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What is the correct preposition to use with the verb conduire (to drive)? I suspect it is à but I cannot find any examples. I wanted to express this thought:

I can drive to Montreal in 7 or 8 hours.

Je pourrais conduire à Montréal en 7 ou 8 heures.

Are there any places you could drive to that would require a different preposition?

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Conduire is a transitive verb, see : http://www.cnrtl.fr/definition/conduire .

The sentence

Je pourrais conduire à Montréal.

means

I can drive inside Montréal.

The correct sentence is:

Je pourrais conduire jusqu'à Montréal en 7 ou 8 heures.

or,

Je pourrais conduire cette voiture [cette personne] à Montréal en 7 ou 8 heures.

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How is “conduire is a transitive verb” relevant here? I think it's just misleading, isn't it? –  Stéphane Gimenez Jan 22 '12 at 11:41

In addition to M42 answer, conduire vers is also commonly used, but only to express direction. For example, it's possible to use vers followed with a city name; that would not mean that this city is your destination, just that it is in your general direction.

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