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 Canada by
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 requirements)
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 schedule
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 Airport.
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 bus stop.
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. 20 minutes.
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
See this link for maps and schedules: http://www.city.toronto.on.ca/ttc/service_to_airport.htm
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
The fixed-rate taxi/limo fares to downtown are about
CAD$50 to Fields.
the Airport Express Bus: The airporter bus travels
from the airport to the Delta Chelsea hotel. From
there you can transfer to the Mid-Town connector or
a taxi which will take you to the University of Toronto
campus, Victoria University, Massey College and the
Quality Hotel on Bloor. Kiosks are located outside
any airport terminal on the Arrivals level. (Terminal
#1-Post #7; Terminal #2-Post #7; Terminal #3-Post
#29). The tickets cost $12.50 one-way or $21.50 return.
These buses will take at least 50 minutes to get downtown,
depending on traffic. In order to transfer to the
Public Transportation Subway System (locally known
as the TTC) you can take the Airport Express to Islington
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
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
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
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.