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ICA23 Toronto Transportation Guide

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    Posted 29 days ago

    Toronto Transportation Guide

    How to get from Pearson International Airport to downtown Toronto. Includes how to use the "TTC" system (Metro/Streetcar/Buses).

    Transportation options, Pearson international airport to Toronto

    1. Taxi or Limo
      After departing baggage, follow signs to taxis and limos. Both offer flat rates (approx. $70 CAD one way); provide your driver your destination address and they will tell you the fare. A gratuity/tip is customary but not included in the price they quote to you. Transport from airport to hotel can 40 minutes or more depending on traffic.
      • Terminal 1 Pearson International Airport– Arrivals Level (Map)
        • Taxis: Door D
        • Limos: Door C
      • Terminal 3 Pearson International Airport– Arrivals Level (Map)
        • Taxis: Doors D, E and F
        • Limos: Door F
    2. Ride Share (Uber, Lyft, etc.)
      This is generally a less expensive than a taxi or limo. For pick up, follow signs for Ride Share; they are located:
      • Terminal 1: Ground Level, Door Q (Inner Curb)
      • Terminal 3: Arrivals Level, Zone 3 (Outer Curb)
    3. UP Express Train downtown
      This is a quick, reliable, comfortable express train to downtown Toronto, and the most affordable, sustainable (!) and fastest option. UP Train from Pearson airport to Union station takes 25 minutes.
      • Where: After you depart the airport baggage area, follow signs reading: "Train to the city" and/or follow the signs with this logo: 
      • When: UP Trains run every 15 minutes, daily from 5:38 – 23:38
      • Fare: Travel on UP from the airport to Union Station (main train/metro hub downtown); two purchasing options:
        • Purchase a single or return ticket on UP Express: Fare: $12.35 CAD Adult (19-64): one way, $24.70 CAD return/round trip; Senior (65+: return rate) $12.40 CAD; Family rate (one way) is $25.70 CAD.
        • Purchase a PRESTO card (for 25% fare reduction) valid for transport on UP Express and all TTC transportation (Metro/Streetcar/Buses): Fare: $9.25 CAD (Adult); $5.80 CAD (Senior); $7.41 CAD (Youth).
          • Note: You can only acquire the senior or youth Presto card in the city, at a Shopper's Drug mart; ID required.
          • Note: Purchasing a fare for the UP Express train does not cover your transfer to a metro, streetcar or bus, you must pay that fare.
      • Ticketing Options
        At the UP Express ticketing machine (at track entrance):
        • Purchase a PRESTO card: $6 one-time purchase fee; for use on UP Express airport train & all "TTC" public transport.
        • Purchase a single or return UP Express ticket: Optional: You can purchase a UP ticket online or via UP app up to 7 days prior to travel; you must activate it via email instructions or the app, 30 minutes before you travel.
      • Choose your UP Express Ticket destination
        • Union station: most ICA members will choose this station; access to Sheraton/downtown locations
        • Bloor Street station: for locations west of downtown; this is closest to the "Dundas West" metro station; take metro from there to your destination
        • Weston station: station far west/close to airport
      • How to transfer
        Ride to your station, and transfer to your destination (TTC or cab or by foot)
        • To transfer from UP Express train to the Sheraton Centre Hotel:
          • Exit at Union Station & follow signs to the TTC metro; the signs look like this: 
          • Buy a TTC fare ticket or use a PRESTO card; take Line 2 (Yellow) (Northbound toward Vaughan Metropolitan Centre); ride for two stops, exit at Osgoode station; follow exit signs to "W side University Avenue;" Walk 300 meters to Sheraton Centre Hotel (123 Queen Street W)

    Additional information: Using the TTC in Toronto

    How to use Presto card:

    • For UP train: Tap the PRESTO card to board train and Tap the PRESTO card when departing (to ensure the proper fare is debited)
    • For Metro, Streetcar or Bus: just tap card when entering metro, streetcar or bus; no need to tap out when departing
    • If you don't have sufficient funds for your ride, the card will be declined at the TTC entrance, and you can add extra funds at the ticketing machine

    Fares: TTC (Metro, street car, bus)

    (Note: children under 12 ride free on TTC)

    Fare type Adult Youth (13-19) Senior (65+)
    Single fare CAD $3.35 CAD $2.40 CAD $2.30

    Benefits of purchasing a PRESTO Card:

    • Functions on the UP express airport train and all TTC (Toronto transport commission) transportation (including metro, street cars and buses).
    • Paying for the UP train with Presto, saves you 25% off the normal UP train rate. Note: At the airport, you can only buy an "adult" Presto card
    • In Toronto, discount PRESTO cards can be purchased by seniors, youth (13-19) and post-secondary students. Bring government ID to any Shopper's Drug Mart to qualify to purchase these discounted PRESTO cards.
    • Children 12 and under ride free on the UP airport train and all TTC transportation
    • You can load and reload the card as you need (at the station ticketing machine, in any metro)
    • Click for more Pass and fare information (see below for images of fare rates)

    PRESTO (pay-as-you-go)

    Fare Type Adult Youth (13-19) Senior (65+)
    PRESTO CAD $3.30 CAD $2.35 CAD $2.25
    PRESTO One-ride ticket CAD $3.35 CAD $3.35 CAD $3.35
    PRESTO Two-ride ticket CAD $6.70 CAD $6.70 CAD $6.70
    PRESTO Day pass ticket CAD $13.50 CAD $13.50 CAD $13.50
    Fair Pass Transit Discount CAD $2.10 N/A N/A

    How to ride the TTC (metro, street cars and buses):

    • Buy a Presto card (for cheaper fares) or single ride tickets at a ticket machine in metro station.
    • You can use one fare to travel across metro, street cars and buses, in a continuous direction, for a two-hour period.
    • Proof of transfer (from metro to street car or bus): If you purchase a PRESTO card, your "transfer" is recorded digitally on your card; you can access a paper transfer (at machines) at TTC stations, but paper transfers are increasingly obsolete and TTC staff seem to have stopped asking for them.

    Navigating the Toronto Metro system

    • The Toronto metro is not extensive and is easy to use.
    • Click here for maps and schedules for TTC metro and street car lines.
    • Google and Apple maps will map your route on the TTC.
    • Downtown has two metro lines.
      • Line 1 (yellow) runs North/South.
      • Line 2 (green) runs East/West

    How to enter the Toronto metro

    • Insert ticket or tap Presto card on the turnstile/entry sensor, and the gate will open.
    • One rider per tap; Presto passes are not transferable (each rider must purchase their own Presto card). You do not need to tap out of the metro or buses.
    • Children under 12 ride the TTC for free: TTC workers will not query you about your children's ages; enter your child through the turnstile closest to the TTC staff person, alert them that your child is under 12 and they will open the gate for them.

    Tom Mankowski
    Washington DC
    United States