What’s the best way to get from the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to downtown Toronto?
There are a number of options to consider for Pearson airport transfers and ground transportation, including:
- UP Express: Metrolinx's UP Express is a public transit train/rail link that connects Pearson Airport to Union Station in downtown Toronto. Trains run every 30 minutes, and the trip to downtown takes about 25 minutes — by far the fastest way to get to the downtown core.
- Ridesharing services: If you use the ridesharing apps Uber, Lyft, or Facedrive, you can request a pickup from Pearson Airport. Where you meet your rideshare at Pearson will depend on the service you order (additional info).
- Taxis: Look for the designated pickup areas on the terminal curbs just outside the Arrivals area (additional info).
- Limousine services: Look for the designated pickup areas on the terminal curbs just outside the Arrivals area (additional info). If you’re looking to book your transportation ahead of time, you can consider Airline Limousine (provides onsite and pre-booked airport transportation services) and Global Alliance (provides chauffeured executive and event ground transportation services).
What’s the best way to get from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) to other downtown Toronto destinations?
Once you use the pedestrian tunnel or ferry to get to the pickup and drop-off areas, there are a number of options to consider for getting from Billy Bishop to other areas in Toronto.
- Shuttle: Billy Bishop Airport offers a complimentary shuttle that transfers travellers from the airport to just outside Union Station and the Fairmont Royal York Hotel. The Billy Bishop Airport Shuttle departs every 15 minutes.
- Ridesharing services: If you use the ridesharing apps Uber, Lyft, or Facedrive, you can request a pickup from Billy Bishop Airport.
- Taxis: You will find taxis located at the taxi stand just outside the entrances to Billy Bishop and the ferry terminal.
- Limousine services: While there isn’t a designated pickup area onsite at Billy Bishop, you can arrange for limousine services before you arrive. If you’re looking to book your transportation ahead of time, you can consider Airline Limousine (provides onsite and pre-booked airport transportation services) and Global Alliance (provides chauffeured executive and event ground transportation services).
What’s the best way to get around Toronto?
There are a number of ways to get around Toronto.
- Walking: If you’re concentrating your visit on Festival activities, this year’s venues for the Festival are a 10-minute-or-less walk from each other, and the Festival area is about a 10-minute walk to Union Station. Other destinations in the downtown area are very walkable — depending on your footwear, of course.
- Taxis: Toronto has a large fleet of licensed taxis that are easy to find, especially in the downtown area. Meters start running at $4, and the final fare depends on the total distance and time travelled. You can hail a taxi on the street (taxis with their lights on are available), or you can book a cab by calling the taxi company or by using an app. Companies such as Beck Taxi, City Taxi Toronto, Co-op Taxi, and others have apps you can download from the Apple or Android app stores.
- Ridesharing services: Uber, Lyft, and Facedrive are popular ridesharing services that you can use in Toronto.
- Public transit: The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has easy-to-navigate subways, buses, and streetcars within the city of Toronto. If you are planning to use public transit, be sure to purchase a PRESTO card: an easy-to-use, reloadable payment card that lets you pay your fare on the TTC, GO Transit, UP Express, and more, eliminating the need for tickets, tokens, passes, and cash. If you’re looking to travel to the outlying parts of the Greater Toronto Area, Metrolinx's GO Transit is Ontario’s inter-regional bus and train service. GO Trains and buses depart from Toronto’s Union Station at regular intervals throughout the day.
- Biking: The City of Toronto builds and maintains infrastructure such as bike lanes, multi-use trails, and bike-parking facilities. Toronto’s major streets have bicycle lanes nearest the curb. Bike Share Toronto has a number of bike stations in the city with bicycles available to rent. Visitors can purchase short-term passes.