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    Toronto Coach Terminal TCT

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Jan 23, 2012

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    The Toronto Coach terminal is located at 610 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 1M5; just 3 blocks North of City Hall.

    Here you find:
    -Coach Canada
    -GO Transit
    -Airport Express
    -Greyhound
    -Toronto Transit Commision

    Toronto Coach Terminal - Edward Street Toronto Greyhound bus waiting Coach garage at Elizabeth Street
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    "The Canadian" - Toronto - Vancouver

    by PeterVancouver Updated Dec 13, 2011

    As part of our overland and sea trip from London UK to Vancouver, we booked on Via Rail "The Canadian" train from Toronto to Vancouver

    This is Via's #1 service from Toronto to Vancouver, a journey of some 2,800-miles which means four nights on the train to complete the journey. The literature and advertising of this service seems excellent, but in my opinion, I feel that being such a well-known train, and therefore very popular with Canadians and tourists alike, appears to be run as more for the convenience of the railway company than the fare paying passenger.
    Whilst the literature advises that you can only bring hand luggage into your cabin, even that can be a problem with the miniscule size of the sleeper cabin. Having been overseas for five weeks prior to boarding the train, we were told by the rail ticket agent that our main cases would be too big to go with us in the cabin, and that we would have to check them in to go in the baggage car and that we would not be able to obtain access to them for the next five days until arrival. We were therefore left with just two airline regulation size hand luggage bags and even then, these only just about went under the lower bunk so clearly anything larger would be virtually impossible. This is in complete contrast to Indian overnight trains such as the Rajdhani Express from Delhi to Mumbai where even main cases will fit under the bunks and chairs and a table are standard fittings in each overnight cabin.
    For a trip that is going to cost in excess of $2000 per passenger each way, you travel in such cramped conditions, that I am sure many a prisoner would complain. It is virtually impossible to pass one another when the bunk beds are down without one of you diving onto the fold up bed. The carriages are of circa 1950’s and clearly are in need of urgent replacement which I believe Via Rail will be doing soon. In the cabin is a small metal basin again reminiscent of prison (not that I know too much about that!) and a small toilet cubical with poor ventilation. The showers are communal, with one at the end of each car.
    The departure and arrival times are none too convenient as the train doesn’t leave Union Station Toronto until around 22.00hrs at night which is a pain when most hotels are keen to get you to leave by noon or 15.00hrs latest. There is a waiting room for this service in Toronto Union station where you can wait to pass the hours away, but no rail staff are in attendance other than someone outside checking to see if you are valid to use the waiting room. Around 8.30 at night you are then asked to line up outside in two long lines where the poor girl has to repeat to each passenger in turn, all the details about meals and make a booking for them as it has to be in three shifts due to the lack of sufficient dining cars on the train.
    Why Via doesn’t have one member of staff on hand for a number of hours prior to departure in the waiting room to book people in as they arrive, deal with any questions, and make the meal arrangements is beyond me, as the whole process could then be done so much more leisurely for both staff and passengers.
    Due to the amount of people on the train, it is expected you share the tables of four, with other people for all meals, so over the five days and three meals per day, you meet a number of folk, some interesting some less so. The meals were adequate with a choice of two or three main courses yet within this expensive train fare, Via feel that they have to charge for a glass of mediocre wine with your meal. This was especially strange for us as on this journey from the UK to Vancouver, we had been on Via Rail from Montreal to Ottawa and then Ottawa to Toronto where on their normal business class ticket, good hot meals plus several glasses of free wine was provided, yet on their very expensive flagship service, the customer has to pay for wine?
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    "The Canadian" Winnipeg & Jasper

    We were informed that there would be two stops on our journey, one in Winnipeg for about three hours, and another in Jasper, where we were told that we would have to vacate the cabin we had been in for the past four days and move to another exactly the same, further up the train for the last night. None of the staff could explain why this had to happen, but by this time they had worn us down sufficiently that nothing surprised us. At the time of booking we were informed we could have just one stop over in the journey at no extra cost but that would mean a wait of two days for the next Via 1 train
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    Alberta and BC

    Fortunately we were aware that we simply were not going to see any of the most impressive part of the journey which is of course crossing the Rocky Mountains, as the train schedule unbelievably makes sure this fabulous part of the trip is done right through the night and as dawn approaches we are back into the flat Lower Mainland area of Abbottsford in BC, with the mountains fast disappearing in the distance. For our part we were not as concerned as we had already made the trip from Calgary in Alberta to Vancouver on the splendid Gold Service of Rocky Mountaineer Rail which ensures you see all of the majestic mountains in full daylight, but to many tourists on our train, missing the fabulous views across the Rockies was a great disappointment. Clearly some travel agents had made their clients aware of this situation as a huge party from the UK, disembarked from our train in Jasper and were due to take the daytime Rocky Mountaineer for the daytime trip to Vancouver the next day However not only are you then paying for the Via 1 train, but also have to add the costs of the even more luxurious Gold Service Rocky Mountaineer train to get to Vancouver.


