Ile Soniq Main Stage at Night
My girlfriend and I chose to attend Ile Soniq Music Festival at Jean-Drapeau Park in Montreal on August 14 and 15 for our summer vacation. We decided that to make the trip a reality, we were going to have to stick to a budget. We were able to save a lot of money without skimping on fun. We had an amazing time, so I thought I would share some of our money-saving tricks for a road trip to Montreal.
Here are ways to save a few dollars:
We chose to drive to Montreal for convenience sake, but we made it the more economical option by carpooling with some friends. Carpooling cut the cost of gas per person to less than the cost of a bus ticket. Parking can be expensive, but we lucked out with cheap parking at the college residence we were staying at. The bus and ride sharing are also cheap, good alternatives to driving to Montreal.
We took the Montreal Metro subway to travel around Montreal. A day pass is about $10 and it is by far the best way to get around Montreal. The Metro went right from McGill to Jean-Drapeau Park.
Staying in Montreal can be done on the cheap if you know where to look and aren’t particular about where you stay. Staying in university and college dormitories that are vacant during the summer is the best way to save money on your accommodations in Montreal. McGill University offers a selection of dormitories in the heart of Montreal for the fraction of the price.
We chose to stay at the Royal Victoria College because we weren’t planning on doing anything but sleeping and getting ready at the residence. It is a traditional dorm-style room with shared bathrooms and showers. It sounds a little scary, but for the cost of $75 for a two-person room, it is quite bearable.
If you’re set on staying in a hotel, Hotwire.com typically has no shortage of rooms at affordable prices.
Food and Drink:
Food and drink are often where costs seem to get out of hand on trips. We prepped individual meals of chicken breast, veggies and rice into Tupperware and brought a cooler of snacks and drinks to avoid overspending. This also guaranteed we would be eating nutritious food. Alternatively, there is an unlimited amount of cheap, good food in Montreal if you choose to eat out. My favourite is Zesto’s Pizza.
Going out in Montreal is going to cost you, but if you’re just looking for somewhere to grab a drink with friends, there are plenty of options on St. Catherine Street and Crescent Street that won’t break the bank. Our favourite is Ziggy’s Pub.
These are the ways we saved money on our budget vacation to Montreal. I’m sure there are plenty more!
Do you have any cost-saving tips for when you travel? I’d love to hear about them in the comments.