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Getting Here
 



By Air

Toronto is served by two airports. Toronto Pearson International Airport, managed by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority is Canada’s principal airport with travel connections to every continent and ranks among the top 30 world airports in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements. There are over 76 scheduled and charter airlines currently serving Toronto Pearson International Airport. Air carriers provide non-stop service to 26 Canadian and 42 United States (transborder) destinations and same-plane service to 56 other International cities.

Air Canada, Canada’s flagship carrier and a founding member of the Star Alliance, relies on Pearson International Airport as its major Canadian hub with a wide variety of domestic, US and international connections. Visit www.torontoescapes.com for special offers and last minute deals to Toronto.

Air carriers serving Pearson International:
Airlines operating out of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (formerly Toronto City Centre Airport) is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world.  It is located on Toronto Island, minutes from the downtown core with links to the city by a short ferry ride and shuttle, and is served by both Porter Airlines and Air Canada.  Porter provides a unique and personal flying experience with air connections to regional Canadian and U.S. destinations, including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, New York City (Newark) and Chicago. Air Canada offers air access every business day, between Montreal and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (in addition to its connections between Montreal and Toronto Pearson International airport).

Visit www.flyporter.com for current flight schedules and additional information on Porter.
Visit www.aircanada.com to search flights and for additional information on Air Canada.

Flight Times from Major Cities to Toronto:

Atlanta, GA 2hrs, 20 min
Boston, MA 1 hr, 30 min
Buffalo, NY 55 min
Calgary, AB 4 hrs
Chicago, IL 1 hr, 30 min
Cleveland, OH 1 hr, 10 min
Dallas, TX 3 hrs, 25 min
Detroit, MI 40 min
Halifax, NS 2 hrs
Los Angeles, CA 5 hrs, 20 min
Miami, FL 3 hrs
Minneapolis, MN 2 hrs, 10 min
Montreal, QC 1 hr, 10 min
New York, NY 1 hr, 30 min
Ottawa, ON 1 hr
Philadelphia, PA 1 hr, 30 min
Pittsburgh, PA

1 hr

San Francisco, CA 5 hrs, 20 min
Vancouver, BC 5 hrs, 10 min
Washington, DC 1 hr, 30 min
Winnipeg, MB 2 hrs, 30 min
Frankfurt, Germany 7 hrs, 25 min
Hong Kong, China 16 hrs, 30 min
London, England 7 hrs
Osaka, Japan 13 hrs, 10 min
Paris, France 7 hrs, 25 min
 
By Rail

VIA Rail and AMTRAK bring visitors into the heart of the city each day. Toronto's Union Station is centrally located downtown and connects to the subway by underground tunnel.

Niagara GO Train is a summer weekend excursion train from Union Station to Niagara Falls with stops in Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. The ride takes approximately 2 hours from Union station to the Niagara Falls station.

 
 
By Road

Several highways, including Highways 2, 401, 407 and the Queen Elizabeth Way, link surrounding cities to Toronto. Nearest Canada-U.S. border crossings are at Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Windsor.

Within Canada

From Kilometers Miles
Kingston 266 165
Montreal 545 338
Niagara Falls 288 179
North Bay 346 215
Ottawa 453 281
Quebec City 790 491
Windsor 378 234



From the U.S.

From Kilometres Miles
Atlantic City, NJ 912 567
Boston, MA 906 566
Buffalo, NY 154 96
Chicago, IL 854 534
Cincinnati, OH 802 501
Cleveland, OH 476 297
Detroit, MI 378 236
New York, NY 851 529
Philadelphia, PA 813 508
Pittsburgh, PA 518 324
Rochester, NY 274 171
Syracuse, NY 390 244
Washington, DC 832 517
 
 
Borders & Customs

Canada has one of the most advanced customs organizations in the world, and our borders and the processes we have in place to manage them are critical to our ability to provide Canadians and visitors to Canada with the security and opportunity they expect. Visitors entering Canada must clear Canada Customs border security upon entry.

Entry into Canada
When you enter Canada, a Canadian Border Services Agency officer may ask to see your passport (and a valid visa, if one is necessary). If you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada. However, you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. If you are a permanent resident of Canada or the U.S, you should bring your Permanent Resident Card with you.

The Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada, Bermuda, and Mexico departing from or entering the United States by air, land or sea ports-of-entry to have WHTI compliant documents.
For more information on travel security, travel documents and border procedures, visit the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative website.

For more information on travel security and border procedures, visit the U.S. Department of State.

International Visitors: For specific information on travel documents required to visit Canada from countries other than the U.S., please refer to www.cbsa.gc.ca and www.cic.gc.ca.

Meeting & Convention Attendees: You may be asked for proof that you are attending a meeting or convention and it may be useful to have a copy of the meeting agenda and/or registration on hand. This may also be useful when returning to the U.S. should a similar question be asked.

There is no requirement within the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or Regulations making it mandatory for persons seeking entry for work or business purposes to provide a letter on company letterhead stating the purpose for their visit, duration of stay and a Canadian contact name, address and phone number. This can certainly facilitate the process, as this includes a lot of the information that a Border Services Officer would need to make an appropriate assessment on the application for work in Canada as to whether or not all requirements are met for entry, including whether or not a work permit is required. 


Bringing children into Canada
Children 15 years of age and under are now required to show proof of citizenship (a certified copy of their birth certificate is acceptable). They are not required to show photo ID. If you are travelling with children, you should carry identification for each child. Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents. Adults who are not parents or guardians should have written permission from the parents or guardians to supervise the children. When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should travel in the same vehicle as the children when arriving at the border. Customs officers are looking for missing children and may ask questions about the children who are travelling with you.

Returning to the United States
Every 30 days, returning U.S. citizens are allowed to bring back $800 (retail value) in merchandise duty-free, provided they have been out of the U.S. for 48 hours. This amount can include:

  • one carton of cigarettes
  • 100 cigars (not Cuban)
  • two kilograms of smoking tobacco
  • one litre of liquor, provided the buyer is 21 years of age

If the length of the stay is less than 48 hours, $200 in merchandise may be taken back to the U.S. duty-free (including up to five ounces of alcohol and 50 cigarettes). The following items are not permitted into the U.S.:

  • Cuban or Iranian products
  • fruits and vegetables
  • uncooked grains

Goods bought in Canada but manufactured in the U.S. are duty-free and not included in the basic exemption. Original handmade crafts and works of art are also exempt; however, a receipt of purchase may be required.


For further information on U.S. customs regulations, please visit www.cbp.gov.

 
 
Visitor Visa Information

Participants who are planning to attend an international event in Canada are strongly encouraged to submit a visa application (if one is required as far in advance as possible.

More information is available in the document "Important Information on Submitting Visa Applications and Biometrics Information - August 2013".

Read the PDF here: English | français | español.




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