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Transfer Options from Toronto Airport to Downtown

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How to get from Toronto Airport to Downtown

When making the 30 km journey from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Downtown, you have three different transfer options; taxi, bus or train. Taking a Toronto airport taxi is one of the quickest options, but it's also the most expensive. It will take only 30 minutes to reach Downtown Toronto by taxi and will cost 40€ ($60 CAD). Another highly convenient option is to take the Union Pearson Express train, which will get you from Toronto Airport to Union Station in just 25 minutes and costs 8.30€ ($12.35 CAD) for a one-way ticket. Your final and least convenient option is to take the public bus. The 900 Airport Express bus will take you to Kipling subway station and from there you can take the subway to Downtown. The total journey time for the bus is 75 minutes and tickets cost just 2.20€ ($3.25 CAD) one-way.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Train €16.60 25min 05:27–00:57
Taxi €40 30min 24/7
Bus €4.40 75min 05:30–02:00

How to get from Toronto airport to Downtown

One of the fastest and easiest ways to get from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Union Station in Downtown Toronto is to take the Union Pearson Express train. This direct train takes just 25 minutes to reach the heart of Downtown and costs 8.30€ ($12.35 CAD) one-way.

How much is the train from Toronto airport to Downtown?

A one-way ticket from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Union Station on the Union Pearson Express train costs 8.30€ ($12.35 CAD) one-way. Children under 12 years of age travel for free. You can purchase your ticket online, using the UP Express app or from the UP Express customer service counters in Terminal 1 or 3.

Cost

8.30€

Trip Duration

25 Min

There's a waiting time of up to 15 minutes.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Union Pearson Express train runs from 05:27 to 00:57

Where do I get it from?

The UP Express train station is located in Terminal 1 at Toronto airport. You can easily find the UP Express train station located next to the Terminal Link Train by following the "Train to City" signs. If you land in Terminal 3, simply take the free Terminal Link Train to Terminal 1 and follow the "Train to City" signs.

Convenience

Taking the Union Pearson Express trains from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is one of the most popular ways to get to Downtown Toronto as it's fast, easy and cheap. The UP Express will drop you at Union Station and from there you can walk, take a taxi or the subway to your hotel.

Editor’s Note

For a little added comfort, the Union Pearson Express train comes fully equipped with high speed WiFi, power outlets, luggage storage and tray tables.

Useful Tips

Children under 12 years of age travel for free.
The UP Express train makes stops at Weston and Bloor before ending it's journey at Union Station.
The Union Pearson Express train has WiFi available on board and in the station so you can check flight details or let your loved ones know you arrived safely to Toronto.

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How to get from Toronto Airport to Downtown

Taking a Toronto airport taxi from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Downtown Toronto is one of the quickest and most convenient transfer options. The total journey time will be around 30 minutes depending on traffic levels and will cost a flat rate fee of 40€ ($60 CAD). Taxis are available 24/7 at the Toronto airport, so you shouldn't have any problem finding one, even if you have an extra early or late flight.

Taxi fare from Toronto airport to Downtown

Taxis from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) have a set rate fee to Downtown Toronto based on Zones. The fee to the central Downtown ring is 40€ ($60 CAD), whereas to outer zones such as Kitchener or Waterloo the fee will be slightly different.

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Convenience

Although slightly expensive compared to the other transfer options, taking a Toronto airport taxi from Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Downtown Toronto is one of the most convenient modes of transport. You don't need to worry about navigating public transport or changing lines, and you know that all of your personal belongings are safe and secure while traveling.

Editor’s Note

The flat fare for taxis from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Downtown Toronto are based on zones. The inner Downtown area is split in two zones, with one costing $60 CAD and the other costing $50 CAD. However, taxi rides to the zones around the inner Downtown circle may cost more or less; as it depends on their distance from the airport and popularity.

Useful Tips

Make sure your driver knows which downtown zone you wish to travel to so he can give you the correct price.
It is customary to tip your driver 10-15% if you enjoyed your taxi ride.
There are also more luxury taxi cabs available at Toronto airport known as Limos. Be aware that these cars have a much higher fee.

How to get from Toronto airport to Downtown

Taking a bus from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Downtown Toronto may be the least convenient and slowest transfer option, but it's also the cheapest. If you're traveling on a budget and don't mind the 75 minute journey time, you can take the 900 Airport Express bus which stops in Kipling subway station. You will then need to take the Subway Line 2 to Downtown Toronto. Tickets cost 2.20€ ($3.25 CAD) for the entire journey and the bus leaves every 10 minutes from Toronto airport.

How much is the bus from Toronto airport to Downtown?

Even though you switch from the 900 Airport Express bus to the Subway Line 2 at Kipling subway station, the 2.20€ ($3.25 CAD) ticket covers both legs of the journey. You can purchase your ticket from the driver on the bus if you have exact change (the driver never gives out change) or from one of the TTC or GO Transit vending machines in Toronto airport.

Cost

2.20€

Trip Duration

75 Min.

There's a waiting time of up to 10 minutes

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The 900 Airport Express bus is available from 05:30 to 02:00 Monday to Saturday and from 08:15 to 02:15 on Sunday.

Where do I get it from?

As the 900 Airport Express TTC bus stops at both Terminal 1 and 3, all you need to do is follow the signs for "ground transportation/public transport/public transit" to find it. The TTC bus stop is located on the Ground Level in Terminal 1 and Arrivals Level in Terminal 3.

Convenience

Taking the 900 Airport Express bus is by far the slowest and least convenient way to travel from Toronto airport to Downtown. Not only do you need to navigate Kipling subway station to change from the TTC bus to Subway Line 2, but you also need to carry around your luggage and expose your personal belongings to the public.

Editor’s Note

Your 2.20€ ($3.25 CAD) TTC ticket for the 900 Airport Express bus also covers the journey from Kipling subway station to Downtown Toronto, so you don't need to purchase an extra ticket at the subway.

Useful Tips

Keep an eye on your personal belongings throughout your journey.
The 900 Airport Express bus runs less frequently on Sundays (08:15 to 02:15).
Be sure to have exact change if you wish to purchase your ticket on the bus as the driver doesn't give change.

Frequently asked questions

Is there a train from Toronto airport to downtown?

Yes, the highly convenient Union Pearson Express train runs from Toronto Airport (YYZ) to Union Station in downtown Toronto every 15 minutes from 05:27 until 00:57. The total journey time will be around 25 minutes and the cost of a one-way ticket is just 8.30€ ($12.35 CAD). The Union Pearson Express train leaves from Terminal 1 at Toronto Airport so if you land in Terminal 3, you will need to take the free Terminal Link shuttle.

How do I get from Pearson to downtown Toronto?

You have three different transfer options to reach Downtown Toronto from Pearson International Airport (YYZ). Your first option is to take the Union Pearson Express train which takes just 25 minutes to reach Union Station and costs 8.30€ ($12.35 CAD) one-way. Alternatively, you can take a taxi which has a flat rate of 40€ ($60 CAD) and will take around 30 minutes depending on traffic. Finally, you can take the public 900 Airport Express bus to Kipling subway station and take the Subway Line 2 to downtown Toronto. This final transfer option takes the longest at 75 minutes, but costs only 2.20€ ($3.25 CAD).

How much is a taxi from Toronto airport to Downtown Toronto?

Taxis at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) have set fees to downtown Toronto. The fare of your taxi ride will depend on which zone in Downtown you're traveling to, but will be between $50 to $60 Canadian dollars.

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