If you fly into Toronto, some hotels will provide pick-up service at the airport, however it is also easy to get to any of the downtown hotels using Toronto transit buses and the subway or the new UP Express train which operates between Pearson Airport and Union Station.
Bus and Subway - Least expensive option, but slower
Bus #192 Airport Rocket serves Terminals 1 and 3 with quick express service to Kipling Station on the Bloor-Danforth Line. From there you can take the subway into the downtown core; transferring to the Yonge-University-Spadina Line at Spadina or at Bloor-Yonge Station as needed to get to your hotel.
Service on this route is limited by the subway hours which are from 6:30 am and 1:30 am every day except Sunday service starts at 9:00 am. Frequency is between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the time of day. If you need late night / early morning service, you can take the 300A Bloor-Danforth bus which parallels the Bloor-Danforth line into downtown Toronto.
Total travel time to downtown is usually about 1 hour including connections during the day or 45 minutes late at night via the direct 300A Bloor-Danforth bus.
For more information on airport transportation between Toronto Pearson International Airport and downtown Toronto by bus and subway see TTC Airport Transportation.
Union Pearson Express - More expensive, but quick and convenient
More convenient and faster than the bus-subway combination, the Union Pearson Express train will get you into downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes, which is great, but, for two people or a family, it can rival the cost of sharing a cab. It is quicker than a cab, especially when traffic is heavy, which, in Toronto, is most of the time. It is especially convenient if you are carrying alot of luggage with you, as the trains provide a place to stow your luggage during your trip.
The UP Express operates every 15 minutes and has just two stops between Union Station and the Airport, one at Weston Road And Lawrence Avenue West and the other at Bloor Street West and Dundas Street West where you can connect to the Bloor-Danforth Subway line. The first train departs at 5:27am and the last at 12:57am.
You will find the station located at Terminal 1 adjacent to the Link Train platform which connects Terminal 3 and Terminal 1. If you're arriving on a domestic flight you'll need to make your way to Terminal 1 via the Link Train. The Union Pearson Express service counter can be found in Terminal 1 International Arrivals level hall.
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