Toronto Pearson International Airport is Canada's busiest airport, handling 25.9 million passengers in 2002. Established in 1939, Pearson Airport currently handles more than 1,200 arrivals and departures every day - or more than 383,000 aircraft movements last year. By the year 2020 - the number of travellers passing through the airport's gates is expected to reach 50 million.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
Toronto - Lester B. Pearson International Airport is operated by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), a private, not-for-profit corporation.
1280 AM CFYZ is the official radio station of Toronto Pearson. Tune in for information about arrivals, departures, weather and traffic
New Terminal 1
Routes to Terminal 1 are identified by yellow "1" signs
• The routes to Terminal 3 are identified by silver "3" signs
Lester B. Pearson International Airport offers over 11,000 public parking spaces. Those can be found at the three terminals in addition to meter, short term and a new on-airport reduced rate lot.
Want to rid yourself of the hassle of driving, there are a number of taxi companies that'll get you and your luggage to the airport. Most cabbies take credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, AmEx), but call beforehand and find out. Most taxi companies offer flat rates to and from the airport. A one-way trip on the meter is about $40 with tip. Again, try to avoid rush hour traffic. (back to top)
Taking the TTC (a.k.a. "The Better Way") will cost you significantly less than a cab, but you won't get there as fast and you'll have to lug your luggage from the bus and/or subway to the airport terminal. But if you give yourself lots of time, the ride can be relaxing. The 58A (Malton) bus, which you can grab from Lawrence West subway station, stops at the Terminal 2 Arrivals level. A TTC adult fare: $2.25. (back to top)
If coming from the city's west end, Mississauga Transit's No. 7 (Airport) bus leaves Square One Mall on weekdays every half-hour during peak periods, and every hour during off-hours and Saturdays. The airport bus stops at the Terminal 2 Arrivals level. Cash fare: $2.25. (back to top)
Airport Express services all three terminals and more than 16 hotels, subway, and major landmarks in the downtown core. Major centrally-located hotels (Royal York, Delta Chelsea, Sheraton Centre, Colony, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn on King, Metro Coach Terminal and Westin Harbour Castle are serviced every 30 minutes. Connecting service is available to locations east of Yonge Street for an added fee. This service connects from the Delta Chelsea by van every 30 minutes to the Days Inn, Bond Place, Comfort Suites, Ramada Suites and Primrose Hotel.
Maps and schedules of the shuttle routes are available at countless tourist locations around the city. Always allow for an additional 1 hour transit time, more if you are travelling during rush hour.
Downtown to/from airport - $14.95 one-way; $25.75 return.
For more information, call (905) 564-6333 or (905) 564-3232.
By GO Transit
GO Transit buses begin trips to the airport fromYork Mills Subway Bus Terminal at 5:40am and from Yorkdale Subway Bus Terminal at 5:50am on weekdays in a mostly hourly service with more frequent service during rush hour; the last bus leaves at 1:10am from York Mills and 1:20am from Yorkdale Subway Bus Terminal. Travellers can catch the bus from York Mills and Yorkdale subway stations. A one-way fare from York Mills costs $3.40 (significantly less than the Airport Express) for the 30-minute trip. Be sure to take the Brampton-Bramalea-Malton-Yorkdale-York Mills bus. GO Transit also offers weekend and holiday services to the Airport. (back to top)
By Inter-City Bus Service
Following is a list of the out-of-town bus operators serving Pearson Airport and the city destinations. Ground transportation information counters can be found on the arrivals level of each terminal. For information about routes, schedules and fares, please contact the bus operators directly.
Airlink Airport Service
Air York Inc.
(Waterloo Division) Tel: (519) 886-2121 Fax: (519) 886-2141
Canar Coach Service
Century Airline Service - (subsidiary of Coach Canada)
Classique Airline Service
Ontario Coachway - Quinte/Northumberland Airport Service
Northern Airport Service
Penetang-Midland Coach Lines
Red Car Airport Service
Simcoe County Airport Service
Trentway Wagar Inc. - (subsidiary of Coach Canada)
Information counters on each bus service can be found on the arrivals level of all three terminals.
If you're staying at one of Toronto's better hotels, chances are a complimentary hotel-airport shuttle service is offered. All you need to do is call the hotel's concierge and find out when and where the courtesy vans leave. Don't forget to slip the driver a five as a show of gratitude. (back to top)
Check out toronto.com maps -- a one-stop resource for useful transportation information, live traffic images and, yes, maps. (back to top)
Budget Car and Truck Rental
Hertz Canada Ltd.
