Toronto Pearson International Airport Guide (YYZ)
Canada’s largest and busiest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport serves Toronto, the capital of Ontario province. The airport is named in honour of Lester B. Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada. Our Toronto Pearson International Airport guide provides information on services, accommodation and transportation in and around the airport site.
Construction of the Union Pearson Express railway station at Terminal 1 commenced in 2013. Once complete, it will bring fast, reliable rail connections from downtown Toronto. Regular services between Union Station and Toronto Pearson are due to start in spring 2015.
Information desks are located on the arrivals levels of both terminals. Uniformed assistants are also on hand to help with enquiries.
The airport's LINK train offers free transportation between Terminal 1, Terminal 3, the Sheraton Gateway Hotel and Viscount Station with stops at the Value Park Lot, Value Park Garage and the ALT Hotel. The train runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and is wheelchair accessible.
From central Toronto, follow the Gardiner Expressway westbound and turn north on Highway 427. The airport is clearly signposted from this road after around 10km (6 miles).
Bus:Public bus services are provided by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) (tel: (416) 393 4636 or 866 642 9882; www.ttc.ca). The 192 Airport Rocket provides an all-day accessible service between the airport and Kipling Station on the Bloor-Danforth Subway (journey time: 20 minutes; fare: C$3), from which travellers can take the subway to downtown Toronto.
The Airport Express (tel: 800 387 6787 or (905) 564 3232; www.torontoairportexpress.com) is a 24-hour service running to downtown Toronto and several major hotels (journey time: 45 minutes; fare: around C$30 according to destination, tickets can be purchased in advance online).
There are other bus and coach services to Toronto and the surrounding areas. Information is available from the ground transportation desks in the arrivals hall of each terminal.
Taxi:The tariff for taxis and limousines to/from the airport is based on metered rates, with updated tariffs and company listings available on the airport website. The general fare to central Toronto is around C$50.
Free Wi-Fi internet is accessible within the terminals. Postboxes are located in the departure areas.
There is a good selection of bars and restaurants throughout the airport, both pre- and post-security. These include everything from Italian eateries and burger joints to Irish-themed pubs.
There are numerous shops at Toronto Pearson International Airport. The options pre-security in Terminal 1 includes a newsagents and a travel accessories store, while in Terminal 3 there are a handful of the expected souvenir shops. The post-security areas of both terminals offer a more varied selection, including duty-free outlets.
A porter service and left-luggage facilities are available in both terminals. Trolleys are located throughout the terminals and parking garages. Both terminals have lost and found services (tel: 866 207 1690), and winter clothing storage is available for those heading to warmer climates.
There is a choice of five premium lounges at the airport. A fully equipped business centre and meeting space for up to 300 delegates is available within the Sheraton Gateway Hotel (tel: (905) 672 7000; www.starwoodhotels.com) located at Terminal 3.
There are lifts, ramps, disabled toilets and TTY telephones in all terminals. The inter-terminal LINK train and Terminal Link bus are wheelchair-accessible and disabled parking spaces are provided in all car parks. When making a flight reservation, travellers should notify the airline of any special assistance requirements. For more information about airport accessibility, contact the terminal information services (tel: (416) 247 7678).
There are more than 15,000 car parking spaces at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Short-term parking is located in car parks linked to both terminals – the Express Car Park at Terminal 1 is only available for stays of up to three hours. There are reduced rate, long-stay car parks on Viscount Road and Airport Road; these are connected to the airport terminals by the free LINK train. A ‘cell phone waiting lot’ is available for drivers picking up arriving passengers.
Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz and National/Alamo are represented at counters on level 1 of the car parks linked to the terminals. Discount, E-Z Trans Canada, Fox and Payless are among the companies located off-site. Pre-arranged courtesy vans transport customers to the off site hire car offices. Alternatively customers can use the free LINK train to reach the site.