WELCOME TO TORONTO

We can’t wait to have you here!

We’ve consulted our best travel monkeys to get you our recommendations for:

Border Crossing
Car Trips
Main Airports
Even Cheaper Flights
Getting From the Airport
Traveling Around Toronto

GETTING TO TORONTO

Yes, There is a Border

If you’re coming from the US by any method, it’s quick and painless with your passport. It only takes a few seconds and you’re on your way to the best event of the year. Don’t have a passport? Apply for yours today! (No seriously – apply today! You don’t want to be stuck watching the mailbox while we’re dancing our butts off).

Passport alternatives include Enhanced Driver’s License and Trusted Traveler Document (NEXUS). For more info: www.getyouhome.gov

Road Trip!

Toronto is only a few hours from several major airports in the U.S. You could pack your car with friends and just drive (FUN! SHENANIGANS!). See your drive time at maps.google.com

Let’s Fly

Lucky you, Toronto is a popular flight destination, and has lots of options:

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is the largest airport in the area. It is about a 25 minute drive from downtown and served by several different carriers. Our European / other friends will land here.

**US visitors returning to the States: For flights leaving Pearson to the US, passengers complete Customs and Immigration formalities before getting on the plane. Please give yourself extra time before departure to clear US Customs.

Toronto Billy Bishop City Airport (YTZ) is the island airport located minutes away from the downtown core with many connections to destinations across the Eastern Seaboard. It is serviced primarily by Porter Airlines and Air Canada Express.

**US visitors returning to the States: For flights leaving from Billy Bishop, passengers clear Customs and Immigration formalities after they land in the US.

Even Cheaper Flights

For our Ameri-cousins nearby, Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) may serve as a more frugal alternative. It is about 160km (100mi) away with many shuttle options to downtown Toronto. Megabus starts at $1 and goes up to $20. Wow! Greyhound is another bus option, or buddy up to New York dancers on a car trip.
**Flying OUT of Toronto can be expensive but flying IN is often not.  (Airport taxes!?!)  So, if you’re looking to save a few bucks, make like the locals: fly into Toronto and out of Buffalo.

Coming From the Airport

(YYZ)

*Recommended* Union Pearson Express Train will get you downtown in less than 30 minutes for $12. Just don’t even look at these other options!

Cab fare from Pearson Airport to the downtown core is fixed price and ranges between $45-60 depending on your drop-off point. Pick-up is on the lower level, outside the baggage claim area.

TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) runs the 192 Airport Rocket and connects with the Bloor-Danforth Subway line (at Kipling Station) to get you into the City. The fare is $3.25 cash (no change will be given).  It will take you about 75-85 minutes to get to the downtown core.

(YTZ)

Hop aboard the world’s shortest ferry (121m) – it’s free! A minute or so later, you’ll be off the island where you can catch a complimentary shuttle to Union Station. (You could also take the pedestrian tunnel… but ferry!)  The 511 Street car operated by the TTC is also just a few steps away. (http://www.torontoport.com/Airport/Getting-To.aspx)

(BUF)

Megabus (from $1) and  Greyhound offer convenient shuttles from Buffalo airport to the Toronto Coach Terminal downtown Toronto.  Fares vary at time of purchase. Check the websites for more information or to make a reservation.

GETTING AROUND TORONTO

Public Transit

TTC (Toronto Transit Commission)
The TTC offers convenient schedules to get around the city including a number of 24-hr routes. Cash fares are $3.25 per ride (exact change). Tokens can also be purchased in bundle. Unlimited ride Day Passes (good for a single adult M-F, or up to 2 adults Sat/Sun from the date shown till 5.30am the next day) are available for $12.

Bike

If you want to bike around the city, check out Toronto’s bike sharing program – BIXI – to rent bikes by the hour. Pick up a bike at several locations available around the city and drop it off at any open station after use.

Drive

Grab a taxi. They are numerous in the downtown core. You shouldn’t have any trouble flagging one down. Or, dial 416–TAXICAB to order one directly.

Drive yourself. Driving around the city is pretty straightforward although Toronto traffic, particularly during rush hour, is pretty legendary.

Toronto has some specific transit system bylaws that visiting drivers should be aware of:

  • If a bus is signalling the intent to merge into traffic from a stop, you must yield to the bus.
  • If a streetcar in front of you (travelling in your direction) has its doors open, you cannot pass the open doors.  However, if a traffic island (it’ll look like a raised median with a transit shelter on top) separates the streetcar from your lane, you may pass with caution.
  • Occasionally the rightmost travel lane on certain streets (most notably on Bay Street between Front and Bloor Sts.) is reserved from 7AM-7PM for transit vehicles, taxis, and bicycles only; you can enter these lanes only to make a right turn at the next cross street. If you do decide to travel as through-traffic in these lanes, you may be liable to a fine (an often hefty one).  Watch for the overhead signs indicating lane designations.
  • Additionally, drivers are advised that Torontonians generally take their obligation to give a wide berth to emergency vehicles quite seriously: if you hear sirens or see lights, pull over to the side of the road safely but quickly.

BIENVENUE À TORONTO!