Many attendees will be flying – either domestically or internationally. Toronto has two airports that serve the area: Pearson International (located just north of the city, near the 401) and Porter Airport (located downtown).
Whichever airport you choose to fly into/out of, there are some things to consider:
- Time of Day: Toronto has two pretty difficult “rush hour” windows. If possible, you should avoid having to travel during these windows as they will greatly extend the travel time you’ll need to allocate to ensure that you have enough time to make your flight. In the morning, this time period is between 7:30 and 9:30am and in the evening, from 3:30 to 6:00pm. If your flight does leave during these windows, especially if you are flying out of Porter, we’d recommend that you add time to your travel. Of course, we don’t need to just guess – Google Maps will help you allocate time appropriately.
- Public Transit Options: Both airports offer ways to travel to and from the conference on public transportation.
- Porter: You can take the TTC from the airport to the conference, or to your hotel, in about 30 mins. A one way trip on the TTC currently costs $3.00 and it is recommended to have cash fare on hand.
- Pearson: You can take the TTC, or the UP Train, from the airport to the conference, or to your hotel, in about 60 mins. The Union Pearson Express runs every 15 minutes. Once you are at Union station, you’ll transfer to the TTC to travel to your destination. You can purchase tickets for the UP Express in advance, online.
- Cab or Airport Limo Options: Both cabs and airport limos are readily available to transit from either Pearson or Porter to the your destination. There is a flat rate taxi charge, which helps to remove the stress of any possible traffic complications. This fee is approximately $55.
So, how to make your decision? If you’re tight for time, and your destination is served via Porter, this might be a great option for you. However, Porter’s flights are limited, which means that you’ll be flying via Pearson. No problem – just buffer your travel with a bit of extra time.