    Upon arrival, in Vancouver which was around 9am, too early for many to be able to get their hotel rooms, our luggage arrived on the carousel only to find one of the new and unique and irreplaceable Queen Mary 2 baggage straps which we had purchased on the Atlantic crossing had been taken. There was no way this could fall off as even with the clasp undone, the strap had to feed through a tight loop in the case from which only determination could remove it plus in any event, the strap itself was fitted with a name and address tag. Everything within the case fortunately was intact, but I spent an eternity filling in a loss report in Vancouver Main line station and was part way through with the very attentive Via lady, when we were rudely interrupted by a male colleague of hers who insisted I step back to behind the counter very reminiscent of Customs Agents in certain areas of the world! An outcome of all this was that we were offered a $50 via rail voucher each, for the loss of the irreplaceable multicolored QM2 strap but as I pointed out, I was not interested in money, more the point being that I felt someone had deliberately taken this irreplaceable strap whist in the care of Via Rail in their baggage car. This was subsequently followed by a very friendly call from a Via rail member in Montreal saying she would up this to $100 each as clearly they wanted to put this matter to bed, and although I informed her that there was very little chance of me travelling Via Rail again, I accepted her offer as much as anything to please her, and filed the vouchers to possibly give to someone at some stage.
    As you can see, I was not especially impressed by this trip and the attitude of many of the Via staff was reminiscent to British Rail in the bad old days when they simply appeared not to care less about the passenger. I must confess we had been spoilt some week or so previously on the six day Atlantic crossing from Southampton to New York on the QM2 which was longer, absolute luxury and about half the cost of the train journey, but even so, there was so much that could be improved on “The Canadian” service, that the list is almost endless.
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    Pros and Cons
    Pros:You see a bit of the Prairies
    Cons:Miss all of the fabulous rocky mountains
    In a nutshell:Toronto is a great city but "The Canadian" needs to improve

    A selection of old rail cars at Winnipeg station One of the two dome cars at winnipeg
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    Toronto airport

    by kris-t Updated Nov 19, 2011

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    good organaized and comfortable

    Hamilton Airport is a Canadian international airport located 6.0 nautical miles (11.11 km) southwest of the city of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

    The airport is designed for use by large planes on overseas flights, and includes a 10,000x200 ft (3,050x60 m) paved runway with centreline lighting for low-visibility operations, as well as a smaller 6,000x150 ft (1,830x45 m) paved runway. It serves as an alternate and reliever for nearby Toronto Pearson International Airport; and was recently used during the Air France Flight 358 incident.

    Additionally, the airport recieved notoriety when a chartered Boeing 707 carrying rock band Bon Jovi skid off the runway.

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    To the airport from downtown

    by blusky Written Sep 2, 2011

    Even having lots of lugagge we decided to take the metro-bus option to get to the airport. To do so, you'll have to have around one hour and a half and two hours to spend.
    We haven't find much people on the metro, becuase we avoided the rush hours, but even so, from St. Andrew to Kipling and then taking a bus to the airport to terminal 1 it took as almost 2 hours
    Once you get to the Kipling station there will be bus number 192 which will take you to the airport.
    The ticket costs 3 CAD and it's excellent alternative to high taxi fee or express airport bus.

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    A Token Ride

    by gilabrand Updated Jul 4, 2011

    You can take a taxi from the airport and spend $50 to get where you're going - or you can buy a $2.50 token, ride the Rocket and get there for cheap. If you are in a big hurry, a stressed out person or carrying more than one piece of luggage, this option is not for you. But if you don't mind the shlep (or see it as part of the Toronto experience, as I did), I say give it a try.

    An express bus right outside the airport will take you to Kipling subway station. The bus runs every 10-15 minutes, 365 days a year, from 5:30 am to 1 am. Using the free transfer ticket you get from the driver, you can board any number of trains and buses en route to your final destination without paying another cent!!

    How to Do It:

    At the airport, go the "welcome" booth where they give out maps & have a volunteer who helps with directions. Then buy a $2.50 token at the cash window. Go downstairs (R4) to the Rocket which gets you to the subway (Kipling). Continue from there by train, bus or a combination of the two, to get to your final destination. If you are not sure, ask people. I found Torontonians to be particularly nice about trying to help (even if they are not always right).

