Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is only 14 miles (22.5km) from downtown Toronto. Despite being Canada’s busiest airport, it’s a pleasant facility to experience, largely due to the staff who have a reputation for being friendly and helpful.
Toronto Pearson International is well-equipped to deal with most passenger needs. It has a great selection of shopping and dining options and it is well-serviced by public transport.
It’s also well served by major airlines. More than 50 carriers offer flights to Toronto International Airport. It is a hub for Air Canada, Air Canada Express, Air Transat, CanJet, SunWing Airlines and WestJet.
With its two terminals and great connectivity both locally and internationally, Toronto Pearson International Airport is a great choice when flying to Canada.
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The fast and free LINK Train connects the two terminals. It runs 24 hours a day throughout the week and connects the terminals in a matter of minutes.
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Train: The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates subways, buses and streetcars throughout Toronto. Fares are C$3. Go Transit operates an hourly service between the terminals and Yorkdale station. It takes approximately 30-35 minutes from the airport to the station. Trains run from 6am until 1:30am from Monday to Saturday and from 9am on Sundays.
Taxi: There are a number of taxi companies operating from the airport. They can be found outside the arrivals level at each terminal. Taxi fares to downtown Toronto cost between C$50-54 (about £35) to get to Queens Street and C$34-42 (£21-£34) to get to Dundas Street and the shores of Lake Ontario. Highway tolls are not included in the taxi fare. There are also added surcharges of C$6 (nearly £4) per 10 minutes for stops along the route, C$12 (about £7) extra for passengers dropped off on the route and C$12 for excess baggage.
Bus: The Downtown Express operates between the airport and downtown Toronto. Tickets are C$23.95 (£15) and can be bought from AE Customer Service on the arrivals level; curbside post C of Terminal One and arrivals level curbside area No. 25 of Terminal 3. The bus runs from 5:20am until 1am and departs at 30-minute intervals. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates several buses to and from Toronto Pearson Airport. The 192 Airport Rocket and 58A Malton buses operate during the day, and 300A Bloor-Danforth and 307 Eglinton West routes from 1:30am until 5am seven days a week. Fares start at C$3.
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When collecting passengers from the airport, use the Cell Phone Lot, which is free and located five minutes from the terminals. There are four other parking options as well as valet parking. Valet parking at Toronto Pearson International costs C$25 (almost £16) on top of the regular parking lot rates. The Express car park is C$3 per 20 minutes or C$90 (£57) per day. It is located next to Terminal 1 and is connected to the terminal via a walkway. The Daily Park option is five minutes’ walking distance from both Terminal 1 and 3. It costs C$3 per 20 minutes or C$28 (nearly £18) per day.
The Value Park Garage is covered parking connected to the terminals via the LINK Train. It costs C$3 per 20 minutes, C$18 per day or C$90 per week. The cheapest parking option at Toronto Pearson Airport is the Value Park Lot, which is connected to the terminals via the LINK Train. The Value Park Lot is uncovered parking and costs C$3 per 20 minutes, C$15 (almost £10) per day or C$70 (£44) per week.
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Airport information desks are located in Terminal 1, departures near check-in desks C, D and N. There are also airport information phones located at various points throughout the terminals. Staff are friendly and knowledgeable and some speak French as well as English.
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Money and communications: ATMs, currency-exchange facilities, banks, payphones and mailboxes are all available.
Luggage: The lost-and-found center can be contacted by phone. There is a porter service and baggage storage is available at the Travel Store on the departures level of each terminal. Baggage trolley rental is C$2 (about £1).
Conference and business: The Travel Store provides fax services and Internet kiosks are located in both terminals. The on-site Sheraton Hotel has a range of conference rooms and business facilities as well. This includes more than 28 meeting rooms equipped with audio-visual technology and catering options.
Other facilities: An interfaith prayer room, shoeshine facilities, vending machines, family restrooms, kids’ play area and airline lounges are all available. Toronto Pearson International is also fully equipped to assist passengers with special needs.
Wi-Fi: Free Wi-Fi is available throughout both terminals. Simply connect to the “Toronto Pearson Wi-Fi” network and launch your browser.
Shopping: Both terminals have a great selection of shopping opportunities both before and after the security checks. Terminal 1 offers souvenirs and gifts from The Travel Store, news and books from Virgin Relay, and typical Canadian products such as delicious maple syrup from Tastefully Canadian. Terminal 3 shopping opportunities range from gifts at Arctic Nunavut and Toronto Marketplace to fashion and accessories from Traveller and Occhiali de Sole.
Food and drink: Travelers won’t go hungry at Toronto Pearson International. Both terminals have a number of delicious eating options both before and after security. Some favorites in Terminal 3 include Eurobar, Occhiali da Sole and Panopolis for great meals and light snacks. For a quick juice or caffeine fix head to The Toast of Queen Street or The Cafe Bar. Travellers using Terminal 1 can choose from HogTown Bar and Grille, TO’s, Casa Bacardi Bar, Via Della Bici by Casey’s, Yorkville Juice Gallery and Tim Horton’s.
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