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Few cities can claim to be as distinctive as Montreal; fiercely proud of its French language and culture, but still buzzing with an exciting mix of nationalities. It’s a city of 4 million people with a mountain (and ski slope) slap-bang in the middle of it. Its Old Town dates back 4 centuries and rubs shoulders with surreal post-modern architecture. And best of all, Montreal is a city of cultural riches that are happily accessible to all—no matter what the budget.

Things to see in Montreal

Old Town is pretty much a destination in itself, thanks to its cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages. But this district's most fabulous spot has to be the Place d'Armes, overlooked by the beautiful Notre-Dame Basilica. Most museums and galleries in Montreal are free, and even temporary exhibitions are sometimes half-price. Check out the art collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, one of biggest in North America. The Quebec capital is also famed for its free festivals—from comedy to jazz to winter high-jinx—centered on downtown's cultural hot-spot, the Place des Arts. Less upmarket but more buzzing is the Plateau Mont-Royal district. With its inexpensive bistros, shops and nightspots—and a distinctly Francophone vibe—this is a great place to get down with Montreal's joie de vivre. And for a break from the bustle, there's always 'le mont'. Mont-Royal offers bike rides, hiking, parks and unparalleled views from its 800-foot high summit.

Cheap hotels in Montreal

With its venerable town center and many historic districts, there's no shortage of small budget hotels and cheap bed and breakfasts in Montreal. Here you can enjoy free home-cooked breakfasts, affordable meals in nearby bistros and accommodation with plenty of character. This city has a long history of welcoming visitors. So expect service with a smile from Montreal discount hotels (rather than a Gallic shrug). And while French is the language of choice, most Montréalais speak English. No wonder they say that economy hotels in Montreal open a window onto European culture—without the language hassles, or the cost.

Where to stay in Montreal

The charming streets of the Old Town are great locations for economy hotels in Montreal, especially if you're happy to stay in a hostel. But the most affordable accommodation is in the Latin Quarter, especially in the Gay Village. Some places here are focused on the gay community, but most are open to all. This area is where most of the best value hotels in Montreal can be found. You're also close to the heart of the city here. Le Plateau-Mon-Royal is another district to consider. Here you’ll find some of the city's best bars and clubs. You can also find cheap hotels in Montreal's Shaughnessy Village, near the Centre Bell ice hockey stadium.

How to get to Montreal

If you're planning to travel to Montreal by car, Ottawa is 2 hours away, Toronto 4, and Boston around 5 hours. Rail travel is an inexpensive option for those with the time, from the cities already mentioned and also from New York and Washington. If you are flying in you will arrive at the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport. From here, a shuttle bus will get you into central Montreal in 20-30 minutes, where you'll need to transfer to a local bus or the metro. Once in town, you'll find walking is one the simplest (and cheapest) ways of seeing the sights.

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