MTL Blog is here to let anyone planning on coming to Montreal in on some tourist hacks. If you're planning on taking a trip to this city in the near future, there are a few basic things you need to be aware of right off the bat. First, don't visit in February unless you like cold and snow. Pack an umbrella in April and a bikini in July. Also, don't drive. Seriously - don't do it. 

Saving money where you can is an important part of any vacation. Montreal, though praised for being affordable, is still like any other major city with $6 lattes and $25 artisanal pizzas the size of a toonie. 

Over the course of a Montreal vacation, it all adds up really quickly. And you haven't even gone to any attractions yet! Once you come out of your food coma, you're gonna want to burn off those smoked meat sweats somewhere, right? 

Prepare to spend around $120 if you want decent seats to a Cirque du Soliel show. Add another zero to that number if you want to bring the family to a Habs game. Something more low-key like a walk through a museum exhibit will set you back $25 or more if you bring the family. 

Clearly, it's easy to be a spendthrift in Montreal. Lucky for you, we here at MTL Blog have come up with five money-saving hacks to help you save money on your next vacation!

Use Public Transit As Much As Possible 

Montreal has an incredibly reliable public transit system. The STM operates all day long, starting at 5:30 a.m., with night buses going 'til the wee hours of the morning. There are only four metro lines you need to worry about. A one-week pass will run you $26.75. 

Metros close between 12:30 and 1 a.m. during the week and between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m on weekends. Check ahead, because each line has different times. 

Because of how efficient the metro and bus system is, you really won't need your car. If you're driving into the city, leave your car at the hotel and explore by foot or public transit - it's the best way to experience everything Montreal has to offer!

Plan Your Food & Drink Budget Ahead Of Time 

The last thing you want is to be standing on a crowded corner on Blvd St-Laurent, trying to find a reliable Wi-Fi network to Google where to eat. Plan ahead and make yourself a list of restaurants and bars you want to visit - or check out one of ours!

Montreal is home to literally thousands of bars and restaurants and for every five-star review, there are three one-star reviews. If your first poutine is disappointing, you'll never forgive us and won't come back. 

There are plenty of options for all budgets, large or small! If you smartly plan and budget ahead, you won't be stuck with a nasty surprise.

Get Yourself a PasseportMTL 

Many large cities you visit might have some form of this offer but Montreal arguably has the best bang-for-your-buck. With options to get a two or three-day card, including FREE public transit, the PasseportMTL is one of the best investments you can make. 

It's perfect for the short-term traveller because, for only $113 (plus tax) for a three-day card, you can visit 28 attractions and have unlimited public transportation. 

PasseportMTL gives you access to some of the most popular attractions including the Biosphere, the Montreal Botanical Gardens, Saint-Joseph's Oratory, and so much more!

Here In The Summer? Hop On A Bike! 

Summer in Montreal is the perfect time to ride a bike and take in the sights in a unique way. With over 350-kilometres of bike paths around the city, you can hypothetically tour the entire city by bike. We aren't known as one of the most bike-friendly cities in North America for nothing! 

Before you stress about bringing your personal bike on a plane or on a car, relax, breathe, and know that Montreal has plenty of bike rental options available - often for a very low price. 

BIXI is the city's most popular and most affordable bike-sharing service, costs less than $3 for a half-hour ride and only costs $15 for three-day unlimited access. If you want to ride something a little faster, renting a bike will run you roughly $25 - $45 per day.

Look For Free Events - They're Usually Better Than Paid Ones

Montreal is festival central at any given time throughout the year. Often, large festivals will feature smaller, free events that you can take advantage of. The Montreal Jazz Fest, for example, puts on a series of free shows in June, with names like Arcade Fire, Anderson Paak, and the Beach Boys making past appearances. 

We recommend that you consult Facebook events or check out our website for free events like museum days, reggae parties, food festivals, and more. 

You can save a ton of cash if you plan your trip around free events! Take our advice and splurge on that fancy hotel or Airbnb. 

There are plenty of ways to save money on your next vacation in Montreal if you really look hard. Our advice should be a good starting point for you to plan your trip. 

Make sure to check back with us on MTL Blog for updates on events, restaurants, and attractions before making your way here. 

Enjoy your vacation and we hope you fall in love with Montreal!

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