The longest walk ever...domestic to transborder connection at YUL!

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  1. Canadi>n
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    And I thought doing a transborder connection at YVR was a hike. Just made it through the marathon than its the YUL domestic to transborder connection. It seems like kiometers down corridors that can best be described as dreary. And although the bags are now transferred and don't have to be picked up, they still must be visually checked by US Customs as in YVR. This can mean another wait until they reach the transit area. So, even though there is NEXUS (unlike YVR) it may not speed you through the connection. One thing YUL could do to make this a bit more bearable is to have some small luggage carts at the start of the pathway because shoulder bags get heavier after the 2nd or 3rd kilometer!
     
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    Yes, quite far (you could have stopped for a coffee and waited for your bags to catch up with you) especially if your domestic flight comes in a the opposite end. Still better than the cluster *&^% that is YYZ , IMO !
     
  3. Show us why YYZ is a cluster XXXX when going from domestic to US and vice versa. In any CDN aorport you have to preclear US customs and immigration which means having change pods in YYZ. There is a connection right from the domestic terminal to the US side and on incoming changes their is a special CBRA station to facilitate that transition. One does not have to walk the miles you appear to do in YUL
     
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    If one has to check baggage they will have to retrieve it at Pearson and go through US customs and then put it on the belt again. In YUL and YVR one does not have this problem.....
     
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    But at YYZ you go through a fast track channel once the bag is collected. At both YVR and YUL one can wait quite a while before the bag has been confirmed to have been processed as I did yesterday (and they send you to Secondary for this). The walks at YVR and YUL are much longer than at YYZ. And as noted, no NEXUS at YVR for this purpose, but both YYZ and YUL have NEXUS terminals through this route. Actually, there is an advantage to actually retrieving one's checked bag(s) because this permits putting any bottles of Duty Free into the checked bags. If going through YVR or YUL, you cannot purchase liquid Duty Free either at the departing airport or inflight!
     
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    But is it really to one's advantage to be buying duty free in Canada (it is not cheap, as we both know):eek:!
     
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    Who's talking about Duty Free in Canada? The Duty Free I was talking about was overseas or inflight. By having to actually get one's bag(s) at YYZ to do the US transit and pre-clearance, it is possible to put the Duty Free stuff into the checked bag before putting it back on the belt for the onward US flight. At YVR and YUL this is impossible. (And BTW, prices at the Japanese Duty Frees at NRT and KIX are no great bargains!)
     
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    But the above still does not solve the problem you have with longish walks. So I guess you had better get something to put the wind back in your sails or get used to it if you are to transit YUL.
     

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