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Helpful Tips

Some tips and instructions when you take the bus

Here are some helpful tips when planning your bus trips and doing it in an economical and efficient way.

The RTL offers persons with limited mobility different travel options. We invite you to visit the Paratransit services section on this website where you will find a wealth of information.

Finding the schedule and the route that you are looking for
  Warning: our schedules change on Holidays.

Finding the RTL
  • Find a RTL bus stop    
  • On each bus stop sign, there is a number and the bus routes serving that stop
  • Indicate to the bus driver your intention to board in order for him to see you and to stop    
  • To purchase a ticket, you can do so at one of our Points of sale or in a Metropolitan ticket office
Photo: arrêts RTL

Paying for your trip
  • The most economical way to pay for your trip is with a RTL ticket or with a monthly pass    
  • To purchase RTL tickets, you must have an OPUS card or a SOLO card to load your tickets    
  • When you use a RTL ticket, you automatically have a right to transfer on another RTL bus line, valid for 120 minutes
  • To purchase a monthly pass, you must have an OPUS card or a SOLO card to load your pass.    
  • You will find more details on fares and on how to purchase tickets on this website’s Fares section    
  • Several Reduced rates fares are available for different categories of customers or for different types of use    
  • To purchase a ticket, you can do so at one of our Points of sale or in a Metropolitan ticket office    
  • Please do not hesitate to contact Customer Service if you have questions or if you need additional information not found on this website
Photo: arrêts RTL
In between bus stops

In order to assure the safety of a person traveling alone in the evening, RTL bus drivers are authorized to drop off that person between two bus stops.  
It is up to the bus driver’s judgment to use this safety measure.

entre deux arrêt

Sharing the road with our buses 

To improve road safety for everyone, the Réseau de transport de Longueuil has a few tips about sharing the road with buses.

Blind spots

The blind spots on a bus are the areas outside of the driver’s field of vision. Buses have blind spots at the front, at the rear, and on the sides.

Front Sides Rear


Right turns

Buses need a lot of room to make a right turn. The bus driver has to move all the way to the left before turning right, and drivers who try to pass a bus on the right risk getting trapped between the bus and the curb. It’s best to always stay behind a bus.

Did you know...

  • Buses make wide turns and may have to drive forward in the opposite direction before turning into an intersection.
  • When passing a bus, always make sure to keep at least 1 metre between your vehicle and the bus.
  • On roads with a speed limit of 70 km/h or less, drivers must yield to buses that turn on their flashers to re-enter the road. 
  • Bus drivers can’t always see other drivers and pedestrians because their blind spots are much bigger than on a car. Always establish eye contact with the bus driver before making a move.
For more information, visit the SAAQ website.