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Set in the heart of the Quartier des spectacles in downtown Montréal, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal site occupies the quadrilateral area bordered by St. Laurent Boulevard and De Bleury Street from east to west, and Ste. Catherine Street and President-Kennedy Avenue from south to north. By virtue of their central location amid the festivities, the Complexe Desjardins and Place des Arts are useful landmarks.

With some streets closed to vehicle traffic and parking in the downtown core relatively limited, people are encouraged to make their way to the Festival site on foot, by taxi or by public transit.

Persons driving to the Festival are invited to check out MaPlace.ca for parking information and our map of street closures to facilitate access to the site.

Bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates are also excellent means of transportation. However, they are not permitted on-site for security reasons.

Public transit

Please consult the Google map below for details on public transit options.

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BIXI stations

Please consult the BIXI Montréal website for details.


Bicycle parking

To meet growing demand, there are two free parking areas capable of handling more than 350 bicycles. On-site staff will be pleased to answer your questions, and a flat-tire repair kit complete with pump is also available. Cyclists using these parking areas must provide their own locks.

The bicycle parking areas are conveniently located on the periphery of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal site:

  • De Bleury Street, corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard
  • St. Laurent Boulevard, corner of De Maisonneuve Boulevard

Bicycle parking areas are clearly identified on the map of the site using the following pictogram bicycle parking areas

The bicycle parking areas also include a pigeon-hole storage bin for skateboards. Persons who use this service will be asked to fill out a form and provide proof of identity (a valid driver’s licence or health insurance card).

The bicycle parking areas are open from 5 p.m. to midnight for the duration of the Festival.

The Festival will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged objects.

This service is offered thanks to the collaboration of TD.

Vehicle parking

Persons driving to the Festival are invited to check out MaPlace.ca to locate and book a parking spot near the site.

Street closures

Please consult the PDF document for details on street closures during the the Festival.

Getting around

Given the popularity of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, public transit is the means of transportation most recommended. Located on the green line, the Place-des-Arts metro station provides direct access to the site. People arriving by metro are encouraged to use the Ste. Catherine Street or De Bleury Street exits.

Festival-goers arriving from the east or the west on foot may access the site from Jeanne-Mance Street at the corner of Ste. Catherine Street.

The Place des Festivals includes the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal's main stage. Special security corridors have been set up to make it easier for festival-goers to leave the site, but not to access it. These “one-way” corridors provide access to the Place-des-Arts metro station and to Ste. Catherine Street and De Bleury Street. Loitering is prohibited in these corridors.

To enjoy the Festival to the fullest, we ask that people comply with the regulations in force on the site.

Mobility-impaired persons may consult the adapted services section for details on reserving a space in the reserved area.