    To get to the suburbs of Toronto, for example, the trip may take an hour or so, and you will have to drag your luggage up and down escalators (look for them - they are there, even if you only see stairs at first), but it will cost you a grand total of $2.50...

    A Toronto Stretch Limo - Or the Rocket?
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  • Airport to Downtown

    by explorer976 Written May 5, 2011

    I just thought to finally write a review about this taxi service that I used in Toronto early this year.

    When I found this site, I was quite sceptical about it as I was arriving in Toronto late night and unfortunately no one to pick me!!

    Anyway, I was asked to call the number when I land and promised that the taxi will be waiting when I come out.

    Honestly I was all prepared to be waiting a long time. However, to my pleasant surprise the cab was waiting for me :-)

    The ride was good and all charges included.

    Just make sure that after you speak to them and make a booking over the phone, do email them as well with all your details including flight number etc.

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    Airport Express Aeroport

    by spidermiss Written Apr 16, 2011

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    I booked a return transfer with Toronto Airport Express for downtown Toronto for my trip in November 2006. The bus usually stops very near the hotels and hostels downtown.

    One Way cost 21.95 CAD or a return cost 36.25 CAD (April 2011) and works out a lot cheaper than a taxi!

    The times of transfer are from 04:50 to 00:50 (From the airport) and 04:00 to 23:45 (To the airport).

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    Toronto Ferry Boat

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is the Toronto Island Ferry Boat. The destinations are the three islands which you surely enjoy, Ward's Island, Hanlan's Point, and the Centre Island. The latter is the best for family relaxation, so go for it? There are many other things you can do at the Centre Island aside from relaxation. There is also an Amusement Park for the children. They will surely love it!

    You need to board at the Toronto Ferry Docks. It will take approximately 20-30 minutes trip to Centre Island which cost Cdn$6.50 return ticket for Adults. Other prices are: Student and Seniors Cdn$4.00; Juniors under 14 Cdn$3.00. Children under 2 is Free. For monthly passes and schedule of trips to the islands, visit the link I provided below.

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip to the islands.

    Ferry Boat Going to Centre Island Ferry Boat Going to Centre Island Ferry Boat Back to Downtown Toronto Ferryboat route back to Downtown Toronto Ferryboat route back to Downtown Toronto
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    Ferry Boat Loading Docks at Centre Island

    by freddie18 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The photo shows where to board and disembark while you are at the Centre Island. If you are coming from downtown Toronto, Ferry Docks is located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. The ferry is huge enough with its two-deck which is open to view the beautiful downtown Toronto skyline.

    Schedules, maps and direction to the Centre Island can be found on the link I provided below.
    Spring - April 17, 2009
    Summer - May 30, 2009
    Fall - September 8, 2009
    Winter - October 13, 2009

    Have a safe and enjoyable trip

    Boarding & Loading Docks at Centre Island Boarding & Loading Docks at Centre Island Boarding & Loading Schedule at Centre Island
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    yukky orange & green, but they work ....

    by kenHuocj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    it's a metropolis and one needs to get arounf, the TTC is cheaper,
    but if your wallets are fat
    the four wheels get one from point to point,
    even for Bargin shopping
    try
    www.becktaxi.com
    Credit Union Drive, Toronto, Ontario M4A 2S6

    did u see the TAXI ?

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    GO Transit

    by daffodil Updated Apr 4, 2011

    GO (Government of Ontario) Transit is a rail and bus system that shuttles people, mainly commuters, around the greater Toronto area (GTA). The fares are cheap and the service is decent along the Lakeshore route. Other routes are hit and miss unless it is rush hour. It is an alternate to taking a cab or more expensive Greyhound bus to outlying areas, but can take a lot longer.

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    Driving in Toronto

    by dawudman Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    After originally leaving Toronto in 1988 due to traffic congestion, I returned for work in 2004 to a complete traffic nightmare!

    If you didn't already know, the main highway artery, the 401 Freeway, is the busiest single highway on the planet with over 500,000 vehicles transiting on any single day (and this is on a QUIET day!)

    I would suggest planning any/all travel on this thoroughfare very early in the morning (before 6am if possible) or around mid-afternoon (between 3pm and 4pm) and late in the evening (after 9pm) should you desire to get to your destination in reasonable course.

    There is always the option of using the 407 Toll Highway to the north of the city but this costs an average of $8 per usage depending on distance travelled.

