Public transport in Toronto is fast, safe and reliable, consisting of an integrated system of subways, buses and streetcars that reach every part of the city, as well as a light rapid transit (LRT) line extending to the Harbour. The subway is easy to use, with only two major lines, and the buses and streetcar stations are next to every major stop, taking over where the subway leaves off. Fares are standard and a single fare will take you anywhere on a single trip; tokens can be used to avoid the hassle of having to pay with exact change. To freely change from one form of transport to another, get a transfer slip when paying for the fare. The subway operates from 6am to 1:30am, the buses and streetcars from about 5am to 12:30am (both start at 9am on Sundays), and the Blue Night Network services main street routes after 1:30am. The Request Stop Program allows women travelling alone late at night to get off the bus anywhere in between stops. Taxis are always available and ferries travel to the Toronto Islands. Driving a hired car is not recommended due to traffic congestion and expensive parking.
GMT -5 (GMT -4 from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November).
Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin plugs and a plug with a third round grounding pin are standard.
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change will change cash, as will some hotels. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are widespread. US Dollars are largely accepted.
The international access code for Canada is +1. The outgoing code is 011 followed by the relevant country code. The outgoing code is not necessary for calls to the US and the Caribbean. Internet cafes are widely available. Most international mobile phone companies have roaming agreements with Canadian operators, however it will be cheaper to buy a pay-as-you-go SIM card if visiting the country for long periods.
|New Years Day||1 Jan||1 Jan|
|Good Friday||18 Apr||3 Apr|
|Easter Monday||21 Apr||6 Apr|
|Victoria Day||19 May||18 May|
|Canada Day||1 Jul||1 Jul|
|Labour Day||1 Sep||1 Sep|
|Thanksgiving Day||13 Oct||12 Oct|
|Remembrance Day||11 Nov||11 Nov|
|Christmas Day||25 Dec||25 Dec|
|Boxing Day||26 Dec||26 Dec|
The climate in Toronto is moderated by its proximity to the Great Lakes (in particular Lake Ontario). Summer tends to be hot and very humid, while winter is severe, with heavy snowfall. The average maximum temperature in January is 28°F (-2°C), while the average maximum temperature in July is 80°F (27°C). Rainfall tends to occur throughout the year, but summer, though the sunniest season, is also usually the wettest. Autumn is perhaps the best time to travel to Toronto, as temperatures are less extreme than summer or winter, with mild days and cool nights.
The LINK Train offers free transportation between Terminals 1 and 3, the Sheraton Gateway Hotel and Viscount Station. Several companies, including Coach Canada and Greyhound Canada, provide bus and shuttle transit services to and from the airport into Toronto and surrounding areas. The airport is also easily accessible on various public transportation routes with providers such as Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) and GO Transit. The 24-hour Airport Express bus picks up passengers from the arrivals level of all terminals and services the downtown bus terminal and major downtown hotels.
Car rental is available on Level 1 of the parking areas adjacent to each terminal. Rental companies include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Thrifty, Hertz, National and Alamo.
There are authorised taxis available outside the arrivals halls. A taxi to the city centre will take approximately 40 minutes and cost about C$50.
A 24-hour courtesy shuttle bus links the three terminals. The Airport LINK train system also operates a 24-hour free service between Terminals 1 and 3, as well as to the Value Parking Lot.
All three terminals are well-supplied with facilities, including bureaux de change and ATMs, internet access, shops and duty-free outlets, hotel reservation services, bars and restaurants, and children's play areas.
Parking at Toronto B. Pearson International Airport ranges from C$3 for 20 minutes, or C$90 per day in the Express Car Park, to C$15 per day or C$70 per week in the Value Park Lot. The Daily Park Lot costs C$28 per day and is within walking distance of Terminals 1 and 3.
Free wifi is available on the 'Toronto Pearson Wifi' network.