibus: Montreal-Trudeau > Eastern Townships

Ride Apps

Uber rides pick-up from Door 20 or Door 28 on the Arrivals Level. A ride to the city centre will cost you approximately $40.

Taxi and Limousine Service

Taxis and limousines are available for hire at the Arrivals Level central exit. A dispatcher will be available to assist. As of this update, taxis charge according to the metre for all destinations except downtown, for which a flat rate is available ($48.40). Additional charges apply between 11:00 PM – 5:00 AM. Those interested in booking a limousine should head to door 24 and reserve their ride from there.


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.

Airport Photo Gallery

Related Pages: Montreal Airport Photos

Last updated: 2024-01-30

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, is 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 websites. 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: update the airport guide or  write a review.