The Montreal Transit Corporation unveiled a new bus shuttle service to ferry passengers to Trudeau Airport.

The 747 express offers travellers a direct, publicly-funded route from the Berri-UQAM metro station to the airport, with a total of eight stops.

The service had only been available through private shuttles.

The 747 will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will cost $7 for a single ticket that's good for an entire day.

A private shuttle service currently costs about $16, says CTV's Paul Karwatsky.

"While the private service might have been a good option for someone heading on vacation, it wasn't a good option for the some 20,000 employees who work right here at the airport," he said.

The 204 bus to the airport from Dorval bus station costs the standard fare of $2.75 per trip, but requires catching a connecting bus from that point.

Aéroports de Montréal President James Cherry said the 24-hour service will prove especially beneficial for airport employees.

"We've got people coming in to work here at 4 o'clock in the morning, so we need that coverage," said Cherry.

The 747 begins its runs on March 29 and a one way trip will take 40 minutes -- about an hour with traffic.