Knowing Montreal Highways

Traveling around in Montreal is quite easy and you do not really need to use the highway. If you are in Toronto, you would be using the highway there to get around, because places are far off. Montreal is more compact and the use of highways is not really there. The only time you would be using the highway is when you are traveling at least twenty kilometers or more. An example would be traveling from West Island to Montreal. The trip from West Island to Montreal could be made through the local route, but it would take much longer. Fortunately for us Montrealers, we do not have toll roads for in-city traveling. Some other major cities like Toronto and Vancouver has tons of highways and toll roads, due to traffic congestion, but Montreal is fair off.

Let’s begin from the west end of the city and work ourselves to the east. Coming into Montreal from the west, you would be coming from Ontario. The highway 401, also known as the Highway of Heroes, is located in the Ontario region and it leads right up to Highway 20 and then it leads to Highway 40. The 40 is a major highway in Montreal, which extends from east to west with no sub-divisions. Starting off at the most west end, you would begin at Vaudreuil, and pass through Saint Anne de Bellevue, then through West Island (Sources and St-Jean) and right by Cote Vertu (Cavendish) and to the middle of the Decarie circle. The Decarie circle is a section of the highway network which connects the 40 with the 15. Highway 15 runs from north to south, and the southern part reaches downtown Montreal. Continuing on the 40, you will pass through Saint Laurent, Mont ?Royal, PX, Pie-IX, Anjou and reaches the outskirts of Montreal’s east end.

Starting from the most southern part of Autoroute 15, we begin at Île de Sœurs. Now, you should know that we are only focusing on the Montreal region. If we do not consider the Montreal area, we can also say that the southern part of the 15 reaches New York. Highway 15 has approximately seventeen exits in the Montreal sector, which ends in the North at exit 4, for Rue de Salaberry. The one struggle about the 15 is that you can not directly merge from the Decarie circle. In order to get onto the 15 North, you have to come right down to the Decarie circle, and take 40 East, and take exit 70 (Saint Jerome/Laval/Autoroute 15). It is quite confusing, but just a few trips will give you the memory you need. The entire highway 15 strip is about 164 kilometers.

The last highway we will look through is the Ville Marie Expressway also known as Autoroute 720. It covers the downtown district of Montreal. You can merge onto the 720 right from the 15. There are six major exits on the 720, which makes it one of the shortest expressways in Montreal at only 8.6KM in length.