National Car Rental
Thrifty Canada Ltd.
Off-airport car rentals are also available. While these agencies do not have counters located in the airport, their courtesy vans take customers to their offices outside the airport. Customers must pre-arrange for pickup. Please contact the car rental agencies for more information.
Alamo Rent A Car
Discount Car and Truck Rentals
Dollar Rent A Car
Routes Car & Truck Rentals
Arriving passenger information
Arriving from international and U.S. destinations: Canada Customs and Immigration
Canadian residents returning from the U.S.A. may present a birth certificate, baptismal certificate, landed immigrant card, or citizenship card as proof of residency, in lieu of a passport.
International and Canadian flights with connections to the U.S.
LINK is available at curbside on departures level of each terminal. Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible. Buses will be dedicated to two terminals only (i.e. T1 and T2, T1 and T3 or T2 and T3). Passengers will need to take the bus that is dedicated to the terminal they wish to be transported to.
Terminals 1, 2 and 3
Between the hours of 12:01am and 5:59am 2 buses will be routed to all three terminals, (i.e. T1, T2 & T3).
Departing passenger information•For flights within Canada, check in at least 60 minutes prior to departure
•For flights to the U.S., check in at least 120 minutes prior to departure
•For international flights, check in at least 150 minutes prior to departure
Canadian residents travelling to the U.S. may use photo identification in combination with a birth certificate, baptismal certificate, landed immigrant card, or citizenship card as proof of residency, in lieu of a passport. For inquiries, contact U.S. Immigration at (905) 676-2563.
Garment bags may be carried on board some aircraft, but must be soft sided and no larger than: length 112.5cm (45 inches), depth 11.25 cm (4.5 inches).
Suitcases: passengers are generally allowed two suitcases each with an average weight of 32kg (70 lbs) per bag. Please check with your airline or travel agent when purchasing your ticket. (back to top)
If you're like most people, you like to go shopping when you are travelling. But remember: when you bring goods across the border, there are rules to follow -- and usually duty to pay.
If you're a Canadian resident, you're eligible for a personal exemption, which allows you to bring a certain amount of goods into the country without paying any duty.
For a minimum absence of 24 hours you can claim goods worth up to $50 Canadian (excluding alcohol and tobacco). For 48 hours, it's $200. And for seven days, it's $750. Children and infants are also eligible for personal exemptions; parents or guardians can make the declaration on behalf of the child, as long as the item is for the child's use.
Except for certain restricted items (such as firearms and explosives) you can bring back any amount of goods. But if the amount is more than that of your personal exemption, you'll have to pay duty and any provincial or territorial assessments that apply. And if you don't qualify for a personal exemption, you'll have to pay duty on the entire amount of the goods you bring in.
•You can't combine your exemption amount with another person's or transfer your amount to someone else.
•Generally, your goods must be for personal or household use, gifts or souvenirs. Goods brought in for commercial use or on behalf of another person are subject to full duties.
•Smuggling is an offence that can result in severe penalties and prosecution.
Alcohol and tobacco
There are some special restrictions on tobacco and alcohol. These two goods can be included in your 48-hour or seven-day exemption amount, but not in your 24-hour amount. If you do have these goods, they must accompany you in your hand or checked luggage (i.e. they can't precede or follow you by mail or other means).
Revenue Canada's conditions on tobacco:
• up to 200 cigarettes
If you bring in more than the free allowance, you will have to pay the duties that apply. In some cases, provincial or territorial limits and assessments may also apply.
Revenue Canada's conditions on alcohol:
up to 1.5 litres of wine or 1.14 litres of liquor, or 24 355-ml (12-ounce) cans or bottles (8.5 litres total) of beer or ale.
You may bring in more than the free allowance of alcohol, except in the Northwest Territories. However, the quantities have to be within the limit the province or territory sets and, in most cases, you have to bring the alcoholic beverage with you.
If you bring in more than the free allowance, the cost may be high, since you will have to pay both customs and provincial or territorial assessments. For more information, check with the appropriate provincial or territorial liquor control authority before you leave Canada.
If you are arriving in Canada by plane, you will be given a traveller declaration card to fill out. This helps speed up the customs process. Make sure you and any children travelling with you have proper identification, as well as any documents required by the country you visited.
For more information on customs and duties, you can go to Revenue Canada's website.
Call or visit your nearest Revenue Canada office
General inquiries: (416) 973-8022, (416) 676-3643 (weekends and holidays)