Getting to Toronto
Situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is one of the most easily accessible cities in Canada. Linked by excellent road, rail and air routes, finding your way to Toronto from locales both near and far is not difficult. This page provides detailed information on how to get to Toronto from within Canada, the United States and elsewhere worldwide.
For those of you traveling by road, Toronto is accessed via Canada’s main arterial Highway 401 which spans the length of the province of Ontario from southwest to northeast and is connected to other major highways including Highway 400 and the QEW (Queen Elizabeth II Way). For those traveling from the United States, Toronto is approximately 4 hours drive from Detroit, Michigan and 2 hours from Buffalo, New York. If you plan on arriving by bus, Toronto serves as an intersection point for major bus routes as well as regional bus lines.
Lester B. Pearson International Airport, located northwest of the city, is the hub for Canada’s major airline, Air Canada and is a major transit point for other North American and transcontinental airlines. Flights from the northern United States take approximately 1 ½ - 2 hours to reach Toronto.
Toronto is served by VIA Rail Canada, a nationwide system that operates the network of passenger rail service within Canada and provides connections to Amtrak through Detroit, Michigan and Niagara Falls, New York. Trains arrive and depart through Union Station which is located in downtown Toronto. Additionally, GO Trains running within the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) operate out of Union Station which also serves as a subway stop on Toronto’s TTC subway system.
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