IETF 102 - Montréal, Quebec, Canada

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Meeting Venue

Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Montréal, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montreal, QC H3B 4A5, Canada

The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Montréal has direct access to the Bonaventure Metro Station (on the Orange Line). There is a hotel entrance from the metro station. Please follow signage.

The hotel is located directly above Central Train Station (VIA Rail Canada). There is a hotel entrance from the train station. Please follow signage.

Airport Transportation

Various transportation to and from the venue and the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau (YUL) International Airport (Aéroport international Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau de Montréal):


Taxis to and from the IETF Meeting Venue are estimated to be about CAD$40 one way, higher at rush hour.


Pickups are on the upper level at door 6.

747 Express Bus

Featuring nine stops in each direction, the 747 bus service is provided by the City of Montreal 24 hours a day, 365 days a year transportation between downtown Montréal and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport. Tickets are purchased at the cost of $10 inside the terminal before boarding (there are several ticket machines, spread in the terminal, most travellers concentrate on the one near the exit, search the others). When returning a $10 bus fare is paid aboard the bus (coins only, bills are not accepted). Tickets provide travelers with a transit pass valid on the STM bus and metro network for 24 hours. Alternatively, you can purchase a three-day ($19) transit pass which also covers the 747 bus and have transit for the beginning of your time in Montreal. (A weekly pass is probably not advantageous to IETF travelers, because it runs Monday-Sunday, does not cover the 747 bus, and requires a $6 OPUS card first.)

Starting June 19, two route options are available to you from the airport.

Destination Terminus Lionel-Groulx

  • A single stop
  • Travel time from 25 to 35 minutes, depending on traffic

Destination Centre-ville (downtown)

  • 11 stops
  • Travel time from 45 to 70 minutes, depending on traffic
  • Stops at hotels on boul. René-Lévesque
  • Terminus stop at Berri-UQAM métro station

To reach your destination, we suggest to take the bus named Terminus métro Lionel-Groulx. The bus driver will let you off at Lionel-Groulx métro station, a transfer station equipped with an elevator. This way, you can go on to your hotel faster (roads and highways into the city sometimes experience heavy traffic).

For more information, visit the STM website.

Arrival Coordination

Arrival Coordination

Departure Coordination

Departure Coordination

Side Meetings

Reserve 12 person room Room: Barre Oblique

Reserve 40 person room Room: Square Dorchester

Remote Hubs

Remote participation is available individually or from a Remote participation Hub.

Remote Hubs

Hackathon and Code Lounge


Hackdemo Happy Hour Sign-up

Code Lounge The Code Lounge utilizes part of the IETF Lounge, Room: Parc A/B/C


The official languages of Canada are English and French; the official language of the province of Québec is French. In the 2011 Census, 94.4% of the population reported being able to speak French, and 47.3% reported being able to speak English.

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Public Transportation and Area Maps

Bus and Metro are covered by either OPUS ($6, good for four years) cards or l'Occasionelle cards (free, disposable), and different passes can be loaded on each. Find the full chart here

If you need public transit access the entire week, consider a combination of one- and three-day passes on l'Occasionelle cards.


Getting Around (to and from the Meeting Venue)

BIXI is Montreal's public bike share system. Pricing is $2.95/trip ($2.50 with an OPUS card), $5/day, or $25/10 trips. Each trips is up to 30 minutes and additional fees apply thereafter ($1.75 for the next 15 minutes, $3 every 15 minutes after that). Note that the day pass consists of as many one-way trips as you want, not unlimited usage, so these usage fees still apply. (However, the waiting time between trips is only one minute.) Bicycle helmets are strongly recommended, but not required. For more information, see BIXI


Running Trails:



AURA A luminous experience in the heart of the Basilica, very close to the conference.

MURAL Montreal hosts an extensive amount of public wall art. Although the Mural Festival will be over long before the IETF meeting starts, you can just use their map to walk around and look at the art on your own - it is all pretty much clustered together, close to downtown. There are plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafés around if you want to make a stop. Keep in mind that not all of these murals are lit at night, so daytime is best...

ATMs & Money Conversion

Currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar (CAD). It is abbreviated with the dollar sign $, or sometimes Can$ or C$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. About the Canadian Dollar. Please note: Canada no longer recognizes one cent coins (pennies) as currency. Coins are in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50 cents, as well as one dollar (loonie) and two dollars (toonie). Banknotes are in C$5, C$10, C$20, C$50 and C$100 bills, printed on a polymer substrate.

Self-Service Laundry

Electrical Plug / Outlet

Electric Plug and Outlet Information for Canada


Cellphones / Data

Sim2Fly - Asia Data Roaming for 13 countries

Rogers - Pay as you go

Public Mobile - no-contract prepaid plans using the Telus network. You can apparently buy the cards at Wal-mart, Wow!, or K-Mobile. I can't find the latter 2 close to the venue, but there's a Wal-mart at Côte-des-Neiges Métro station (and Bonaventure is near the Queen Elizabeth), so that would be a possibility.


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IGA 150 Saint-Catherine St W - has a nice section for gluten-free and other allergy friendly foods (and GF beer), as well as vegan. It's tucked away in the corner on the left as you are walking towards the checkout. Lots of prepared foods are available near the checkout. 15 minute walk.

Provigo 1275 Avenue des Canadiens-de-Montreal #200 Large market with a smaller beer/wine selection than IGA. Some prepared foods available. 5 minute walk.


Vargas 690 René Levesque W, Montreal, QC

Decca77 1077 Rue Drummond, Montréal, QC H3B 4X4

Vegetarian: Invitation V, 20 minute walk from the Fairmont

Espresso, Coffee, and Tea

Cafe Myriade - Dominion Square 1000 Sainte Catherine Street West, Montréal, Quebec

Tunnel Espresso Bar 1253 McGill? College Ave (Tunnel Level), Montréal, QC H3B, Canada

Van Houtte Cafe 2027 Metcalfe St, Montréal, QC H3A 3L4, Canada

Treats Coffee Emporium 1250 René-Lévesque Blvd W, Montréal, QC H3B 4W8, Canada

Hestia Tea 733 Rue Cathcart, Centre Eaton, Place Ville-Marie, Montréal, QC H3B 5L6, Canada


Current Weather Conditions, Montréal, Quebec, Canada



Post office

If you want to send postcards (strangely, there is no 1st-April RFC about IP over postcards), there is a post office on boulevard René-Levesque, just after the Fairmont (turn right when going outside of the hotel).

Last modified 5 years ago Last modified on 16/07/18 14:49:40