Canada’s most multicultural and diverse city, half of Toronto’s resident population was born outside of the country and speaks over 140 different languages. In this vibrant city, you can expect some of the finest eateries, most unique events and festivals, and some gorgeous architecture. With a long line-up of year round events and activities, any time is a good time to visit Toronto. To enjoy pleasant weather along with less crowds, try to plan a spring or fall visit, between April – May or September – October. Summer is the peak tourist season. From June – August the city streets come alive with fairs, farmers’ markets, cultural events, and festivals. This is also the perfect time to enjoy a host of water-based activities in one of the Great Lakes, Lake Ontario. Winter temperatures can drop to as low as 20 – 30 degrees Fahrenheit. However, you can still experience several fun activities such as ice skating and skiing during these months. Try to time your winter visit for festivals such as the ‘Cavalcade of Lights’ in November, or the ‘Winterlicious’ culinary fest in January for an even more exciting Toronto experience.
You can fly non-stop from U.S. cities to Toronto with United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, American Airlines, Porter Airlines, WestJet, Air Canada, and Air Transat. Several other airlines offer international flights with 1 or more stops. Choose from Aeromexico, Interjet, Asiana Airlines, Alaska Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Qantas, Copa, WOW air, Philippine Airlines, Avianca, Icelandair, Caribbean Airlines, Korean Air, China Eastern Airlines, and Air China.
YYZ is located approximately 14 miles northwest of Downtown Toronto and is well connected with the city through various modes of ground transportation.
Taxis and limousines
Taxis are available on the arrivals level of Terminal 1, door D and Terminal 3, doors D, E, and F. Limousines are available from Terminal 1, door C and Terminal 3, doors F. Within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), taxis and limousines charge flat rates based on the time and distance to your destination. A taxi ride to Downtown Toronto will typically cost $60.00 CAD and take approximately 40 – 50 minutes depending on traffic.
The Union Pearson Express, commonly known as UP Express, is a dedicated air-rail link between the airport and Union Station in Downtown Toronto. Trains leave every 15 minutes from 5.30 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. and the ride takes 25 minutes. The adult one way fare costs $12.35 CAD. The UP Express station is located in Terminal 1 next to the Terminal Link Train.
YYZ is close to several major transit routes that connect the entire GTA. However, there is no direct bus or train route connecting the airport to the downtown core. You can ride the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus route #192 – Airport Rocket (southbound) to Kipling Station, followed by the subway Line #2 to St. George Station and transfer to Line #1 towards Finch to exit at Union Station. The total journey time will be around 60 minutes and the fare will be $3.25 CAD. There is 1 more option, which includes a combination of rides on the GO Transit bus and the TTC subway. Take GO bus route #34 towards Finch and ride up to Yorkdale Bus Terminal, followed by a subway ride on the TTC Line #1 to Union Station in downtown. The total fare will be $11.35 CAD and the total journey time will be an hour.
You will find car rental counters on Level 1 of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 parking garages. You can also check for deals on car rentals with momondo.
Toronto is a walking city. The downtown core is compact and easy to explore on foot. If you don’t wish to walk, you can rely on the fast and efficient public transport operated by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). Fares for buses as well as subways are $3.25 CAD per person. Children 12 years and younger ride free. You can also consider a 1-day pass for unlimited travel on TTC for $12.50 CAD. A family day pass of similar value includes travel for 1 adult plus 5 youth (aged 13 – 19), or 2 adults plus 4 youth. Taxi cabs are easily available throughout the city, and you can hail one directly in the streets, especially in the downtown core. To travel to other parts of the city, you will need to phone a local taxi service. Uber and Lyft also operate in the city but watch out for surge pricing during peak times. For more flexibility while getting around in the city, you may want to drive around on your own.
A large, multicultural city, travel to Toronto has so much to offer, that it’s possible to discover something new each time you visit. Fill your Toronto itinerary with a host of activities and experiences, including art, music, food, games and events.
Explore Toronto neighborhoods
Toronto neighborhoods are a reflection of their ethnic diversity and each neighborhood offers a unique experience that is worth exploring. Walk around areas such as Koreatown, Greektown, Little Italy, Little India, and Chinatown. Browse through a bunch of specialty shops, check out the various cultural offerings, and sample some delicious ethnic food.
Discover the PATH
Stroll along Toronto’s walkway, PATH, an over 18-mile stretch of underground shopping, services and entertainment. The PATH is open all year round, so sun, rain, or snow, if you’re in Toronto, take the PATH and explore the city without worrying about the weather!