There are lots of options to get to downtown Toronto from Pearson Airport. Emma and Stewart present this Moving2Canada guide, so you can start exploring the city!
There’s a lot to do when moving to a new city. Working out how to get from the airport to your destination is probably not high on your priorities, but it’s important nonetheless.
In Toronto, like all big cities, the main airport — Pearson International — is miles from downtown. Without prior research, getting from this Toronto airport to downtown can be overwhelming. With a bit of research, however, you can plan a solution fitted to your needs and budget.
So read on for our lowdown on your options for getting out of Pearson Airport and making the first real steps on your adventure!
- If you’re new to Toronto, above to move, or just visiting, make sure to visit our complete Toronto city guide.
The UP Express is Toronto’s direct, 27-minute rail link between Pearson Airport and Union Station in the heart of downtown.
It is probably the easiest and quickest way into Toronto from the airport. The ride onboard is smooth, quiet and comfortable. There’s free WiFi, and ample space for big suitcases. The staff are very friendly and welcoming.
There are additional stops at Weston and Bloor along the way. The latter provides a chance to make a slightly convoluted transfer to the TTC subway and streetcar network (extra fare required at this point), if downtown isn’t your final destination.
Tickets can be purchased in advance, or from ticket machines at Pearson Airport, and an adult fare costs $12.
If you’ve arrived at Pearson’s Terminal 3, then follow the signs to ‘Train to city via Terminal 1’. Take the free shuttle train between terminals, and once at Terminal 1, look for the ‘Train to city’ signs.
Pros: Quick, comfortable, frequent, convenience and the ease of moving your luggage.
Cons: Cost compared to the TTC. Particularly, if there are many in your group, and if you need to transfer to the TTC.