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Appreciate advice...asap.

Last minute impulse and decided wanted to visit next week. Coming from Miami Fl. and thought of staying for 4 days in Montreal and then visiting Quebec for three days or so to experience the whole flavor, without overly rushing. My thinking was to take the train from Montreal to Quebec and then fly from there back to Miami but it appears that I can't do that direct. Just thought it was wasting time by taking the train back to Montreal for the flight home? Any help with this as I might have missed something.

My choice of Hotels in Montreal was Le Saint Sulpice, looks charming and they have a terrace attached to the rooms where we could smoke. The other was Hotel Le St. James which I believe is top end.

In Quebec, Auberge Saint Antoine also looked cosy and upscale without being pretentious. Lastly, have to get to the fashion/garment area around Rue Chabanel Quest which looking at Google maps is about 25 minutes away by car. Does the Metro go to that area?

Thx in advance for your comments and help.

p.s. oh and I nearly forgot and forgive the possibly stupid question but I haven't seen this mentioned, but do stores, restaurants, etc accept US dollars or should i exchange for Can $.

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Le St Sulpice is nice. Yes you must exchange for Canadian currency!

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They do take USD but you get a bad rate. It is easier/cheaper to get Canadian dollars. Also your choice seems to be train back or transfer flights, I would do whichever is shorter.

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Hi SelectHotels,

Welcome to the MONTREAL TRAVEL FORUM.

Yup, you pretty much have to come back to Montreal from Quebec City... QC although the Provincial Capital... isn't a really big city at all only about 700,000 people (Montreal more than 3 Million).

Train is more comfortable than the Bus (ride takes about 3 Hours each way) BUT the bus does run a lot more often and generally speaking is cheaper... train works like a plane... earlier you book in advance cheaper the prices.

Yes you will need to get "some" Canadian Currency... pretty easy to do... just use an ATM and out comes Canadian Cash... conversion is done all behind the scenes and at a much better rate than going thru any other method of exchange... infact Plastic (Cards in an ATM, or Credit Cards for large purchases) is the way to go... you will need some coin though, as American coins are a different metal composition and our machines (Vending etc) spit them out thinking they are tokens etc.

You should read thru this CANADA - TRAVELLER ARTICLE entitled *Banks & Money* to totally get the info you need = tripadvisor.com/Travel-g153339-s601/Canada:B…

Hope this is helpful,

Cheers!

Wine-4-2

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you can consider catching a flight out of Qubec City and connecting in the US. Out of the Jean Leage Quebec airport, you have Continental, Delta and United flying to NYC (Newark) , Detroit, Chicago and Washington. However, I do not think they have US customs pre-clearence such as Montreal or Toronto, so you wil have to factor this into your connecting time.

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Agree with much of the advice already given. As for flying out of Quebec City, I agree, look at Porter Airlines which does have flights into the States, and then reconnect to Miami.

Le Saint Sulpice is very nice and highly rated here.

Also concurr with Auberge Saint Antoine which has an award winning restaurant, Panache.

Finally, yes get some Canadian currency for cabs, tipping, smal purchases, etc.

Enjoy!!

JDP

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Thx very much for all the info from everyone here..appreciate it.

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The metro does not technically go to Chabanel street but you can transfer and take a bus. In order to get there you would need to take the orange line to Cremazie station, and then take bus 146. I've done it before and it took about 40 mins so its much longer then driving, but doable.

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Thx so much........what would a taxi cost from old Montreal to Chabanel?

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I love spur of the moment travel. Done it myself so often. But I am a weirdo, a guy that read bookguides like other read novels. So I usually end up with a plan A and a plan B set up in a few hours and Tripadvisor can be of great help for that. Look at all the replys that you got already. So not everybody is like me but using this site (don't forget all the other features, reviews articles, things to do, etc) will certainly jumpstart your travel planning.

I will also suggest that you fly back from Qc with a transfer somewhere in the US. Let's just do a bit of math: backtracking to Mtl will take you 3 1/2 hours, then the drive from Latin Quarter where the bus terminal is located to the airport is a good 20 mins by cab and same by the new 747 bus in slow traffic time but can easily go up to 40. Then not only you have to arrive quite long in advance for all the new security clearances but also because of the already mentioned US customs pre-clearance. So it can add up to quite a bit, much more than having a smooth cab ride to the airport in Qc and getting a good connection in Northeastern US.

