on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, farther south than
Minnesota and much of Michigan, Toronto is one of the most accessible
cities in North America by road, air, rail. We are only a one
hour drive away for about five million Canadians, and within a
90-minute flight for 60 per cent of the U.S. population.
of June 1, 2009, everyone from every country that comes to
air, land and sea needs a passport or equivalent travel document.
Permanent residents (who are not citizens) need their alien-registration
card and passport. (Some exceptions apply to children's passport
from all countries other than the US must have a valid passport,
and in some cases a visitor visa may be required.
Canadian customs regulations apply for all personal and business
travel into Canada. For most travelers, they may clear customs with
their personal goods and belongings at the airport in Toronto. Please
check your local customs regulations if you are planning on taking
Canadian purchases home with you.
City Centre Airport
Located on the western tip of a series of islands in Toronto Harbour,
the island airport handles scheduled, private and corporate flights.
Major airlines operating from the island include Air Ontario, Trans
Capital Airlines and Grand Aviation. Call 416-203-6942.
Canada and many US and international carriers provide direct
flights to Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport
(YYZ) from major cities in North and South America, Europe, the
Orient, and the Pacific Rim. Lester B. Pearson International Airport
is located just west of the city, the airport is accessible from
highways 401, 427 and 409. You can check the status of your flight
From the Airport
The downtown Toronto hotels are approximately 13 km (8 miles)
from Lester B. Pearson International Airport.
service to and from Airport by Public Tansit
The TTC, Toronto's public transit, also provides Airport
Service and is the least expensive method of getting to
and from downtown Toronto.
Here's bus service from the Airport to TTC Kipling Station
take "192 Airport Rocket"
Service all day, every day, between Kipling Station and Pearson
Provides fully-accessible bus service. Buses stop only at Kipling
station, Terminal 3 (Arrivals Level), and Terminal 2 (Arrivals
Level). Ask a transportation officer fo rthe location of the
Service operates from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.,
seven days a week. One-way travel time to the subway is approx.
The closest subway station to Fields is 'Spadina' , at the Spadina
Station take the street car South to College Street. Fields
is east on College at 222 College Street.
See this link for maps and schedules: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/ttc/service_to_airport.htm
the Airport Express Bus: The airporter bus travels from
the airport to downtown hotels.
Toronto Airport Express provides luxury highway coach service
to most of the downtown hotels. The fleet has leather seats,
electrical plug-ins and WiFi, so that you can stay connected
during your trip downtown. Arrange for shuttle transportation
to your hotel before you arrive in Toronto. Receive a 10% discount
when you purchase your tickets on line via the attached link
for Airport Express. The shuttle departs terminal 1 and 3 from
the arrivals level every 20 minutes during peak times, and every
30 minutes at non-peak periods.
Limousine/Taxi: Limousines are marginally cheaper than taxis
for the trip downtown. Both the Taxis and the Limousines can
be located immediately outside any airport terminal on the Arrivals
Level. You can reserve a Limousine by:
Airport Services (1-800-263-6135)
Air Flight Services (1-800-268-6843)
The trip downtown could take from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours
The fixed-rate taxi/limo fares to downtown are about CAD$50
approaching Toronto by car or by bus, the traveller will reach Toronto
by one of several major routes paralleling the shore of Lake Ontario.
Highways 401 and 2, and the Queen Elizabeth Way, enter Toronto from
the west. Highways 401 and 2 also enter Toronto from the east. Hwy
400 runs from the north and connects with Hwy 401. Major bus routes
converge in Toronto. Out-of-town buses arrive and depart from the
Bus Terminal, located at 610 Bay St. Service to/from points all
over Ontario, Canada and the U.S. National and regional bus lines
serve the Greater Toronto area. Call (416) 393-7911 for bus company
fares and schedules.
is served by the VIA Rail System,
the network that provides all rail service throughout Canada (with
connections to the Amtrak system through Niagara Falls, New York).
Trains arrive at Union Station in downtown Toronto.Union Station
is located on Front Street, between Bay and University (across the
street from the Royal York Hotel). The station is right on Toronto's
subway line ( locally known as the TTC), and is within walking distance
of Rogers Centre,the
CN Tower, the financial district
and many downtown hotels, shops and restaurants. There are also
taxis available outside Union Station
Buses arrive at the downtown Toronto Bus Terminal at Bay and Dundas.
You can connect directly with the Public Transportation Subway System
(locally known as the TTC) and travel to your hotel. There are also
taxis available outside the Bus Terminal.
may be exchanged at a favorable rate at Banks and Hotels.Shops
and restaurants will often accept U.S. currency, but at a less
favorable exchange rate.
convert your local currency to our Canadian Dollar,
try the Universal Currency
Taxes and Visitor Tax Refund
items in Ontario, except food, are subject to both a 8% Provincial
Sales Tax (PST) and a 7% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). Non-residents
of Canada, however, may claim a rebate for the GST paid on accommodation
and most consumer goods taken out of the country. The GST Rebate
Guide for Visitors, which includes the rebate form, will be supplied
in the registration package. Please ensure that you retain all your
receipts so that you can claim your rebate at a Duty Free Shop as
you leave the country.