    Cars... everywhere, cars!
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    Toronto Limos

    by coolpanda87 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Toronto limos are mostly used for weddings, formal events, day tours & airport transfers. Rates are not regulated, so you should inquire about the pricing before choosing your limo service.

    Limos that offer airport service:

    i) Able Paramount Limousine
    Tel: 1 888 913-8555
    Click here to access website.

    ii) Around the Town Limousine Service
    Tel: 1 416 757-2424
    - 24 hour booking in advance needed!
    Click here to access website.

    iii) Atrium Executive Limousine Service
    Tel: 1 866 292-5466
    Click here to access website.

    iv) Dynasty Limousine Service
    Tel: 1 800 567-0861
    Click here to access website.

    v) Gem Limousine Service
    Tel: 1 888 308-3777
    -serves airport & Western GTA (Burlington, Oakville, Milton)
    Click here to access website.

    vi) Getaway Limousine Service
    Tel: 1 416 281-5466
    Click here to access website.

    vii) No Limit Limousine Service
    Tel: 1 416 451-6321
    Click here to access website.

    Other Limo Services:

    i) Tre Vi Livery, Limousine & Coach Services
    Tel: 1 905 832-1335
    Click here to access website.

    ii) E. I. Williams Limousines
    Tel: 1 416 931-2262
    Click here to access website.

    iii) Be My Guest Livery
    Tel: 1 416 219-5106
    Click here to access website.

    iv) Advantage Limousines
    Tel: 1 416 558-2498
    Click here to access website.

    v) A-Mr Stretch
    Tel: 1 416 494-6685
    -6 to 10 seat limos
    Click here to access website.

    vi) The A Limousine Connection
    Tel: 1 416 483-5466

    vii) A Bentley Limousine & Coach Services
    Tel: 1 800 667-9057
    Click here to access website.

    Limos

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    Toronto Ferry

    by coolpanda87 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Toronto Ferry is a service that connects Toronto Islands with the mainland. It is operated by the City of Toronto. From the ferry docks, you can either choose to go to Hanlan's Point, Centre Island or Ward's Island. The less busy ferries (Hanlan's & Ward's) may allow bikes/rollerblades.

    The ferry docks are located at Queens Quay, at the foot of Bay Street. It is just West of Westin Harbour Castle Hotel.

    To get there by TTC, take 509 Harbourfront or 510 Spadina Streetcar to Bay/Queen's Quay stop.

    The ferries usually set off every 30 min/1hr depending on time of year & weather. It is about a 15/20 minute ride to the other side. There are two levels on the ferry & usually I & almost everyone else prefer the top.

    Fares - updated 2004 (include return):

    Adults: $ 6.00
    Students/Seniors:$3.50
    Juniors (under 14): $2.50
    Children under 2: free

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    Highway Grid of GTA I

    by coolpanda87 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Toronto (& Ontario) has large scale freeways that keep the city moving. Most of Ontario's main freeways are in the 400 series.

    Hwy 401 - East to West freeway running through North area of the City of Toronto. Has collector lanes (3/4) & express lanes (3/4) each way. Express lanes allow you to drive through area without passing exits. Express lanes exit to & are entered from collector lanes, with exceptions of highway interchanges & Allen Rd. exit. Second busiest highway in N. America based on car volume, Hwy. 401is the GTA & Canada's most congested freeway, especially during rush hours. Beware the bottleneck between Hwy 400 & Hwy 427 interchange, for it shrinks to five lanes each way & gets really jammed.

    DVP - Don Valley Parkway - Freeway running North to South from Hwy 401 to downtown Gardiner Expressway. DVP is the only freeway to downtown from the East area of GTA. Maximum speeds on this freeway is only 90 km/h, since it has many curves & tight spots. Toronto's most scenic freeway, the DVP was built cutting through Don Valley (now a park & conservation area). Very congested, even during weekends & non-rush hours & is nicknamed Don Valley Parking Lot. There is only three to four lanes each way.

    Hwy 404 - Runs North of Hwy 401, continuation of DVP. This eight lane freeway serves York Region, going through Richmond Hill, Markham & up to Newmarket.

    Gardiner Expressway - Running East to West from DVP, (Expressway East of DVP has been dismantled) the Gardiner is Toronto's only elevated freeway. The Gardiner goes to QEW & Hwy. 427. This freeway offers wonderful views of the Toronto skyline & allows you to easily access downtown. The Gardiner seperates the waterfront (on the left) from downtown (on the right). Currently, there are plans to dismantle the Gardiner Expressway (an eyesore) & create a more people friendly waterfront.

    Click here for a map of Toronto's Highways (PDF file)...

    DVP (never this light in traffic)
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