Toronto Stories and Tips

Getting Into and Around Toronto

==Getting Into The City==

Most trips to Toronto will start from the city's major airport; Lester B Pearson International (airport code YYZ). It is Canada's busiest airport and is the hub for Air Canada, so you would think that it might be difficult to get around, but that is not the case. Once you have cleared immigration and entered the arrivals lounge, there are clear signs pointing you to the various ways of getting into the city.

Probably one of the easiest ways to get to the city is by taxi. There are hundreds of licensed taxi right outside the arrivals area, so you don't need to book and you certainly won't need to wait very long at all. It will cost you between $45 and $60 to get into down town Toronto, depending on exactly where you are staying. The taxi driver should be able to give you an exact price before you set off.

The alternative way to get to the city is via the Downtown Express bus which operates between the airport and various locations in the city, it operates for 20 hours a day, every day of the year and runs every 20 minutes during peak times and every 30 minutes off peak. It costs around $24 for a single trip and $40 for a return trip.

If you need to get between the different terminals at the airport, there is a free train called the Link that operates all day every day, so it is easy to get around. This is also quite handy if you are actually staying at one of the airport hotels.

==Getting Around The City==

Toronto is a big sprawling city, so whilst you can enjoy wandering around the individual areas on foot, you won't be able to get everywhere without more than a few blisters.

The fun way to get an introduction to the city is to try a Hippo Tour. You do a complete lap of the main tourist spots in about seventy minutes before your amphibious carriage charges straight into Lake Ontario to give you a twenty minute boat ride. It is a lot of fun and is not too expensive at around $35.

The more practical way to get around is using the subway. Unlike many major cities, Toronto's underground train system is completely easy to use and not very expensive. It works in conjuction with the bus system so one ticket (which will cost $1.50) allows you to ride the subway and the bus for as long as it takes you to get to your destination. To make it even cheaper you can buy tokens at stations in bulk, handy if you are going to be using it a lot.

The other form of transport you will use is the ferry that takes you from the harbour front over to the islands in Lake Ontario. You should definitely head over there for the views alone, however there are plenty of things to do as well. The ferry tickets cost $6.50 and the ferries operate regularly throughout the day. They operate a restricted service during the winter months, so you are better of checking before you go.

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