Getting To The Festival

To get to the International Balloon Festival of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu from:

Montreal

  • Take the Champlain Bridge/Highway 10 East towards Sherbrooke
  • Take the exit 22 to merge onto Highway 35 S towards St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • On the Highway 35, take the exit 45 Pierre-Caisse (old exit 9)
  • Turn left at the first traffic light
  • Continue straight ahead at the second traffic light
  • Now, you drive onto Boulevard Industriel
  • Continue straight ahead at the third traffic light
  • Follow the indications for public entrance

Montréal (alternative road)

  • Take the Highway 10 East towards Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (chemin Saint-Jean/Qc-104E)
  • Take the exit 11 towards highway 30 West (Châteauguay)
  • Take the exit 104 towards La Prairie/Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu/Qc-104E
  • Follow «chemin Saint-Jean/ Qc-104E »
  • Continue straight ahead
  • Turn right on Chemin du Grand Pré (traffic light) and follow indications for the festival
  • Turn left on Chemin du Clocher
  • Turn left on the road 219 (North)
  • At the corner of Carrière and Grand-Bernier, follow the indications

La Prairie

  • Take the 104-E road towards Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (chemin Saint-Jean/Qc-104E)
  • Turn right on Bernier street (traffic light) and follow indications for the festival
  • Turn left on Gaudette street (traffic light)
  • On the first stop, turn right on Industriel street
  • Continue straight ahead and follow the indications for public entrance

Public Transport from Montreal

  • Bonaventure Metro / Downtown Terminus 1000 La Gauchetière - Gate 17 or 18
  • Bus 96 or 196
  • St Jean Terminus / bus 31 towards Grand-Bernier North / Festival site

Montreal - Saint-Jean Shuttles

In collaboration with the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Tourisme Saint-Jean & Région

 

When ?

Every day during the festival, round bus trips will be made available from Montreal to the festival, transiting at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu terminal.

 

Where to go ?

To board the shuttles, go to:

  1. Montreal Downton Terminal (Bonaventure station) :
    1000, de la Gauchetière Street (South Pier), Montréal, Québec (Canada)
    - Follow the signs for Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (doors 17 and 18)
  2. Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Terminal :
    700, Boucher Street, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec (Canada) J3B 7Z8

Look for the Montreal-Saint-Jean Terminal-Festival Bus.

Important : Be sure to have the exact amount of money in hand to purchase your ticket onboard.

 

Schedules

Consult schedules

 

Fees

Check fees

FULL SERVICE : 96 MONTGOLFIÈRES

  • Free for children under 3 years old (0 to 2)
  • $ 10 for children, round-trip, including taxes (3 to 12)
  • $ 25 for adults, round trip, including taxes (13 +)
  • $ 15 for adults, return trip only, departure from the Festival, including taxes (13 +)

LOCAL SERVICE : NAVETTE MONTGOLFIÈRES

  • Free for children under 3 years old (0 to 2)
  • $ 5 for adults, round trip, including taxes (13 +)
  • $ 7 for family, round trip, including taxes
  • Free for students of Cegep Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • Free for holders of monthly subscription of the City
  • Free for 9-day passport holders

* Access to the festival site not included. For complete pricing

 

Place of purchase

  • Tickets must be purchased directly on the bus.
  • No reservations, operations according to the first come first served system.
  • Passengers must provide the correct amount to buy a ticket. No change available.

Note: No other form of payment other than cash will be accepted.

