Up until a few years ago, Montrealers didn’t have all that many options when it came to booking a direct flight from Montreal: Paris, London, and a handful of American cities. Gone are those days. Montreal Trudeau has become one of North America’s major airports, with airlines adding new service every week or so, it seems.
Aéroports de Montréal has a full list of destinations that are accessible by direct flight – here is a selection of my own personal favourites.
Where Can You Go With A Direct Flight From Montreal In 2016?
This is probably the one I’m happiest about. You guys know how much I love Iceland – and the fact that I can now reach my favourite country on the planet (yes, I know that is a bold statement but I stand by it) in a mere five-hour flight makes me giddy with excitement. If you’re lucky you might even get planes with aurora lighting effects! Moreover,
Moreover, Icelandair is one of the few remaining airlines to offer two checked luggage for free. And if you’re not sure about Iceland, why not consider a stopover? Icelandair offers up to seven nights in Iceland at no extra cost.
- 29 photos that prove Iceland is the most amazing place in the world
- Do’s and dont’s of an Iceland road trip
- South Iceland road trip: my 7-day itinerary
- Facing the notoriously cold Icelandic waters – snorkelling in Silfra
- 48 hours in Reykjavik
Did you know that Lyon is France’s culinary capital? With the commanding presence of celebrated chef Paul Bocuse (whose affordable Brasserie Sud I absolutely love), Lyon became the foodie and cultural city of France, well before Paris. Located at the strategic confluence of the Rhône and the Saône Rivers, Lyon is surrounded by water and history; there’s even a Roman amphitheatre dating back from 43 BC. I visited Lyon dozens of times while I was living in nearby Clermont-Ferrand and I couldn’t get enough.
Granted, I only spent a day and a half in Budapest but it was enough to convince me I need to go back, preferably in the summer when the weather is not as cold nor foggy! The Hungarian capital has a complex and fascinating history, which is complemented by extravagant architecture. Truly, a highlight of Eastern Europe, just a few hours away with Air Transat.
Although Casablanca itself left me feeling uneasy, it is the gateway to the rest of the country and, as such, the direct flight from Montreal to Casablanca with Air Canada is well worth considering. Morocco is a wonderful, safe, fascinating country with impossibly photogenic scenery. It was the first non-European country I visited and culture shock was something I feared would taint my experience – but the truth is, I couldn’t have gotten a more positive trip.
- Fes: 5 highlights for first-time visitors
- Volubilis: the best Roman ruins of Morocco?
- The blues of Chefchaouen
On the other hand, I really don’t feel like I need to visit Las Vegas again. Mind you, I’m very happy to have seen it; the sheer opulence and over-the-top-ness of Las Vegas both need to be experienced once in a lifetime. There truly is nowhere else like Vegas, I’ll say that. Air Canada flies direct to Las Vegas several times weekly.
- A foodie’s guide to the Las Vegas Strip
- Adventures in Las Vegas’ backyard: Red Rock Canyon
- My first weekend in Vegas: 6 things I did that don’t involve gambling
Oh Switzerland ♥ I was lucky enough to visit twice last year with SWISS’ direct route to Zurich (business class, at that!) and I fell in love. I mean, it’s hard not to: from the cheese fondue to the crystal-clear waters, to the punctual trains to the fresh mountain air… it’s hard to say no to Switzerland. The country really isn’t that large, making it easy to go on day trips and explore several regions during a single trip.
- Lucerne and Rigi: Switzerland in a nutshell
- My grand tour of Switzerland: 6 stops I recommend
- 48 hours in Zurich
Direct Flight From Montreal In 2016 – Additional Suggestions
Amman, Jordan (Royal Jordanian)
Antigua, Antigua (Air Canada)
Bordeaux, France (Air Transat)
Bridgetown, Barbados (Air Canada)
Cartagena, Colombia (Air Transat)
Chicago, USA (Air Canada)
Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (Air Canada)
Doha, Qatar (Qatar Airways)
Dublin (Air Transat)
Fort-de-France, Martinique (Air Canada)
Geneva, Switzerland (Air Canada)
Glasgow, Scotland (Air Transat)
Lisbon (Air Transat)
Los Angeles, USA (Air Canada)
Mexico City, Mexico (Aeromexico)
Miami, USA (Air Canada)
Nassau, Bahamas (Air Canada)
Panama City, Panama (Air Transat)
Prague, Czech Republic (Air Transat)
Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (Air Canada)
Roatan, Honduras (Air Transat)
San Francisco, USA (Air Canada)
St. John’s, Newfoundland (Air Canada)
Washington (Air Canada)