Editor’s note: based on an article by Randi Druzin at Rotary International. I have added more information.
After you land at Pearson International Airport for the 2018 Rotary International Convention in Toronto, from 23 to 27 June, there are many ways to get into the city.
You could take a taxi or airport limo. If you want to tour the area on your own, you could rent a car. But you could also save money by taking the express light rail train or public transportation.
Toronto Transit Commission’s unlimited passes cost $12.50 for a day or $43.75 for a week (seniors $34.75).
The Union Pearson Express (UP) departs the airport for Union Station every 15 minutes. A round-trip ticket for the 25-minute ride is CA$24.70; seniors pay half that amount. It is also the fastest way to get to line 2 (Bloor-Danforth Subway line) Use the Bloor stop, but there is a short walk from one station to the next. The trains have excellent storage for luggage.
You might instead take one of the buses run by the Toronto Transit Commission (commonly known as the TTC). The 192 Airport Rocket will get you downtown in 45 minutes.
You can also take the GO Bus Route 34 from Terminal 3 to the subway at Yorkdale Terminal for $6.95 or $3.50 senior. For a slightly higher fee, it also goes to the Finch Terminal on Yonge St.
The TTC includes a vast system of buses, subways, and streetcars.
- Printable Subway Map (500kb)
- Interactive Subway Map
- System Map
- Streetcar Map
- Downtown Map (900kb)
- Blue Night Network Map (625kb)
You can use all these services during a one-way trip as long as you have a paper transfer. Each trip is $3.25 in cash; $3.00 for a minimum of three tokens or tickets and $2.10 cash seniors and students or $2.00 for a minimum of three tokens. Another option is a Presto Card.
To plan a trip use on the TTC use Triplinx.
If you plan on exploring Toronto during the convention, you can buy a day pass that provides unlimited travel around the city for a day ($12.50) or a week ($43.75, seniors $34.75).
One Route to Avoid
Eglinton Avenue east and west of Yonge Street is under construction as a light-rail transit-subway route with the consequence that during the busiest times it can be very slow.