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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 30th-busiest 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, Etobicoke, Malton and Rexdale, and also reasonably close Burlington, Cambridge, Hamilton and Kitchener.
Several options exist for getting downtown from Pearson:

Public Transit: Public transportation from Pearson International, unfortunately, is not a great choice. From the Pearson International, GO Transit offers bus service eastbound into north of city (@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 about 1.5 to 2 hours.

Taxis: 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: The 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 de change, ATMs, telephones and Internet access facilities can be found in both terminals.

Shopping: There are numerous shops out here, including duty-free.

Luggage: Porter service 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)

Other 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 public 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.
Subway & LRT
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 Scarborough.


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 remain off.

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