Have you just arrived in Toronto for work, pleasure or both? Welcome!
Toronto offers a variety of means of travel including; taxi, limo, ride share, express train or public transit. We provide you with the information you need so you can choose the option that best suits your needs.
Arriving by Air
Toronto is served by two international airports. Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada’s principal airport hub, with travel connections to every continent, and ranked among the top 30 airports in the world.
Depending on the traffic and your mode of transportation, you can travel the 27 kilometres to downtown Toronto in as little as 25 to 40 minutes (traffic in Toronto can be busy at times so note that rush hour can be a longer drive).
Airport licensed limousines and taxis offer flat rates to your destination and meet specific safety requirements. These are the only vehicles authorized to pick up fares from Toronto Pearson.
A licensed limo or taxi:
- Will pick up from the designated pick up area on the terminal curbs, arrivals level
- Will have a GTAA number plate on the bumper and decal on the window
- Will have flat rate fare information in the vehicle
- Will not pick up or offer rides in the terminal or parking garages
A trip downtown, depending on your destination, will likely be in the $60 or $70 range. Here is a map of set limousine tariffs for the city and one for taxis. While airport limousines are slightly more expensive than taxis, they provide cleaner, more comfortable cars and more knowledgable drivers.
Ride sharing services, provided by Uber and Lyft, are now available as part of a pilot project at Toronto Pearson. Simply go to the ground level in Terminal 1 or Arrivals in Terminal 3 (the only two terminals currently used by general passengers) and follow the signs for “Ride App Pickup” to access your ride.
The city also offer the UP Express (Union-Pearson Express), a dedicated rail service connecting Union Station and Toronto Pearson airport, with departures every 15 minutes. (The first train of the day departs from Pearson at 4:55 am and the last one at 12:57 am.)
The UP Express is fast, reliable, clean and safe getting you downtown in 25 minutes. Up also offers free on-board WiFi and a fare of up to $12.35, depending on your destination and type of pass. UP Express is located in Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport next to the Terminal Link Train. The Link provides transfers free of charge between Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 (the only two active public terminals at the airport).
Traveling on a PRESTO card may be a good idea: the $6 rechargeable card pays for itself with a return trip to the airport, and it is useful for local transportation in Toronto and on Go Transit.
Once at Union Station, you can access a taxi from the line parked outside on Front Street, or order a ride share. Choose a taxi with a lit standard and company logo from the parked cars in the taxi line and avoid people who approach you on foot.
If your hotel or destination is walking distance from Union Station, you may choose to walk. Toronto is a safe city, but please use common sense – walking during the day is fine; taking a ride at night may be a better idea.
If you choose to drive yourself, Pearson Airport has a variety on-site and off-site car rental agencies, but as we mentioned above, traffic can be heavy (and parking can be expensive!)
Finally, the most cost effective way to get from Pearson to downtown Toronto is by mass transit. For $3.25, you can access an express bus and subway service. Please note that it could be challenging managing your baggage up sets of stairs and changing trains.
The city’s downtown airport is the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, located on Toronto Island. It is linked to the city by a short ferry ride or a quick walk through the clean and well-lit underground tunnel, and is served by both Porter Airlines and Air Canada. Because the location is minutes from everything downtown, its beautiful lounge and quick customs process, Billy Bishop is often a better choice than Pearson if yours is one of the more than 20 Canadian and U.S. cities that the airport services.
Taxis and ride-sharing services are available in front of the airport drop-off/pick-up zone. A free shuttle bus, running every 15 minutes, connects the airport to Union Station.
Arriving by Train
Toronto’s recently refurbished Union Station is the city’s main rail hub, with more than 300,000 people using it daily, offering both local and out-of-town train service. Here you can connect to the TTC subway, via an underground tunnel.
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