 

 

Rules of Public Transportation

  • Bicycles, skateboards or passengers wearing inline skates are forbidden onboard the bus. Strollers are admitted.
  • It is strictly forbidden to eat, drink, smoke or consume alcoholic beverages onboard the bus. For security reasons, it is also forbidden to light a match or a lighter.
  • Littering is forbidden. Garbage has to be thrown in the provided bins.
  • Animals are forbidden onboard, except for guide dogs and small animals carried in cages. The person in charge of the animal must look after its pet and make sure it respects other passengers and bus neatness.
  • It is forbidden to have a radio, a music instrument or any other device that emits sounds that could disturb the other passengers, with the exception of cellular phones that may be used moderately.
  • It is forbidden to make noise, swear or make obscene or offensive comments, regardless of the form (speaking, singing, etc.)
  • It is strictly forbidden to act in an immoral or indecent manner, to scream, to be drunk or to be intoxicated by prohibited drugs. It is equally forbidden to discommode other passengers in any other way.
  • It is forbidden to put your feet up on the seat or to soil it.
  • No solicitation of other passengers will be tolerated.
  • All objects found in the bus must be given to the driver or inspector. To claim a lost object, the user must visit the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Terminal, located at 700, Boucher Street. Objects are kept 3 months and then given to a charitable organization.
  • It is forbidden for passengers to argue with the driver or inspector on any subject or matter. Complaints are to be addressed to the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, by phone at (450) 359-2054 or by email at autobus@ville.saint-jean-sur-richelieu.qc.ca.

 

For more information

Tourisme Saint-Jean & Région
450 542-9090

 

Balloon Info
450 347-9555

Transit from the South Shore

  • Brossard: Parking Panama / 96 Local bus / St Jean Terminus
  • Bus 31 towards Grand Bernier North / Festival site

Bus timetable from Monday to Friday:
http://www.ville.saint-jean-sur-richelieu.qc.ca/web/doc/Transport_en_commun/09nov31HGBNsem-2009123151117.pdf

Bus timetable for Saturday:
http://www.ville.saint-jean-sur-richelieu.qc.ca/web/doc/Transport_en_commun/09nov31HGBNwe-2009123151147.pdf

Follow the signs to the entrance GENERAL PUBLIC

Eastern townships

  • Follow Highway 10 W towards Montreal
  • Take the exit 22 to merge onto Highway 35 S towards St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • On the Highway 35, take the exit 45 Pierre-Caisse (old exit 9)
  • Turn left at the first traffic light
  • Continue straight ahead at the second traffic light
  • Now, you drive onto Boulevard Industriel
  • Continue straight ahead at the third traffic light
  • Follow the indications for public entrance

Quebec City

  • Take the Highway 20 W towards Montreal
  • Take exit 98 to merge onto Highway 30 W towards Chateauguay
  • Take exit 109 to merge onto Highway 10 E towards Sherbrooke
  • Take the exit 22 to merge onto Highway 35 S towards St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
  • On the Highway 35, take the exit 45 Pierre-Caisse (old exit 9)
  • Turn left at the first traffic light
  • Continue straight ahead at the second traffic light
  • Now, you drive onto Boulevard Industriel
  • Continue straight ahead at the third traffic light
  • Follow the indications for public entrance

The State of Vermont (United States of America)

  • Take the Highway 89 towards the Canadian boarder
  • Continue onto QC-133 N
  • Merge onto Highway 35 N
  • Take exit 43-S (old exit 7-S) for Boulevard du Séminaire S. towards QC-223 S
  • Turn right at Boulevard du Séminaire
  • Continue straight onto Boulevard du Séminaire
  • Turn right on Boulevard Gouin
  • Follow the direction for public entrance

The State of New York (United States of America)

  • Take the Highway 87 towards the Canadian boarder
  • Continue onto Highway 15 N
  • Take exit 21 for QC-219/QC-221 towards de Napierville/Sherrington
  • Turn right at QC-219/QC-221
  • Turn left at Rue de l’Église/QC-219 N
  • Continue to follow QC-219 N
  • Continue onto Rue des Carrières
  • Take the first right onto Boulevard Gouin
  • Follow the direction for public entrance


Watch for updated messages on Highway 10's, Highway 30's and Highway 35's electronic signs. They will keep you posted on the status of traffic approaching the event site.



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