Free public transportation for kids in Montreal

The STM system is an inexpensive, fun and easy way to explore the city

Free public transportation for kids

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The Société de transport de Montréal’s (STM) popular Family Outings Program, which allowed kids to travel for free during holiday periods, is now in effect all year long in Montreal.

Kids ride for free

This program allows up to five children under the age of 11 to use public transit across Montreal for free, when accompanied by an adult (ages 14 & over) with a valid ticket. It applies to all modes of transit offered by the STM: metro, bus and train.

Tips for travelling with kids

On the metro, it is important to know:

  • Don’t cross the yellow textured edge tiles until the train comes to a full stop
  • Allow other passengers to exit the train before boarding
  • Have your children board the métro car one at a time, without shoving
  • Ask your children to hold on to a support pole if there are no available seats. Don’t let them sit on the floor.
  • Prepare your children to disembark one stop ahead of time

If you’re travelling by bus:

  • While waiting for the bus, stand away from the curb
  • Ask your children to hold on to a support pole if there are no available seats. Don’t let them sit on the floor
  • Remind them to NEVER put their head or limbs outside the windows

And, finally, if you need to bring a stroller:

  • Try to use an umbrella stroller, as they take up little room and are easy to fold/unfold with one hand
  • Consider other options such as baby carriers
  • A small backpack used as a diaper bag can simplify your journey
  • Travel between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to avoid rush hour
  • At metro turnstyles, use the gates reserved for wheelchairs and strollers
  • Always board buses via the front door and exit by the rear door

Get where you’re going

​Not exactly sure where you’re going or how to get there? The STM website allows you to plug in your starting and ending point and offers several suggested routes on how to get there. Click here.

To find more information, visit stm.info.