Visiting Toronto? Whether you’re travelling on foot or by car, bike, bus or train, we’ll show you how to find your way around like a local.
TO AND From the Airport
UP Express, Toronto’s airport link opened in 2015, just in time for the Pan Am Games. It’s undoubtedly the most convenient way to get to and from Pearson International Airport — and it provides a great excuse to visit Toronto’s historic Union Station. The UP Express takes 25 minutes to/from downtown for $12.35 per adult, with special discounts for students, seniors and families. Free onboard WiFi and convenient flight updates (not to mention a Balzac’s Coffee location right at the gate) make it well worth the price.
Pantages guests heading back to Pearson can also take advantage of preferred limo rates. Enquire at reception.
Winter days can be chilly, slushy, and no fun at all. Thankfully, Toronto has a solution. The Toronto PATH isn’t just the world’s largest underground shopping complex, it’s also a convenient way to travel across the downtown core without ever setting foot outside. Over 30km of underground tunnels, walkways and shopping areas connect the main towers of the Financial District — meaning you can shop, dine and attend to business all from the comfort of the great indoors (and while keeping your shoes dry). You’re welcome.
The Toronto Transit Commission (to locals, the TTC) connects the city with a network of subways, streetcars and buses. Some routes, like the historic 501 streetcar — which runs the length of the city along Queen Street and is one of the world’s longest streetcar routes — are destinations in themselves. While North America’s third-largest public transit system has had its share of PR woes (it’s public transit, after all), a number of modernization initiatives are set to bring customer satisfaction levels way up. For convenience, download the Transit or Rocketman App.
GO Transit is the regional public transit service for the greater Toronto area and Hamilton areas. If you’re heading outside of central Toronto, check the GO train schedule — you’ll thank yourself when you see the amount of traffic heading in and out of the city at rush hour. The GO also runs special weekend trips to Niagara Falls. If you want to slip away for a little wine tasting or a visit to the casino, this is the way to do it.
If you’re looking to get moving or join Toronto’s thriving community of dedicated winter cyclists, you’ll have ample opportunity. The City of Toronto maintains a list of Discovery Walks and Hiking Trails as well as a system of designated cycling routes. Biking and walking are great ways to get to know Toronto’s unique urban geography while getting your daily exercise (hello, new year’s resolutions).
With this guide in mind, you’re ready to navigate the streets of Toronto.