Montreal Pierre Elliott Airport Car Rental

Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Background…

Air traffic in Montréal started back in 1927 with the Saint-Hubert Airport. However, about thirteen years later the aviation industry had grown so expansive that the city found itself needing a new airport. So in 1940 the Minister of Transport bought Dorval Race Track and started construction of the new airport. The airport was constructed by 1941 and made into Royal Canadian Air Force Station Lachine due to the looming World War. About a year after the war’s official end, the airport was already servicing more than a quarter of a million passengers each year. This number quickly grew as the area began to flourish in the decades to come.

In 1960 the airport was renamed Montréal-Dorval International Airport. That same year construction on a thirty million dollar terminal, one of the biggest in the world at the time, began. The airport has seen increasing passenger numbers almost every year since its construction and continues to do so. The name was changed to what it is today in 2004 and the airport currently services more than thirteen million passengers each year.

Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport Car Rentals…

All eight of the largest internationally renowned car rental companies offer their services to the passengers at Montréal International every day of the year. They can be found on the ground floor of the parking garage located just in front of the terminal. For those who may not know, the eight main international rental companies are Avis, Budget, Alamo, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty, and Dollar.

To get to the parking garages, simply walk right out of the ground level at the terminal.  The multi-story car parking garage will be right there.  Covered walkways are there for your convenience.   The counters will be found on the ground level of the parking building and vehicles are stored inside the garage as well.  Follow signs to get out.

It’s important that you take into account that the official language in Montréal is French. If you don’t speak French you will be able to find a translator or someone at the rental counter who can speak English and possibly even a few other languages. Worst case scenario, if you can’t be understood visit the Customs office and try to find a translator who can assist you.

Pierre Elliott Airport Directions to Downtown Montreal…

To get to the heart of Montréal from the airport you’ll have to start by taking Romeo Vachon out of the airport and onto Autoroute 520. You’ll quickly come across (within a km or two) a large roundabout where you’ll want to take the third exit and start to follow Boulevard Montréal Toronto – the overhead green signs are very helpful – follow the one that says Montreal Centre Ville). After taking that exit, follow the road until you’re able to take a left onto Autoroute 20 E and continue along the highway even as it turns into Autoroute 720 E. Be on the lookout for exit 6 and merge onto Rue Saint Antoine E when you get a chance. Turn right onto Rue Bonsecours, then quickly make another right onto Rue Notre-Dame E and you’ll find yourself in the heart of Montréal.

Pierre Elliott Airport Car Rental Return…

Simply remember that your rental car should be returned to the parking garage from which you originally picked it up.  Signs are well-posted and are easily read (in fact, most are in English and French languages as well).  Getting back from the city isn’t too awfully difficult.  Simply reverse the above directions and you’ll be fine.

You’re in the second largest city in Canada and the fifteenth largest city in the North American continent. If you can’t find a gas station to refuel at on your way back to the airport, you’re simply not trying to find one. The closest gas stations can all be found along Autoroute 520 just outside the airport grounds. If not of those appeal to you there are plenty of other gas stations in the area, simply pick one relatively close to the airport and get back with a full tank of gas. The rental car companies at the airport aren’t very tolerant of people who don’t follow the full-full fuel policy and will charge you accordingly.

Hotels Near the Montreal Pierre Elliott Airport…

There are several hotels within shuttle distance of the airport.  In fact, we have compiled a list of hotels that do in fact offer shuttle services to and from the airport.  We have compiled the list along with a link to the Tripadvisor site for further reviews.

aloft Montréal airport
Comfort Inn Pointe-Claire
Crowne Plaza Montréal Aéroport
Days Inn
Hampton Inn & Suites Montréal-Dorval
Hilton Garden Inn Montréal/Dorval Aéroport
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Montreal Airport
Holiday Inn Montreal Airport
Holiday Inn Pointe-Claire
Hôtel Econolodge
Hôtel International-Best Western
Marriott Courtyard Aéroport de Montréal
Marriott Residence Inn Aéroport de Montréal
Novotel Montréal Aéroport Hôtel
Park Inn and Suites
Quality Hotel Dorval
Quality Suites Pointe-Claire
Rodeway Inn Airport
Sheraton Montréal Aéroport Hotel
Travelodge Dorval

Other Airport Amenities…

It would probably be faster to tell you all the things the airport doesn’t have, but I really can’t think of anything on that list that wouldn’t be an absurd answer. Whether you’re looking to grab a bite to eat, relax and surf the web for free, or simply wish to do a little window shopping while you wait for your plane, Montréal International Airport has it all.

Other Car Rental Options at Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport…

You may have missed the number before so allow me to reiterate. THIRTEEN MILLION people fly through the airport each year. Even with one of the largest rental pools on the planet, the airport struggles to keep up with all the rental requests. If you want a rental car, I suggest you reserve yours as quickly as you possibly can.

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