The Jean-Lesage International Airport welcomes more than 700,000 passengers a year aboard all types of aircraft. Ten or so carriers offer over 300 weekly regular flights to various North American, Southern or European destinations. The Québec City Convention Centre is located 20 km from the Jean-Lesage International Airport.
Visitors from outside Canada must have a valid passport and in some cases a visa is needed. For more information, please visit Citizenship and Immigration Canada. Letters of invitation which are needed for some visa applications are automatically issued to conference attendees that register online after the registration payment is confirmed through the credit card company.
Canadian and American dollars are not at par. American currency is accepted in most establishments at variable exchange rates. On arrival, visitors should obtain Canadian currency at the official exchange rate in order to avoid problems.
Major credit cards such as American Express, MasterCard and Visa are accepted almost everywhere.
With the advent of automated teller machines, visitors can acquire cash and do banking through network systems like "Plus", "Cirus", "Interac", etc. and enjoy excellent rates of exchange. Certain currency exchange bureaus are open 7 days a week in Old Québec during the high season.
Hours of Banks and Caisses Populaires (credit unions)
Normal banking hours are from 10 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday, with extended hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at some locations. Traveler's cheques, ideally in Canadian funds, are the safest way to carry money and are accepted by banks and major commercial establishments. There are different Canadian chartered banks with branches throughout the area along with over 100 Caisses populaires Desjardins (credit union) branches. See the local listings in the telephone directory.
|Driving in Canada
Avalid driving licence from your country of residence or a valid International Driving License is required for driving in Canada.
The following Car Rental Counters are available at the airport:
• Avis 418 872-2861 www.avis.com
• Budget 1 800 268-8970 www.budget.ca
• Enterprise 418 861-8820 www.enterprise.com
• Hertz 418 871-1571 www.hertz.com
• National/Alamo 418 877-9822 www.nationalcar.ca
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Getting around in Quebec City
Québec City has a world-class hospitality and entertainment infrastructure. It's a great destination for leisure, business, and incentive travel.
• Walking: Québec City boasts nearly 30 sets of stairs that link the Upper Town with the Lower Town. Each stairway has its own personality and history. Go have a look! http://www.quebecregion.com/en/quebec_city_and_area/stairways?a=vis
• Buses: Buses are modern, convenient and inexpensive. For times and routes, type in any two destinations on Google Maps and click the Transit option (example: City Convention Centre, Quebec to Universite Laval, Quebec)
• Region: Québec City is 250 kilometers east of Montréal and is adjacent to the regions of Charlevoix, Chaudiére-Appalaches, Mauricie and Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean. Introduction to Québec City Region
In May: Minimum : 41°F/5°C Maximum: 63°F/17°C
Québec's electrical current is 60 cycles, 110 volts. An adapter is needed for electrical appliances using another type of current, such as the 220-volt European system. The power plugs used in Canada are of the two-pin, flat square-shaped type which are compatible with U.S. outlets.
Free Wireless Internet Access
The Québec region has several free access points throughout the city provided by ZAP Québec.