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Here you will find all of the necessary information to make the best of your time in Toronto. From arrival and departure information, daily tour pick up times, and general information about the city.

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Arrival Information:

When arriving in Toronto, please make your way to the arrivals exit. Immediately outside the exit door there is a taxi stand. As of 2021, airport to downtown Toronto hotels fares will oscillate between CAD $55-75 per taxi depending on time of service and traffic conditions. Taxis accept all major credit cards, CAD and USD.

If we have arranged your hotel private transfer, you will find your driver holding a sign with your name right at the passenger exit.

Uber and Lyft are also available in Toronto, depending on the type of service/vehicle the trip from the airport to your hotel will cost between CAD $95 – 105. If you’re at Terminal 1, your driver will meet you downstairs on the ground level outside of Door Q. Look for the blue curb. If you’re at Terminal 3, your driver will meet you on the Arrivals Level outside of Door D on the outer curb. Follow the signs to cross the street and wait at the blue curb at Zone 3. If you can’t find your driver, contact them through the app.

If you are going to be in the airport for a long duration and require services to freshen up, the Plaza Premium Lounge offers comfortable furnishings, flat screen televisions, fresh food and a selection of hot and cold drinks. It’s located in terminal 1, near boarding gate D20.

Union Pearson Express runs from Pearson Airport to Union Station in downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes. Adult one-way fare from Pearson to Union is $12.35. Children under 12 years of age ride free. For more info visit Union Pearson Express

If you are a visitor to Canada and you are not a citizen of the USA, you may be required to purchase an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). This document can be purchased for CAD $7.00 and most applications are approved within minutes of applying. Please visit the following government site for information and to purchase this eTA: Electronic Travel Authorization.

Departure Information:

When departing from Toronto, your hotel front desk staff will be happy to request a taxi. As of 2021, airport to downtown Toronto hotels fares will oscillate between CAD $55-75 per taxi depending on time of service and traffic conditions. Taxis accept all major credit cards, CAD and USD.

If we have arranged your airport private transfer, you will find your driver waiting for you at the hotel lobby at the scheduled time.

Uber and Lyft are also available in Toronto, depending on the type of service/vehicle the trip from the hotel to the airport will cost between CAD $95 – 105.

Union Pearson Express runs from Union Station in downtown Toronto to Pearson Airport in just 25 minutes. Adult one-way fare is $12.35. Children under 12 years of age ride free. For more info visit Union Pearson Express

If you are going to be in the airport for a long duration and require services to freshen up, the Plaza Premium Lounge offers comfortable furnishings, flat screen televisions, fresh food and a selection of hot and cold drinks. It’s located in terminal 1, near boarding gate D20.

Restaurant Recommendations:

Being Toronto the biggest Canadian city, it offers a wide array of world and domestic cuisines. Here are some of our restaurant recommendations:

TOCA ~ Offers seasonal, locally sourced ingredients on an Italian menu, plus there’s a cheese cave. Smart casual attire.
Address: 181 Wellington Street, West (inside the Ritz-Carlton)

El Catrin Destileria ~ A trendy restaurant with elevated Mexican small plates, tequila and a heated patio. Casual attire.
Address: 18 Tank House Lane

Momofuku Noodle Bar ~ David Chang’s hip take on ramen, steamed buns and more. Casual attire.
Address: 190 University Avenue

The Shore Club ~ An elegant seafood and steakhouse with a lively cocktail bar. Smart casual attire.
Address: 155 Wellington Street, West

Patria ~ Award winning authentic upscale Spanish tapas eatery, vinos and special drinks from all Spain’s regions. Casual attire.
Address: 478 King Street West

Sightseeing Recommendations:

Our team at Canada Rail Vacations has put together a list of our favorite spots to check out, whether you are exploring the city on your own or you are riding one of the Hop on Hop off bus tours available in downtown Toronto.

City Sightseeing’s Tour of Toronto – Hop on Hop off Bus Tour Tips
We typically suggest our guests to book a tour on the  City Sightseeing’s double-decker bus tour, but there are others available. Your Hotel concierge or front desk staff will be happy to help you booking this tour.  These are our tips for the tour with this company.

The fun starts at Yonge-Dundas Square; just look for the red London-style, open-top buses – you can’t miss them! Enjoy the panoramic views of the whole city from up high, and witness the Canadian lifestyle in full swing as we pass some of Toronto’s liveliest areas.

At bus stop #7 you will find Casa Loma, a grand Gothic-style home built in the early 20th century. Visit the museum to learn all about the history of this beautiful city.
For something a little unusual, you can visit the Bata Shoe Museum at bus stop #9. Although it might seem like an odd tourist destination, it will be sure to put a smile on your face as you discover how footwear has evolved in Canada over time. It may not be as you think!

The Royal Ontario Museum features art, world cultural and natural history exhibits, and is located at bus stop #10.

Chinatown is well worth a visit at bus stop #11, where the Canadian lifestyle meets Asian culture. There’s an amazing buzz in this busy area. This stop is also close to the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest art galleries in North America.

Standing at over half a kilometre high, you won’t miss the CN Tower, a signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, accessible at bus stop #14 and #16.

If you are a big sports fan then we recommend visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame at bus stop #18; it is, of course, a museum dedicated to the world’s best ice hockey players.

The St. Lawrence Market (a major public market) is nearby at bus stop #19 and you can follow that up with a stroll down the pedestrian-only cobblestone streets of the Distillery District at bus stop #20.

For no extra cost, City Sightseeing includes a guided boat tour that explores 14 small islands in Lake Ontario (operational May through October). You can relax on the boat’s upper deck as you make your way across the Inner Harbour, and explore the canals and lagoons around the islands. With 360º views, you will see the Wildlife Sanctuary, the Toronto Island Marina and Forestry Island – just a few of the sights visible from the boat.

Rent a Bike

It is possible to navigate downtown Toronto and its Lake Ontario harbour by bicycle if you are feeling up to it. Ask your hotel concierge for the closest rental company and the most popular destinations.

Off the Beaten Path

There are many things easily accessed from the Hop on Hop off bus tour route. Here are a few additional places that may require a short walk or taxi ride from the bus stops or your hotel:

Saint Paul’s Basilica – 83 Power Street
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Museum – 106 Trinity Street
Toronto Railway Museum – 255 Bremner Boulevard
Toronto’s Old City Hall – 60 Queen Street
Legislative Assembly of Ontario – 111 Wellesley Street West
Fort York National Historic Site – 250 Fort Street
Allen Gardens – 160 Gerrard Street East
Sugar Beach Park – 11 Dockside Drive
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada – 288 Bremner Boulevard
Graffiti Alley – The best parts are between Augusta Avenue and Spadina Avenue