Heading to Toronto soon? Here are the best ways to get here and get around.
Getting To Toronto
About 5 hours from Montreal, 4 hours from Ottawa-Gatineau and just over an hour from the US border, Toronto is a great weekend destination that will only take one tank of gas or less to get to. If you’re not up for the drive, here are a few other ways to get to Toronto.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is easily accessible to the downtown core. Jump on the UP Express train from the airport and you’ll be downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes.
Trip Idea: Stay close to the airport and enjoy free shuttle service from the airport to the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto Airport, DoubleTree by Hilton Toronto AirportWest and the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is conveniently located on Toronto Island in heart of Toronto. Take a quick 6 minute walk through the tunnel and you will arrive downtown Toronto.
If you choose to take the VIA Rail in and you’ll enjoy a scenic ride on your way to and from Union Station in Toronto all while relaxing and enjoying the down time.
If you’re looking to save a few dollars, Greyhound is a great option with many stops in Ontario, Quebec and the US.
Getting Around Toronto
Now that you’ve made it to Toronto you’ll find there are lots of ways to get around downtown and throughout the GTA. Here are 6 tips so you can get the most out of your trip.
1. Explore the GTA through Go Transit
The train and bus system connects Toronto’s downtown to the outskirts.
Trip Idea: Stay at the serene Hilton Garden Inn Burlington/Toronto and enjoy daytrips through Go Transit to both downtown Toronto (less than an hour) and Niagara (just over an hour). You can also stay at the family friendly Hilton Mississauga/Meadowvale which is minutes away from Meadowvale Go Station providing easy access to the train and bus network.
2. Take the UP Express
Not only is it great for getting from the airport to downtown Toronto, you can also catch this popular train from other stations throughout the city.
Trip Idea: Stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport West/Mississauga with your family where parking is free. Take a short drive to Weston Station, park free, and catch the UP Express downtown on a family pass. Take in the CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame and other great downtown attractions.
3. Walk through the PATH
Explore the world’s largest underground shopping complex. With 30km of shopping and entertainment downtown Toronto, you won’t run out of things to see. The system also connects to major attractions including The Hockey Hall of Fame, Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre, the CN Tower and more.
Trip Idea: Visit Toronto in the winter and avoid the cold by staying at the Hilton Toronto which is connected to the PATH.
4. Ride the TTC
Through the TTC, Toronto’s subway, bus and streetcar system, you can get to some of the best Toronto attractions including Canada’s Wonderland, Ontario Science Centre and the Toronto Zoo. Day Passes start at $12.50 and Family Passes are also available.
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