Traveling is expensive enough as it is, before you even begin to factor in all of the other costs that pile up atop an airline ticket and hotel reservation. To help save money and to avoid the hassle of having to find and pay for parking, consider taking public transit when you're heading to or from Toronto's major airport, rather than a taxi or ride sharing service.
There are several options available for people from Toronto and the GTA who want to use the TTC to travel to Toronto Pearson International Airport, but there are also airport transit options available from Ontario's inter-regional public transit system, GO Transit. Read on for more information for using GO Transit to get to and from the airport for the next time you travel.
GO Buses Serving Toronto Pearson International Airport
The Route 40 - Pearson Airport Express is an express bus which travels between Hamilton GO Centre, Oakville Carpool Lot at Trafalgar/ Hwy 407, Square One, Pearson Airport and Richmond Hill Centre Terminal (Hwy. 7 & Yonge). It stops at Terminal One at the ground level.
This bus runs hourly on weekdays and weekends, and every 30 minutes during weekday rush hours. The trip from Hamilton to Pearson Airport is around one hour, from Oakville it's around 30 minutes and from Mississauga the trip is around 15 minutes.
Route 34 is a local bus serving Brampton, Bramalea, Malton, Pearson Airport, and North York. It also stops at Terminal One on the ground level. The route operates seven days a week, with start and end times varying based on what station you're aiming for. Route 34 Travels between Finch GO Terminal, Yonge St at Sheppard Ave., Yorkdale Bus Terminal and Pearson Airport.
- Quick tip: If you're going to use Toronto's public transit system to get to the GO Station in the first place, note that there are special fare options for when you're making connections between GO Transit and the TTC. And don't forget, GO Transit accepts the PRESTO Card as a fare payment option.
Travel Options to and from Billy Bishop Airport
If you happen to be traveling to or from Billy Bishop Airport, take the GO Train or GO Bus to Union Station and then from Union Station, Porter Airlines offers a free shuttle to the airport ferry. The shuttle picks up and drops off passengers just west of Union Station on Front St (at the southwest corner of Front and York Streets, in front of the Casey's). Running express to and from the ferry terminal, the shuttle runs about every ten minutes.
Taking the UP Express
You also have the option of taking Toronto's UP Express to and from Pearson Airport from various points in the city, including from Union Station, Bloor Station (Bloor St. and Dundas St. West, just north of Roncesvalles) and Weston Station (Weston Rd. and Lawrence Ave.) The UP Express pulls directly into Toronto Pearson's Terminal One and on the train you'll find free Wi-Fi, luggage racks and charging stations for electronic devices, making for a comfortable ride.
GO Transit fares are calculated based on the distance you are going to travel. To check the fare for your trip and to check the current schedules for GO Transit trips to and from Toronto Pearson International Airport, visit the official GO Transit website.
In terms of where to put your luggage, most GO Buses have under-floor luggage compartments available for riders to use.