Transportation between Mtl and Qc. If you decide that you want to be free to leave at anytime during your last day in Mtl then the bus is great. And make no assumption on what Greyhound is in Miami (took it a few times, thought that I was in a poor latino country) it is used by undreds of civil servants that have to commute between the two cities. This service is as quick as the train (3.15 hrs) is available every hour on the hour without reservations and the buses are fairly new and clean. And your entrance in Qc will be as good as the train since they share terminal at historical Gare du Palais.

But if you don't mind of having a set time to leave then the train is a better option and, again, this has nothing to do with the Amtrack service in Florida; more like the Metroliner between Boston and Washington DC but a bit slower. Very good seats, ample leg room, internet connexion, etc. If money is not a problem then first class, called Via 1, is a really good option if you travel during mealtime. Nice service, hot towels, drinks, meals airplane style (no dining car) with tasty food plus, at night, chocolates and cordials.

The exchange currency problem. Preposterous in Mtl, at the moment you will be able to use your US $ almost everywhere at par which is about the same as paying exchange rate and fees. But I do suggest that you make ONE ATM withdrawal based on your budget. Remember that fees imposed are by transaction and not %. Also use ATMs only in banks or Caisse Populaire (coop bank) never at the airport, in bars or in dépanneurs (convenience stores) they have ludicrous users fees and they might limit withrawal at $200. But yes you will need some change, particularly considering that we don't ues paper $1 or $2 bills anymore but hard coins in those denominations.

Taxi rates in Mtl have increased since the last time a took one for a ride a bit like Old Mtl to Chabanel but I think that it should set you up to something in the $10 to $ 12 range. I should also mention that from the airport to downtown, Old Mtl and Latin Quarter, cabs have a flat fee of $38. The new 747 bus shuttle goes from the Latin Quarter terminal to the airport with a few stops in downtown. It cost $7 but that is for a bus pass that will allow you free use of the whole transit system for day of arrival. Again nothing like Miami. Our metro is underground and the service can be at every 3 minutes during rush hour, max 10 at slower time. It is fast, secure and clean.

Finally hotels yes Le Saint-Sulpice will be a great place for you and Le Saint-James pure luxury but a bit more haughty.

In Qc if you are looking for the same kind of accomodation Auberge Saint-Antoine is great but if it is your first visit to the city I cannot refrain myself from suggesting Fairmont Château Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world. The best location in town, the best views and great service, gourmet restaurant that is not in your usual hotel dining room, direct access to Terrasse Dufferin, etc. Plus if you join Frirmont President Club you will get nice perks and, at this time of the year may be upgrades.

Writing about this time of the year, it just hit me that at the time of your planned visit you could be better off with 3 days in Mtl and 4 in Qc. Our weather is totally weird, we had the warmest winter ever and a very early 9for us) spring but now the temperature has dropped way below normal. So Mtl has many great outdoor activities like jet boating, taking the ferry and walking trough the gardens at Jean-Drapeau park to reach the Casino, Jean-Talon market; the Botanical Garden that could swallow almost a whole day. But mid-May...? In Qc you can walk endlessy in the Old City in any kind of weather. There are also many more tourist attractions and nearby outings possible.

I will wait for your feedback.

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Thx so much for your great report. Yes, I checked the weather and it doesn't look good, particularly for someone who finds anything below 70 degrees cold!! Unfortunately, I already booked the trip. This Sunday returning Friday from Montreal. It just was too complicated returning from QC and I used miles with AA for business class and they don't fly from QC. It's partly a business trip anyway as I have to be in the garment district for at least 2 days but did so much want to visit Quebec and realize whats involved in getting there and getting back with time constraints. Have opted for St. Sulpice Hotel and just hope that it's not to cold for us for walking around and seeing a bit of Montreal. If there is a way to get to Quebec and we feel inclined, I will certainly do this.

Will let you know with a trip report on our return