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Transportation Inside Montreal During the Formula 1 GP: Exploring Your Options

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Get all the insider tips and tricks on transportation inside Montreal during the Canadian grand prix

Navigating Montreal during the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend can be both exciting and challenging. With various transportation options available, it's essential to know the most convenient ways to move around the city and reach Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. In this detailed guide, we will discuss different transportation options, including the metro, ferry, buses, taxis, rideshares, and bikes.

Transportation map for Montreal


The most popular way to reach the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, located within Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Notre-Dame, is by taking the metro. The closest station, Jean Drapeau, is on the Yellow line, just one stop from Berri-UQAM, the main interchange station in downtown Montreal. While the metro can be crowded during race weekend, it is an efficient and safe option. To save time, buy your tickets in advance. Single-trip tickets cost $3.50 CAD, but you can also opt for 24-hour, weekend, or 3-day passes for better value. For more information about metro fares, click here.


An alternative to the metro is the ferry service from Montreal's Old Port to Île Ste-Hélène, the island adjacent to the circuit. The trip is quick, with a one-way fare of $5.50 CAD. The ferry service generally runs once an hour, however there's a special schedule for race weekend and it's generally less crowded than the metro, offering a more relaxed and scenic journey to the circuit. For more information about the ferry service, click here.


Montreal Bus

Another convenient option to reach the track is by taking the 167 bus from the Jean Drapeau metro station. This bus route takes you to the casino, which is closer to the Main Grandstand and Grandstands 11/12. The bus is a suitable choice if you prefer not to walk from the metro station to the circuit.

Taxi & Rideshares

Taxis and rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are readily available in Montreal. However, we won’t recommend going to the track using a car as it is difficult to navigate. Keep in mind that traffic can be heavy during the Grand Prix weekend, and these options may be more expensive due to high demand. Plan accordingly to avoid delays and unexpected costs.


For those who enjoy cycling, Montreal has an extensive network of bike paths. The city also offers a bike-sharing service called BIXI, with stations located throughout Montreal. Biking to the circuit can be a fun and environmentally friendly way to explore the city while avoiding traffic during the race weekend.

In conclusion, Montreal offers a variety of transportation options for the Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend. Whether you prefer the efficiency of the metro, the scenic ferry ride, or the convenience of buses, taxis, rideshares, or bikes, there's a mode of transportation to suit everyone's preferences. Plan ahead, and enjoy the thrilling experience of the Canadian Grand Prix!

Looking for more on the Canadian Grand Prix?

If you’re attending the Canadian GP now or in the future, we highly recommend starting with our “Know Before You Go” discussion for all the insider tips and tricks you need to maximize your experience.

When you’re finished, jump into the Grand Prix Travel community on FanAmp and Reddit to ask questions, and be sure to visit our trusted partner, F1Destinations, for an in-depth analysis of every Grand Prix on the calendar.

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