Toronto Pearson International Airport
Take the UP Express (Union-Pearson Express), a dedicated express rail service connecting the airport with Union Station. Departures are every 15 minutes and will get you to downtown Toronto in 25 minutes with free on-board wifi. The fare is up to $12.35 depending on destination and type of pass. Please visit UPExpress.com to find out more.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (formerly Toronto City Centre Airport) is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world, and is served by both Porter Airlines and Air Canada. It is located on Toronto Island, minutes from the downtown core.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) provides subway, street, and bus services within the city of Toronto, ferries connect to the Toronto Islands, and GO Transit handles commuter service to the suburbs. Most downtown routes have very frequent service and some run 24 hours. The TTC Trip Planner helps with directions, as does Google Maps.
You pay a single fare for each one-way trip, with as many transfers between routes as are needed to reach your destination. This fare covers subways, streetcars, and buses, with no fare zones to worry about. Tickets cost $3.25 if paid in cash (please note change is not provided on buses and streetcars), $3.10 when bought through tokens in packs of 3 or 7, and $13 for a daily pass. Further details can be found here.
Toronto’s subway runs between 6am-1:30am, with trains every 2-5 minutes. The subway map is posted above doorways in each car, and you can access an interactive subway map here.
Each subway station has at least one staffed entrance which accepts all fares, including day passes and transfers. Other entrances are automatic and accept tokens and weekly/monthly passes only. If paying with cash or tokens and switching to a streetcar or bus later in the same trip, get a paper transfer from the small red machine just past the turnstiles.
Much of the above-ground public transit through downtown Toronto is provided by a large fleet of streetcars. In 2007, National Geographic named the 501 Queen streetcar one of the world’s 10 best streetcar rides, and many of the routes are a great way to see the city.
All streetcar stops are marked with a white pole with red bands and a streetcar icon. When entering older streetcars, drop your fare in the fare box, and ask the driver for a transfer if you are switching to another route later in the same trip. If you already have a transfer or pass, simply show it to the driver. When your stop is announced, pull the yellow stop request cord and exit using the rear doors.
Click here to access maps of the various streetcar routes.
TTC buses operate the same way as most buses in other North American cities. Outside the downtown core it is important to plan your trip carefully as some buses run infrequently. When boarding the bus, drop your fare in the fare box, and ask the driver for a transfer if you are switching to another route later in the same trip. If you already have a transfer or pass, simply show it to the driver. When your stop is announced, pull the yellow stop request cord or press one of the “Stop” buttons, and exit using the rear doors.
Click here to access maps of the various bus routes.