Planning some Ontario travel? What are your best routes? Plane, train and bus.
Several Ontario airports welcome international and domestic flights.
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Pearson is Ontario’s largest airport and the best-known Toronto airport (see below for Island airport). It’s located 27 km north-west of Toronto, which is Ontario’s largest city and the capital of the province of Ontario. Air Canada and many other international airlines fly from international centres direct to Toronto International Airport. If you’re coming from within Canada, many domestic airlines use this airport as well. For a list of which airlines fly out of here, go to http://www.gtaa.com.
Toronto Island Airport (YTZ)
This is a small airport situated on an island just off the shore of downtown Toronto. You can fly here from the United States and several cities in Canada via Porter Airlines.
Airport site: http://www.torontoport.com/Airport.asp
Ottawa International Airport (YOW)
Ottawa is Canada’s capital. AirCanada and other airlines offer direct flights from London UK and cities in the United States, as well as many cities in other provinces of Canada.
Airport site: http://www.ottawa-airport.ca/index-e.php
John C. Munroe Hamilton International Airport (YHM)
Hamilton is a mid-sized city half-way between Toronto and Niagara Falls. This is a small airport located about 30 minutes by car outside of Hamilton.
Flights from cities in other parts of Canada and in the United States are through WestJet, a Canadian airline.
Airport site: http://www.flyhi.ca/index.shtml
London International Airport (YXU)
Northwest Airlink offers flights from Detroit.
Westjet offers flights from Winnipeg and Calgary.
Airport site: http://www.londonairport.on.ca
Waterloo Airport (YKF)
Westjet flies out of here to Western destinations like Vancouver, Victoria, Regina, etc. Bearskin Airlines flies to and from Northern destinations like Sudbury and North Bay.
Airport site: http://www.waterlooairport.ca
Taking the train is another great Ontario travel option. VIA Rail provides service from cities across Canada to Ontario.
For visitors from the USA:
If you’re coming from anywhere along the Buffalo-New York City route, you can take the train to Niagara Falls Canada and then onward to Toronto and other parts. The first leg of your journey will be with Amtrak and the second leg will be with VIA Rail personnel.
If you’re coming from the Detroit area you can cross the border over to Windsor Ontario and then catch a VIA Rail train to Toronto or Ottawa, etc.
For service routes and fees see www.viarail.ca.
For trips within Ontario, see my article on train travel in Canada.
Travelling by bus is usually your most affordable Ontario travel option. A handful of different companies serve various parts of the province. Greyhound Bus Lines offers trips from many cities across Canada and in the USA to cities in Ontario. Check the Greyhound bus site at http://www.greyhound.ca/en. Coach Canada is another line (http://coachcanada.com/). GO Transit is the government-run line and it serves Toronto and surrounding cities with both train AND bus lines.
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