Toronto Pearson International Airport
Toronto Airport is the busiest airport in Canada, approximately 30 million passengers use the airport each year. It was opened in 1939 under the name ‘Malton Airport’ and was renamed Toronto International Airport in 1960. Another new name change followed in 1984, since then it has been officially called Lester B. Pearson International Airport in honor of the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.
In order to capture the growing flow of passengers, there was a lot of hard work done on expanding and improving the airport, this renovation was completed in 2008. To finance this, there is a surcharge calculated into your ticket of $20.00 for departing passengers and $8.00 for through travelers.
There is a free LINK shuttle train going between the three terminals.
Prices are given here in Canadian dollars, €1.00 = CAN $1.46 (November 2006).
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Airport transfers & parking
There is no train connection with the airport.
Car and bus
The airport is 32 kilometers west of the center of Toronto and is easily accessible by highway 409 that connects to highway 401, the airport is also accessible by highway 427. The exits to the airport are easily indicated. You can see for yourself which terminal your airline uses on the signs along the highway.
There are several bus lines between the airport and Toronto. Line 192 from the Toronto Transit Commission (tel: +1(0)416 393 4636) is a shuttle connection (Airport Rocket) to the metro station Kipling (Bloor-Danforth metro line). TTC-bus line 58A goes to the station Lawrence West (metro line Spadina). GO Transit maintains express buses to stations York Mills and Yorkdale.
There is a special hotel shuttle bus (Pacific Western Airport Express), and at night there are buses between the airport and several destinations in Toronto (i.e. Danforth Avenue, Bloor Street, Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue).
Car rental - Toronto Pearson International Airport
Car rental companies: Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Hertz and National/Alamo have counters in the Arrivals Hall, outside the airport there are two more: Discount and Enterprise. You have to reserve the free shuttle bus in advance for these companies. You can also reserve a rental car in advance using the service EasyTerra provides, they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Taxis are in front of all terminals and must adhere to the official rates. You can find the rates on the airport website, for destinations in Toronto.
There are parking garages by all terminals that directly connect to the airport. The rates for parking in the garages are $3.00 per half hour, with a maximum of $24.00 for the first day and $120.00 for the whole week.
Just outside the airport is a large parking area, Reduced Rate Lot, the rates are $2.50 per half hour, the maximum per day is $14.50 and per week is $65.00. The LINK-train goes between this parking area and the terminals.
Facilities & services
There is one hotel in the terminal Sheraton Gateway Hotel, in Terminal 3 (tel: +1(0)905 672 7000). There is a large range of hotels around the airport, including: Best Western Toronto Airport West (tel: +1(0)905 670 8180), Hilton Toronto Airport (tel: +1(0)905 677 9900), Holiday Inn Toronto Toronto Airport East (tel: +1(0)416 240 7511), Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Toronto Airport (tel: +1(0)416 242 7400), Renaissance Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Center (tel: +1(0)416 675 6100), Toronto Airport Marriott (tel: +1(0)416 674 9400) and Travelodge Hotel Toronto Airport (tel: +1(0)416 674 2222). For more hotels and to reserve online you can go to Booking.com, they have a large range of hotels with great internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
There are many bars, cafés, restaurants and shops, The majority are in Terminals 1 and 3. There are also a few in Terminal 2 (for destinations in the United States). The branches of Roost/Swiss Chalet are restaurants with services.
In Terminals 1 (tel: +1(0)416 776 7749) and 3 (tel: +1(0)416 776 7751) there are offices for lost and found items. The service is not limited to lost and found items at the airport, but also in the buses of the Greater Toronto Transport Authority (GTAA).
Ambassador Porter Services (tel: +49(0)416-776-2247) provides porters, you can also request one online.
There are general information counters in all terminals (tel: +1(0)416 247 7678) for Terminals 1 and 2, (tel: +1(0)416 776 5100) for Terminal 3.
You can find business facilities in the Sheraton Hotel at the airport. There are 24 fully furnished meeting and conference rooms for a maximum of 300 people. The Best Western Hotel also offers extensive facilities for business travelers.
Toronto Pearson Airport has excellent accessibility for the disabled. In all terminals there are wheelchair ramps, adapted elevators, restrooms and text telephones.
All parking garages and the large parking area outside the airport have places reserved for disabled people, the shuttle train is accessible for wheelchair users.
There is a bank in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2, furthermore, there are money exchange offices, ATM's and a post office. Internet access is available. Every terminal has its own medical service, the largest is in Terminal 1 (tel: +1(0)416 776 2840). There is also a psychologist available in crisis situations (tel: +1(0)905 676 4396).
Airport Contact Information
Toronto Pearson International Airport
P.O. Box 6031
3111 Convair Drive
Ontario L5P 1B2
Telephone, fax, email
Telephone: +1(0)416 776 3000
Fax: +1(0)416 776 7593
Contact Toronto Pearson International Airport
IATA airport code: YYZ
ICAO airport code: CYYZ