Inter-city travel (car rentals, car pooling, inter city buses, trains)
HEC is easy to get to by public transit.
When you take the bus, you will need either a ticket or exact change for your fare. A paid bus or metro fare entitles you to a bus-to-metro or metro-to-bus transfer that is valid for 2 hours. A bus/metro ticket gives you access to the metro only once, but you can transfer between buses several times.
You can also refer to the STM’s paratransit service.
Summarty table - public transit (PDF – 156 Ko - in French only)
IMPORTANT: Technological issue on certain smartphone platforms are preventing some students from accessing the mandatory OPUS card attestation on HEC en ligne. There are two options:
- Print your OPUS card attestation at home or at a School's computer lab and present it to the STM.
- Make sure the pop-up blocking feature is disabled on your smartphone before you go to the STM.
Please note that printing will not be available at the Office of the Registrar or the Student Services.
The OPUS card is the electronic card used for public transit in the Greater Montréal area.
NEW - Effective September 1, 2017, all full-time students* residing on the Island of Montreal and attending an institution recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MEES), will be entitled to the student fee, regardless of age.
*Full-time is equivalent to 12 credits for the B.B.A., the graduate diplomas, the certificates and to 9 credits for the M.Sc programs.
To obtain the OPUS card, you must have the following documents:
Electronic OPUS card attestation (on HEC en ligne).
Proof of age with photo (driver's license, health insurance card, student card including date of birth or passport).
$15 (STM photo studio) or $14 (at HEC Montréal) in cash, exact change.
The photographer checks the authenticity of your documents, takes your photo and collects your payment. Your OPUS card is delivered to you on site. For more information: STM
Tour of the STM at HEC Montréal:
A tour of the STM is held at HEC Montréal for students wishing to obtain the OPUS card at the student rate.
|Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Côte-Sainte-Catherine Building, Manuvie Room (1st Floor - Blue Section)|
To obtain the OPUS card, follow the procedures specific to your public transit in the Greater Montréal area.
For the convenience of cyclists and to encourage green transportation, HEC Montréal has installed a number of bike racks along the perimeter of its two buildings.
Learn all about cycling in Montreal:
The bike racks are located in the indoor parking complex (accessible from Côte-Sainte-Catherine) and along the laneway between HEC Montréal and the Université de Montréal’s Faculty of Urban Planning (Aménagement) building.
The bike racks are located alongside the building on Jean-Brillant Avenue. Note that a large number of other racks are available at Université de Montréal, located at 3200 Jean-Brillant Avenue.
Learn all about cycling in Montreal: Vélo Quebec
BIXI is a public bike system which is available 24/7, from May until November. In order to take advantage of this service, you must adhere to an annual, monthly or daily subscription. Numerous BIXI stations can be found on the island of Montreal, mainly concentrated in the downtown and Plateau area. Four BIXI stations are found on the HEC Montréal campus:
For a detailed map of all available stations, click here.
Even though public transit, cycling and walking are the most environment-friendly ways of getting to HEC Montréal, for those times when you need to come by car, HEC Montréal has a 450-spot indoor parking lot in the Côte-Sainte-Catherine Building.
More information on parking lot opening hours and rates on the Coop HEC Montréal's website (in French only).
Taking a cab is both safe and inexpensive!
Calulate how much your ride will cost you with this Montreal Taxi Fare Finder.
* You might need a visa to cross the US border. Don’t forget to ask about the regulations applying to your nationality. Be careful: a visa may take weeks to be issued!
Impossible under 21 years of age and a daily surcharge is applicable if you are under 25. A credit card and a driver’s license with over 1 year of experience are required. Beware of the daily insurance rates on price per km travelled.
Safety tip: In Winter, before you leave, check the road conditions at : 514 873-4121 (November 1st to April 19th).
To drive with your international driver's license:
Once you become permanent resident:
Allo-stop: Long-distance car sharing service. Economical and green.
In North America, forget trains, buses offer a lot more flexibility! Many companies offer daily service within Canada and to the USA. The bus terminal is at Métro Berri-UQAM and is the departure and arrival point for most lines.
The train network is not as well developed as in Europe and is much slower. Montreal-New York is 11 hours by train but only 7 hours by car. Nevertheless it may be an interesting option (e.g. winter conditions). VIA Rail offers service within Canada while AmTrak operates out of Montreal to the USA. Students with an ISIC card get discounts of up to 35%.
Central Train Station