By public transit bus: Toronto Transit Commission
(TTC bus)

From Toronto Pearson International Airport:

 Time

60 to 90 minutes

Cost 

$3.00 per adult

Web Site 

www.ttc.ca

There is no direct subway or train service to/from the airport, but regular, wheelchair-accessible city buses connect the airport with the subway system.  The Toronto transit system is safe and provides frequent service 365 days a year from around 5:30 am (8:30 am on Sundays) to 1 am.  Overnight, the airport is served by less-frequent night buses.

It's the cheapest way to get downtown.  However, there are no luggage racks on subways or buses except the 192 Airport Rocket bus itself, and drivers won't help with bags, so the TTC is not an ideal choice if you've got lots of baggage.

192 Airport Rocket

192 Airport Rocket

This is the fastest TTC route if you're heading downtown, since it runs express from the airport to Kipling subway station.  It serves the airport every 8-15 minutes and normally has luggage racks.

1. You can catch the 192 Airport Rocket bus on the lowest level of either terminal (column R4 in terminal 1, columns C8-C12 in terminal 3).

2. At Kipling subway station (the last stop on the bus), transfer to the eastbound Bloor/Danforth subway line.  Kipling has elevators and escalators.  As Kipling is the end of the line, downtown trains leave from either side of the platform.

3. For most downtown hotels, transfer to a southbound subway train at either St. George or Yonge station.  Elevators and escalators are available at both stations.

4. Make sure you find out the closest stop to your hotel in advance. Get off at the Union Station, for the Westin Harbour Castle hotel, see Google map below.  Note that not all subway stations have elevators or escalators.

5. Walking from union station to the hotel is about 800 m, see the google map.

 

 How to get to the hotel for SPM-on-SPM-2014 conference.

By GO train:

From Toronto Pearson International Airport:

For travellers making the connection between Pearson International Airport and Toronto Union Station.

Youth 12–25 and adults 60+ are entitled to an additional 5% discount, and children 12 years old and under can take the shuttle for free. Shuttle tickets can be purchased from VIA Rail (even without a connection to a VIA Rail train).Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable and your ticket or e-ticket must be presented when boarding the shuttle. VIA Rail cannot be held responsible and will not issue any credits for late arrivals or departures of Airport Express shuttles.

Pick-up Location: After landing at Pearson airport, go to the Airport Express Ticket Counter located in Terminal 1 – Arrivals Level, Curbside, Area “C” or Terminal 3 – Arrivals Level – Curbside, Area 25. The shuttle comes by every 40 minutes and will take you to Toronto Union Station.

More info:

For further information, call 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245) or 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired).

What about my luggage? Please note that travellers are responsible for transferring their own luggage. There is no porter service between the airport, shuttle and train. There is a weight limit per bag of 22 kg (50 lb) on the bus shuttle. Bicycles are accepted if boxed. Pets are accepted in proper cages if total weight (pet + cage) does not exceed 22 kg (50 lb).

Are you a traveller with reduced mobility? Airport Express bus shuttles are equipped with ramps and are accessible to wheelchair-bound travellers.

 

By Taxi or Shuttle bus or rental:

Airport Taxi & Minivans

From Toronto Pearson International Airport:

Time

30 to 60 minutes

Cost 

$55 + tip 

Web Site

www.torontopearson.com - Taxi Limo

Follow signs to the taxi queue (ignore any drivers who may approach you inside the terminal); it's typically a very short wait.  Credit cards are generally accepted, debit cards less so, but always best to check with the driver in advance.  Typically, you tip the driver 10-20%, usually 15%.

You can get back to the airport by simply hailing a regular city taxi -- the metered fare from downtown will normally run $50-$70 plus tip, although you can also ask for a flat rate. The taxi meter operates on both time and distance so if there is heavy traffic, the flat rate will be probably be a better deal.

 

Pacific Western Airport Express bus

From Toronto Pearson International Airport:

Time

45 to 90 minutes 

Cost 

One way fare: $26.95 per adult
Round Trip Fare: $39.95 per adult
(5% off if booked online, discounts for 2 or more people booked together)

Web Site 

www.torontoairportexpress.com

This coach service provides direct transportation to a number of downtown Toronto hotels (no downtown hotels offer free shuttle service.)  Buses run every 30 minutes, every day of the year.  The Airport Express bus serves to stop at the 1. Westin Harbour Castle

Although the Airport Express bus offers discounts for multiple passengers travelling together, for more than two adults it is not cheaper than a taxi from/to the airport.

 

Rental Car

From Toronto Pearson International Airport:

Time

45 to 75 minutes (pickup + travel) 

Cost 

Varies 

Web Site 

Toronto Pearson - Car Rentals 

Car rental desks are located on the first floor of the terminal parking garages.  See Toronto: Taxis & Rental Cars for more advice.  In addition to rental fees, expect to pay $20-$40/night for parking at downtown hotels.

Beware that signage out of the airport, to various parts of the city including downtown, can be woefully inadequate for visitors. The signs unhelpfully show highway numbers and directions, rather than destination names. To get downtown, look for and take Highway 427 South, then take the Gardiner Expressway East. You will see the downtown highrises as you travel east on "The Gardiner".

To travel to the North or East of the city, take Highway 401 East. This major thoroughfare gets very busy during rush hours.