Pearson International lies
just minutes from the
city's waterfront and features almost 31 million annual passengers.
This is almost double the passenger traffic of Vancouver Airport, the
country's number two. Pearson international is also around the
air facility in the whole world and each years enjoys more than 400,000
take-offs and landings, and shifts over half a million tons of freight.
Sited just 27 km / 17 miles northwest of city centre, Pearson
international is particularly close to the suburbs of Downsview,
Malton and Rexdale, and also reasonably close Burlington, Cambridge,
Hamilton and Kitchener.
Several options exist for getting downtown from Pearson:
transportation from Pearson
International, unfortunately, is not a great choice. From the Pearson
International, GO Transit offers bus service eastbound into north of
(@40 minutes). To get to downtown in city, travelers would have to get
a connecting bus or subway. Total travel time to downtown in city
from Pearson International using public transit is
to 2 hours.
Taxis to hotels in downtown in city cost between Cdn$40 and Cdn$50,
plus tip, and take about 30 - 40 mins. The City licenses the
taxis that service Pearson International to ensure
safety standards and fare consistency. Rates are predetermined based on
the time and distance to your destination within the Greater Toronto
Area (GTA). Taxis are available outside of every terminal and there is
typically a taxi stand where you will be directed to a taxi. For
destinations outside of the GTA, travelers are charged per kilometer
(1.6 km = 1 mile). For example, the rate for a taxi to Niagara Falls is
about Cdn$165 plus tip. Rates are based per car, not per passenger. To
return to Pearson International from city, taxis
will charge you the metered rate.
Express Shuttle takes about 40
minutes to reach downtown of city and costs about Cdn$17 one way (plus
tip). The Express Shuttle runs from the arrivals terminal at
Pearson International to downtown of city hotels every 40
minutes between 4:15 am and 11:10 pm.
Money and communications: Bureaux
ATMs, telephones and Internet access facilities can be found
in both terminals.
There are numerous shops out here, including duty-free.
and left-luggage facilities are available in
both terminals. Trolleys are available throughout the terminals and
parking garages. Both terminals also have lost and found services (tel:
(416) 776 7749 for Terminal 1 or 776 7751 for Terminal 3)
facilities: A counseling
service is available for all
passengers. Multi-denominational chapels, medical emergency clinics and
baby change facilities are located in all terminals.
This city is huge, and most roads run for very long distances. Use
transit if your destination is downtown. Otherwise, it is probably
easier to drive. Be aware that the highways regularly backup during
rush hour (7am-10am and 4pm-7pm). City has plentiful parking garages
downtown but these are usually expensive.
City has a very large transit system, the third most heavily used in
North America (after New York City and Mexico City). It consists of
buses, streetcars, which are confined to the centre of the city, the
subway, and the Scarborough Rapid Transit, a quasi-subway. Buses and
streetcars are prone to get caught in city's notorious traffic
during rush-hours. Also, scheduling issues with streetcars have
resulted in chronic "bunching" where one might wait for thirty minutes
at a stop, and then 4 streetcars will arrive bunched together. In
contrast to this, the subway system is quite fast and efficient; the
subway lines extend well into the suburbs and have spurred a great deal
of high-density, high-rise development in far-flung neighbourhoods that
would not otherwise have had any large-scale development. A prime
example of this is the neighbourhood of North York, filled with
high-rise development right on top of three subway stations. As a
result, the subway is the easiest, fastest and most efficient way to
get around the city.
There are three subway lines and one "RT" line:
This line runs through a large number of neighbourhoods, Kennedy
Station is on Eglinton in working-class Scarborough and is surrounded
by large apartment blocks, it is a major transit hub for TTC buses in
Scarborough and also connects with GO Transit commuter trains.
The Yonge-University-Spadina line runs in a U formation, travelling
north-south along Yonge Street and meets the Sheppard line at
Sheppard-Yonge station and the Bloor-Danforth line at Bloor-Yonge, St.
George, and Spadina stations.
The Sheppard line runs in an east-west direction along Sheppard Avenue.
It meets the Yonge line at Sheppard-Yonge station and terminates at Don
Mills Station in the east.
The Scarborough RT runs from the eastern end of the Bloor-Danforth line
at Kennedy Station, through central Scarborough to McCowan Station. As
its name suggests, this line serves the mainly working-class suburb of
Taxis are plentiful and safe, but not
cheap. As with most big cities,
driving a car downtown can be annoying; parking is often hard to find
and expensive, and traffic along certain streets can make vehicle
travel slower than mass transit. Ask when getting into the cab for a
"flat rate" and you will most likely get a deal and the meter will
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