The Libre Graphics Meeting 2009 will take place at the the École Polytechnique in Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Montréal is truly an international city. There are many ways to get to Montréal. The city is served by an airport 20 minutes from downtown with non-stop or one-stop flights from almost every major city in the world. There is also easy access via major highways from the US and other Canadian provinces. As we wish to make this a "Carbon Neutral" even we encourage the use of public transport where possible.

Getting there

Visiting Canada

Canada is asking people from many countries to have a valid visa to visit. Please check here if you need a visa to get to Canada Canada's website EN or Site web du Canada FR.

If you need an invitation letter from the LGM organisation to get your visa, please contact the Louis Desjardins (louis.desjardins at directly.

Please plan ahead. It can take time to get your travelling documents ready. We have no control over the delivery of Canadian visa.

By Air

Montréal-Trudeau International Airport YUL (list of airlines serving Montréal)

Getting to LGM from the airport with the shuttle

L'Aérobus is the shuttle service from Montréal - Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport to the Montréal Central Bus Station (Berri Terminal).

Tickets for L'Aérobus are on sale at the Airport ticket kiosk.

The Montréal Central Bus Station has direct access to Montréal métro (our subway), station Berri-UQAM.
See map of métro.

We suggest you buy your public transport tickets or pass at Berri-UQAM. You'll save money and time. Consider taking advantage of the pass options (weekly or monthly) as they allow unlimited use of the buses and métro for the period. Ask for this at the kiosk, there is one in each métro station. Not at the airport, though (Montreal Public Transport Fares).

On your way to LGM

People travelling by plane will most likely do the following:

  1. Take the shuttle to downtown Montréal. 40-45 min
  2. Disembark at the Bus Terminal and walk down to métro level. Buy your ticket or pass. (See Fares): 5 min
  3. Take the métro to station Laurier (direction Montmorency on the Orange Line). 8 min
  4. Wait for the bus around 5-10 min
  5. Take the bus 51 to LGM : get off at corner Edouard-Montpetit/Stirling. 20 min
  6. Cross the street and walk to the residence and check in. 5 min
  7. Get in your room. 2 min
  8. Relax! Unpack. Take a shower. Connect your laptop. Say hello to your friends!

From the airport to your room, about 90 minutes.

On your way back home

  1. Relax! Take a shower. Say goodbye to your friends. Disconnect your laptop. Pack.
  2. Go down, uncheck and leave your key. 5 min
  3. Take bus 51 (don't cross the street!) to station Laurier. 20 min
  4. Wait for the métro. 5 min
  5. Take the métro to Berri-UQAM (direction Côte-Vertu) 8 min
  6. Buy your shuttle ticket up the stairs in the Bus Station. 10 min
  7. Take the shuttle to the airport. 40-45 min
  8. Disembark at the airport and say goodbye to Montréal!

From your room to the airport, about 90 minutes.

Getting to LGM from the airport by taxi

The taxi ride will mostly depend on the time you arrive. It can be from 25 minutes outside rush hours, and 1 hour or even a bit more between approx. 3:00 PM and 6:00 PM. There is a Flat Rate.

Tip: you can gather with other passengers and share the price of the taxi.


Bus terminus: Station centrale d'autobus Montréal

Downtown Montreal
505 boul. de Maisonneuve Est
Phone: +1-514-842-2281
The terminus is connected to métro Berri-UQAM


Gare centrale (Central Train Station)

895, de la Gauchetière ouest,

The Gare centrale is located downtown near metro Bonaventure and metro McGill.


Many highways lead to Montréal. From Maine, Vermont, New York, Ontario, the Maritimes, access to the city are numerous.

Parking is available at Polytechnique and at the Student Residences. More info to be posted later on cost and availabily.

The venue

École Polytechnique de Montréal
2900, boul. Édouard-Montpetit
Campus de l'Université de Montréal
2500, chemin de Polytechnique
Montréal (Québec) H3T 1J4

Map of the campus:


Les Studios Hôtel

We have settled an LGM deal with the Student Residences on the site of LGM. The residences are at less than 5 minutes from your bed to the auditorium! All rooms have internet access.

Rooms at Les Studios Hôtel are available at a special LGM low rate including wired internet access and all taxes (prices in CAD, per room and valid upon reservation made up to April 6, 2009).

One night4 nights
and 4 breakfasts
Solo roomCAD $46CAD $208
Duo roomCAD $58CAD $280
Cosy suiteCAD $98CAD $440
Room "multi"
for 3 people
CAD $72CAD $360
For further details, please read the Studios Hôtel's brochure
or visit the Studios Hôtel's website

Please note that it's each person's responsibilty to book the room. LGM organisation only helps negociate a good price and manages to "secure" a block of rooms.

The Pavillon Thérèse-Casgrain, student residence building, at 5 minutes from LGM site.

Les Studios Hôtel
Université de Montréal,
2450 boul. Édouard-Montpetit,
Montréal, QC, H3T 1J4
Phone: +1 514 343-8006
Fax: +1 514 343-8076

Please use the online registration form and select the event LGM 2009 when making your registration (you do not have to select a package (we actually have negociated a better price than any of the proposed packages).

It will be appreciated if you can book your reservation before April 6st. After that date rooms will still be available but it will be more difficult to group people together on one or two floors.

Hotels in Montréal

If you want to live outside the campus, there are lots of hotels in Montréal. We will not make any recommandations on hotels. It is suggested you look for hotels located downtown or in Plateau Mont-Royal near the following metro stations : Place-des-Arts, Berri-UQAM, Sherbrooke, Mont-Royal, Laurier. Access to LGM is through the métro, station Édouard-Montpetit or Université de Montréal (blue line) or by bus circuit no. 51 Édouard-Montpetit (which connects to métro Laurier).

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