How to Explore Montreal On a Budget

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Montreal is a beautiful city with a unique personality. It’s also quite budget-friendly if you know where to look. Here are five tips for getting the most out of the city without breaking the bank.

Travel Smart

You can walk between Mont-Royal and the Old Port in around half an hour. If you do want to use public transport, a 72-hour travel card is your best option. You’ll be impressed by how much you save.


L’entropot is more commonly known as the “$5 restaurant.” You’ll get a full meal for just $5.75 and there are plenty of great options on the menu. There’s a great atmosphere inside so it’s the perfect place to eat out on a budget.

Check For Free Events

There’s almost always something happening in Montreal and often, the best activities are completely free. In summer, you can enjoy jazz, comedy and electronic music festivals without having to spend a dime.

Shop at the PA

If you are on a tight budget, avoid the IGA like the plague. There are three PA stores in the center of Montreal and you will get a lot more for your money than any other supermarket in the city.

Enjoy The Outdoors

Montreal is a city with many green places. Hiking up Mont-Royal won’t cost you a thing and it is a lovely way to spend an afternoon. If you head there on a Sunday in summer, you’ll be surrounded by people dancing to rhythmic drumming.