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Getting Around Old Montreal
The easiest way to get from downtown to Old Montréal is aboard the 515 city bus shuttle that provides a quick direct link to several sites in the Old City and Old Port. It runs from 7 am to midnight. You can also take the métro orange line to the Place-d'Armes and Square-Victoria stations, or you can walk, but the primary routes from downtown go through some drab and somewhat seedy, although not especially dangerous, areas. If you want the exercise, it's better to rent a Bixi bicycle at a downtown stand and drop it off at one in Old Montréal. Biking to Old Montréal is a breeze since it's all downhill, but the return trip downtown is a challenging work-out.
Taxis can whisk you here from downtown in about 10 minutes, but it can be hard to find one to take you back downtown late in the evening.
The best way to get around the Old City is on foot, but wear good shoes because some of the cobbled streets can be hard on the feet. A more romantic (and more costly) option is to hire a calèche from the stand on south side of Place-d'Armes for a horse-drawn tour of the district. Be aware that the city sets the fares—C$45 for 30 minutes and C$75 for an hour—and you shouldn't be asked for more.
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