Travelling to Toronto can be accomplished in a variety of ways.
The Billy Bishop airport is located in the heart of downtown Toronto or otherwise known as Toronto Island or City Centre airport.
Just northwest of the city Toronto's Pearson International Airport hosts three terminals servicing a vast number of airlines and travel.
Buttonville airport in the Northern part of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) again hosts some local air traffic and many private flights.
Porter Airlines is currently the only carrier flying to and from Toronto Island City Centre Airport. There are several flights daily to and from:
- New York
- Quebec City
- Mont Tremblant
- Myrtle Beach
- St Johns'
- Thunder Bay
Due to the proximity of the airport to the core of downtown, Toronto Porter Airlines has enjoyed large success in its services. Again because of the current monopoly of Porter airlines at this location check in requires that you arrive only an hour prior to your flight as opposed to the larger Toronto International Pearson Airport, where International flights are requesting 2-3 hour check-ins prior to departure.
Once arriving at the Billy Bishop airport passengers head up the escalators and onto a ferry. A two-minute ride brings them to the airport security and check-in.
Once complete, passengers enjoy complimentary newspapers, beverages and snacks as they wait to board their plane. A most relaxing and enjoyable experience in travel that is a rarity in this day and age.
In contrast to that, Toronto relies heavily on the constant flow of traffic at its Pearson International Airport. With over 30 million passengers travelling through this airport in 2009 and close to 5 million already for the first quarter of 2010, the Toronto International airport or Pearson is a really busy place.
Serving about 30,000 flights monthly, tracking flight arrivals, departures and passenger safety is the work of many at three terminals in Mississauga, just northwest of Toronto.
Over 65 different airlines run out of the Pearson airport with most of them being a member of Star Allliance, One World, Skyteam, Air Canada and/or American Airlines along with a couple others.
These carriers fly to over 100 destinations each charging passengers an $8.25 airport improvement fee as the facilities are used. This is all built into a master plan to improve the facilities and its services by 2030.
Currently there are many local hotels, restaurants and businesses revolving around the airports hustle and bustle. Not forgetting to mention too the number of passenger services available i.e. shops, duty free shopping, in airport restaurants, cafes, lounges, games areas, parking and shuttles. There is also an Internet lounge in the facilities.
Toronto Airways Limited manages and runs the operations for the Buttonville airport. While not too many commercial flights are based out of this airport currently there are many flight services and charter flights that can be arranged. Flight services include training, pilot supplies and sightseeing tours.
Travelling to and from Toronto may also take the form of trains on the Via routes.
Union station in the heart of downtown Toronto is a major hub for Go trains, Via Rail transportation, subway cars, streetcars, and the destination of many long haul bus services.
GO trains travel within the parameters of the GTA, while VIA Canada can take you just about anywhere in Canada with its' team of over 19 train routes. VIA Rail is not the same as Canada VIA - a service that offers packages for those wishing to travel by train in Canada. With over 3,000 employees Canada Via and Via Rail Canada will offer you a spectacular travel Experience.
The GO train system connects to a series of bus routes allowing for a more convenient connect system of travel within Toronto and its surrounding areas. This service operates not only for tourists, but is used on a daily basis by many for their commute to and from work, school, and social events.
Toronto also has a few major bus carriers such as Greyhound that serves over 2,300 destinations and has 13,000 departures daily across North America. Popularized through movies, television dramas, and a relatively economical fare this is the most recognized name in bus travel worldwide.
These are the most used forms of travel to and from Toronto aside from the automobile. Toronto has a set of the 400 highways passing through north-south being HWY 400 or the 404 and east west being the 401 and not to forget Toronto's Electronic Toll Route (ETR) 407 that also runs east - west across the north of the city.
Indeed Toronto is a city that is very easy to access and we look forward to your visit when travelling to Toronto.