Whether you live in Toronto or outside Toronto, this guide will help you to commute between the city and Toronto Airport, also known as Pearson Airport.
Most people have already gone to Toronto Airport in Taxi or Limo or hired a Taxi or Limo from Pearson Airport or City Airport, Melbourne Airport Taxi Service also known as Porter Airport (in Downtown). The goal behind writing this brief but practical guide is two-fold:
To create awareness about various options available to commute between city and Pearson Airport
To offer tips for hiring a Taxi or a Limo so that you are able to reach safely and in timely manner without spending a fortune.
Most visitors coming to Toronto end up taking a taxi or limo from Toronto Pearson Airport to go to Downtown. Some go to their friends or relatives who live in places other than Downtown. Hence, we will cover the points related to entire city.
This series of articles will also offer tips related to accommodation in Toronto, Air fares and how to get deals, places to visit, events, shows and attractions now on but most important, information about offers and discounts which are legitimately available but not taken advantage of. If one becomes conscious, one can save almost fifty percent of the total cost one incurs in any trip.
To begin with, let’s talk about Toronto Airport Taxis and Limos. That is your first need at Pearson Airport once you land. This is valid for those who hire airport taxi to go to Pearson or porter airport.
There are six most common ways of getting to and from Toronto Airport.
Mini Van (if there are 4 or more passengers with 4 or more check in bags)
Airport Express Bus
TTC (Public Transit).
If you are looking for a Taxi or Limo or Mini Van, all of them are available from both terminals. (Currently there are only 2 Terminals – Terminal 1 and Terminal 3). Terminal 1 has Air Canada flights (both domestic and International). Some other flights on Terminal 1 include United Airways, US Airways, Emirates, continental, Jet Airways, etc.
If you looking to go to Downtown, following information is relevant.
Toronto Airport Taxi
Time Duration: 30 to 60 minutes depending upon the time of the day. During rush hour (7am to 10 am and 4 pm to 7 pm), it may take up to 1 hour. Make sure there is enough time, especially if you are going to Toronto Airport. Porter Airport is in downtown and hence it may take 15 to 30 minutes depending upon where you are in Downtown.
The cost of hiring a taxi would be in the range of $45 to $58 depending upon the company plus the tip. If you want to save money, you may explore on internet and you will find that there are some companies willing to offer you a discounted flat rate.
The flat rate taxi will give you peace of mind regardless of the route taken, especially if you are a visitor to Toronto.
Most companies will offer you the flat rate which will also include the tax element. Then you may tip anywhere in the range of 5 to 20 percent depending upon how happy are you with the service.
If you are not conscious about the cost, then you may follow the signs to the Limo queue at both the terminals. Typically, you may end up paying at least 20 to 30 percent more for the same ride.