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Getting to Collision – transport in Toronto

Niamh O'Connor
Published on January 29, 2019
Familiarising yourself with a new city can take time, and you’ll want to avoid spending valuable Collision hours on the wrong bus. We’ve put together a Toronto transport guide to help you overcome that map-induced stress on your way to the Enercare Centre.

Airport to Downtown Toronto

You’ll be flying into one of two airports and making your way downtown. See below for directions from both airports.

Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Taxi: There is no shortage of taxis on the ground floors of Terminals 1 and 3. Prices and times will naturally vary depending on your destination but you can see an average below.
Cost – $60
Time – 30 mins

Union Pearson Express: The quickest route to and from Pearson. Union Express services begin at 4.55am and run every 15 mins until 1am and will get you there in less than half an hour regardless of traffic.
Cost – $24.70 (Adult Return)
Time – 25 mins

Public transit: This will take a little extra time and a couple of route changes, but gives your wallet a well-deserved break. Take a look at the TTC website’s “Trip Planner” function for an exact route to your destination.

Cost – $3
Time – approx. 75 mins to Downtown Toronto

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport/ Island Airport (YTZ)
Taxi: You’ll have no difficulty securing a ride from the airport door, and the price won’t make you flinch.
Cost – $20
Time – 20 mins

Shuttle bus: A complimentary shuttle bus runs from the mainland pavilion at Billy Bishop to Union Station on York Street (west entrance of Royal York Hotel). Services begin everyday at 5am (5.30am on Sundays) and the final shuttle leaves the ferry terminal at 12.07am (8.45pm on Saturdays).
Cost – FREE
Time – 15 mins

Public transit: Billy Bishop isn’t served directly, but nearby streetcars serve locations across Downtown Toronto, including major subway stations. Walk across the parking lot, turn left, and walk to the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and Bathurst Street. Here you can hop on the 509 (to Union Station) or 511 (taking you to Bathurst Station). These streetcars will also take you to Exhibition Place, the stop for the Enercare Centre.
Cost – $3
Time – 25 mins

Navigating the city

Taxis: Taxis are readily available, especially in the downtown area. While many taxis will accept debit/credit cards,they are not required to, so it’s advised to carry cash. It’s common to tip between 15-20% of the cost of the journey.

Uber: If you’ve been living on this planet for the last few years, you’ll be familiar with Uber. It’s quick, easy and a great way to keep payments electronic, with a receipt emailed to you at the end of every journey. Download the app here.

TTC (Toronto Transit Commission): Toronto has an amazing public transport system that will get you from A to B cheaply and efficiently. It includes a subway system, bus routes and streetcars.

Keep the following in mind when travelling to the Enercare Centre via public transport:
Streetcar: Routes 509 and 511 both stop at Exhibition Place. Use the Strachan Avenue stop, which will leave you right outside the venue.

Bus: Take the Bloor subway to Dufferin Station, and from there take the #29 bus to Exhibition Place.
Alternatively, you can take the 121A/C Fort York-Esplanade to Princes’ Gates Loop.

Train: If travelling by GO Transit (public transit service for Greater Toronto and Hamilton area), get off at the Exhibition GO station. More info about GO Transit here.
The TTC website offers a variety of passes, including daily, weekly and monthly, as well as passes for specific regions.
You can purchase tickets and passes at any subway station and at specified fare seller locations, listed on the TTC website.

Bike Share Toronto: Cycling is one of the best ways to see a city, and Toronto is no exception. Bike Share Toronto offer low cost 1 and 3 day passes to help you to see the city from a different perspective.

There is a dock located on Prince’s Boulevard outside the Enercare Centre, making cycling one of the most convenient ways to get to Collision.
You can view a map of Bike Share’s docks around the city here.

You’re in a new city, take the time to look around. If you’re looking for some tips, we’ve noted some of our favourite spots in our Toronto city guide.

See you at Collision!