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Getting to Toronto

Located on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario, Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America by road, air, rail and water. Toronto is only a one-hour drive away for about five (5) million Canadians, and within a 90 minute flight for 60% of the US population.

By Air:

Toronto has two major airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport, located in the suburbs about 30 minutes away from the city centre, and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, also known as Toronto Island Airport.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

  • Canada’s busiest airport providing service to over 180 destinations around the world
  • Distance from city centre: 27 km / 17 miles (approx. 30 minutes)
  • For more information, visit the Toronto Pearson International Airport website

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)

  • Located minutes from the heart of downtown Toronto
  • Offers service to over 18 cities in Canada and the US, with connections to more than 80 international destinations
  • For more information, visit the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport website

Toronto Pearson International Airport and downtown Toronto is only $9 with the UP Express Group Program

  • UP Express is more than just the promise of a fast 25 minute ride. Travellers are at the centre of everything UP does—from free Wi-Fi on trains and in stations courtesy of CIBC, airline check-in kiosks where you can print boarding passes, baggage tags, personal outlets to charge devices and up-to the-minute flight information.
  • For information on UP Express please visit
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Visitors entering Canada must clear Canada Customers border security upon entry. For visitors travelling by road, Toronto’s nearest Canada-US border crossing are Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Windsor.

Entry into Canada:

Visitors to Canada require a valid passport and many require a visitor’s visa. For information on visa requirements and exemptions please check with the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.

To check online – go to: and click “Visit” from the menu.

Attendees from the USA may check entry / exit requirements to Canada outlined in the U.S. Department of State Consular Information website. Proof of citizenship must be provided.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an eTA, for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.

Starting August 1, 2015, eligible travellers can apply online for an eTA. On March 15, 2016, this entry requirement will become mandatory and travellers will need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada.

Find out more about Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). (

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