Several highways, including Highways 2, 401, 407 and the Queen Elizabeth Way, link surrounding cities to Toronto. Nearest Canada-U.S. border crossings are at Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Windsor.
From the U.S.
|Atlantic City, NJ||912||567|
|New York, NY||851||529|
Toronto is served by two airports. Toronto Pearson International Airport, managed by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority is Canada’s principal airport with travel connections to every continent and ranks among the top 30 world airports in terms of passenger traffic and aircraft movements. There are over 76 scheduled and charter airlines currently serving Toronto Pearson International Airport and air carriers provide non-stop service to numerous destinations in Canada, the United States and the world.
Air Canada, Canada’s flagship carrier and a founding member of the Star Alliance, relies on Pearson International Airport as its major Canadian hub with a wide variety of domestic, U.S. and international connections. Visit TorontoEscapes.com for special offers and last minute deals to Toronto.
Air carriers serving Pearson International: Airlines operating out of Terminal 1 and Terminal 3.
New in 2015 – Take the UP Express (Union Pearson Express), a brand-new dedicated express rail service connecting Union Station to Toronto Pearson airport, departing every 15 minutes. Fares cost up to $27.50 depending on destination and type of pass. Go to UPExpress.com to find out more.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (formerly Toronto City Centre Airport) is one of the most convenient urban airports in the world. It is located on Toronto Island, minutes from the downtown core with links to the city by a short ferry ride and shuttle, and is served by both Porter Airlines and Air Canada. Porter provides a unique and personal flying experience with air connections to regional Canadian and U.S. destinations, including Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, New York City (Newark) and Chicago. Air Canada offers air access every business day, between Montreal and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (in addition to its connections between Montreal and Toronto Pearson International airport).
New in 2015 – the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pedestrian tunnel opens to the public on July 30, 2015, providing travellers with a fast, reliable and convenient access to the airport from the mainland. For more information visit PortsToronto.com.
Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)
Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an eTA, for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed.
Starting August 1, 2015, eligible travellers can apply online for an eTA. On March 15, 2016, this entry requirement will become mandatory and travellers will need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada.
Find out more about Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).
Flight Times From Major Cities to Toronto
|Atlanta, GA||2hrs, 20 min|
|Boston, MA||1 hr, 30 min|
|Buffalo, NY||55 min|
|Calgary, AB||4 hrs|
|Chicago, IL||1 hr, 30 min|
|Cleveland, OH||1 hr, 10 min|
|Dallas, TX||3 hrs, 25 min|
|Detroit, MI||40 min|
|Halifax, NS||2 hrs|
|Los Angeles, CA||5 hrs, 20 min|
|Miami, FL||3 hrs|
|Minneapolis, MN||2 hrs, 10 min|
|Montreal, QC||1 hr, 10 min|
|New York, NY||1 hr, 30 min|
|Ottawa, ON||1 hr|
|Philadelphia, PA||1 hr, 30 min|
|Pittsburgh, PA||1 hr|
|San Francisco, CA||5 hrs, 20 min|
|Vancouver, BC||5 hrs, 10 min|
|Washington, DC||1 hr, 30 min|
|Winnipeg, MB||2 hrs, 30 min|
|Frankfurt, Germany||7 hrs, 25 min|
|Hong Kong, China||7 hrs, 25 min|
|London, England||7 hrs|
|Osaka, Japan||13 hrs, 10 min|
|Paris, France||7 hrs, 25 min|
VIA Rail and AMTRAK bring visitors into the heart of the city each day. Toronto’s Union Station is centrally located downtown and connects to the subway by underground tunnel.
Niagara GO Train is a summer weekend excursion train from Union Station to Niagara Falls with stops in Port Credit, Oakville, Burlington, St. Catharines and Niagara Falls. The ride takes approximately 2 hours from Union station to the Niagara Falls station.
Borders & Customs
Canada has one of the most advanced customs organizations in the world and our borders and the processes we have in place to manage them are critical to our ability to provide Canadians and visitors to Canada with the security and opportunity they expect. Visitors entering Canada must clear Canada Customs border security upon entry.
Entry Into Canada
When you enter Canada, a Canada Border Services Agency officer may ask to see your passport and a valid visa, if one is necessary. For information about documentation required and border procedures please visit the Canada Border Services Agency’s website.
Meeting and Convention Attendees: You may be asked for proof that you are attending a meeting or convention and it may be useful to have a copy of the meeting agenda and/or registration on hand. This may also be useful when returning to the U.S. should a similar question be asked.
There is no requirement within the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act or Regulations making it mandatory for persons seeking entry for work or business purposes to provide a letter on company letterhead stating the purpose for their visit, duration of stay and a Canadian contact name, address and phone number. This can certainly facilitate the process, as this includes a lot of the information that a Border Services Officer would need to make an appropriate assessment on the application for work in Canada as to whether or not all requirements are met for entry, including whether or not a work permit is required.
Bringing Children Into Canada
Children 15 years of age and under are now required to show proof of citizenship (a certified copy of their birth certificate is acceptable). They are not required to show photo ID. If you are travelling with children, you should carry identification for each child. Divorced parents who share custody of their children should carry copies of the legal custody documents. Adults who are not parents or guardians should have written permission from the parents or guardians to supervise the children. When travelling with a group of vehicles, parents or guardians should travel in the same vehicle as the children when arriving at the border. Customs officers are looking for missing children and may ask questions about the children who are travelling with you.
Returning to the United States
Every 30 days, returning U.S. citizens are allowed to bring back $800 (retail value) in merchandise duty-free, provided they have been out of the U.S. for 48 hours. This amount can include:
- one carton of cigarettes
- 100 cigars (not Cuban)
- two kilograms of smoking tobacco
- one litre of liquor, provided the buyer is 21 years of age
If the length of the stay is less than 48 hours, $200 in merchandise may be taken back to the U.S. duty-free (including up to five ounces of alcohol and 50 cigarettes). The following items are not permitted into the U.S.:
- Cuban or Iranian products
- fruits and vegetables
- uncooked grains
Goods bought in Canada but manufactured in the U.S. are duty-free and not included in the basic exemption. Original handmade crafts and works of art are also exempt; however, a receipt of purchase may be required. For further information on U.S. customs regulations, please visit CBP.gov.