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Land

Bus

  • Long-distance buses operate from the art-deco Metro Toronto Coach Terminal.
  • Greyhound Canada (greyhound.ca) has numerous routes from Toronto. Megabus (ca.megabus.com) has a smaller, and cheaper, selection of destinations. Advance tickets offer significant savings; online sales often close two hours before departure.

  • Union Station downtown serves as the bus and train depot for GO Transit (www.gotransit.com), the commuter service of the GTA.

  • Parkbus offers limited seasonal departures to the Bruce Peninsula, Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks, Georgian Bay Islands and Elora Gorge. The range and frequency of service keep expanding: check the website for latest details.

Greyhound Bus Information

DestinationCostDurationFrequency
Hamilton$9.501hr2 daily
London$35-392-4hr11 daily
Montréal$558-9hr5 daily
Niagara Falls$181½-2hr6 daily
Ottawa$645-7hr7 daily
Sault Ste Marie$11211hr1 daily
Sudbury$735hr1 daily
Thunder Bay$22721hr1 daily

Car & Motorcycle

  • Toronto is wrapped in a mesh of multilane highways, frequently crippled by congestion. The Gardiner Expwy runs west along the lakeshore into Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) to Niagara Falls. At the city's western border Hwy 427 runs north to the airport. Hwy 401 is the main east–west arterial and is regularly jammed. On the eastern side of the city, the Don Valley Pkwy connects Hwy 401 to the Gardiner Expwy. Hwys 400 and 404 run north from Toronto. A GPS is strongly recommended.
  • All major car-rental agencies, such as Avis and Enterprise, have desks at Pearson airport and offices downtown and throughout the city. Book in advance for best rates. Cars sell out on busy summer weekends.
  • Smaller independent agencies offer lower rates, but may have fewer (and older) cars. Wheels 4 Rent rents compact cars from around $39 per day excluding taxes.
  • For long-distance trips, try Auto Drive-Away Co, a private vehicle relocation service for Canadian and US destinations.

Train

  • Grand Union Station downtown is Toronto's main rail hub, with currency-exchange booths and Traveller's Aid Society help desks. The station is under renovation (but still operational) with completion due between 2017 and 2018.
  • VIA Rail plies the heavily trafficked Windsor–Montréal corridor and beyond.

  • Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) trains link Toronto's Union Station with Buffalo ($57, 4½ hours, one daily) and New York City ($156, 13½ hours, one daily).
  • GO Transit (www.gotransit.com) trains and buses also use the station with an ever-expanding network of destinations including Kitchener, Hamilton, Barrie and other Ontario locations, often with the cheapest rail fares.

Via Rail Train Information

DestinationCostDurationFrequency
Kingston$902½hrfrequent
London$692hr7 daily
Montréal$1095¼hr6 daily
Niagara Falls$242hrseasonal, infrequent
Ottawa$1084½hr8 daily
Sudbury Junction$967hr1 daily
Vancouverfrom $72583hr3 weekly