Here's a couple of specific information about the metro :
- Metro lines : there are four metro lines, named usually by their color (rarely by their number). You can click here for an official and clickable map of the metro. The green line (number 1) is on an east-west axis, the end stations are Angrignon in the west and Honore-Beaugrand in the east; you will most likely use the stations between Berri-UQAM and Lionel-Groulx. The orange line (number 2) is shaped like a U starting at station Henri-Bourassa in the north and ending at station Cote-Vertu, the bottom of the U is located in the southern part of Montreal (the stations to go to Old Montreal are on the bottom part of the orange line's U). The green line crosses the orange line at Berri-UQAM and Lionel-Groulx stations. The yellow line (number 4) goes from Berri-UQAM through Ile Ste- Helene station (La Ronde, le parc des Iles and the Casino) and stop at Longueuil station (south shore). Finally the blue line (number 5) is also on an east-west axis but north of the green line, it starts at station Saint Michel in the east and ends up at station Snowdon in the west. The blue line crosses the orange line at stations Jean-Talon and Snowdon. You can change between the orange line and the green line (or the yellow line) at Berri-UQAM. You can also change between the orange line and the green line at station Lionel-Groulx. You can change between the blue line and the orange line at stations Jean-Talon or Snowdon.
- Service hours for the metro are :
- Green and orange lines : Sunday to Friday, 5:30am -
- Green and orange lines : Saturday, 5:30am - 1:00am
- Blue line : everyday from 5:30am to 11:00pm
- Yellow line : Sunday to Friday, 5:30am - 1:00am
- Yellow line : Sunday to Friday, 5:30am - 1:30am
- Ticket price : the ticket price is the same as for the buses.
- Transfers (aka correspondances) : the transfers work the same way as with the buses' transfer (except the one you get at metro stations are longer and have no holes in them, and you get them from automatic distributors near the turnstiles).
- Metros on the weekend : the metro trains are shorter on the blue line (6 cars instead of 9) so don't be surprised if there are gates at the end on stations that prevents you from going all the way to the end of the station.
- Bicycles on the metro trains : they are allowed in the end-cars of the train only and not during rush hours.
Metro station architecture and design : each station was designed by a different architect so each station is very different (some ugly but always different). One of the most interesting station is the Radisson station on the green line (east of Berri-UQAM), some describe it as the inside of a spaceship, I don't it's more insect-like. The newest stations are on the blue line, the Outremont station is one of the nicest on that line. I'll get more details soon.