A vibrant and exciting city with neighbourhoods possessing their very own distinct vibe and character, Toronto is Canada’s largest city. Being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, visitors will be spoilt for choice regardless of whether you’re here for business or leisure. Not only is Toronto famous for its ‘Downtown’, it is also your gateway to famous Niagara Falls and the US border.
Getting to Toronto from the UK is simple. There are flights from most UK airports flying directly to Toronto Pearson International Airport, which take approximately 6-7 hours and costs as low as £300 return. The airport is around 30KM from the city centre and has good transport links which includes taxis, trains and buses. Transport from the airport can cost as low as $3 and as high as $80 depending on choice of transport.
Visitors holding a British passport do not need a visa to enter Canada. However, you will need to complete an ETA form which costs $7 (approx. £4). Ensure to do this at least 24 hours before leaving.
From Toronto Airport, take the bus 900 operated by TTC to Kipling Station. From there, take the Kipling Go to Union Station, which is the main station in Downtown Toronto. The journey should take around 50 minutes and should cost you no more than $10. You can also take a direct train called the UP Express. This will take 25 minutes and will cost $12.35 one way or $24.70 return. Alternatively, take a taxi from the airport directly to your hotel/accommodation for approximately $60 with the journey taking around 30 minutes. Car rental options are also available. Visit hotwire.com for more information
What to see, do and eat
Be sure to visit the CN Tower, the tallest in the western hemisphere. It is visited by 1.5 million people annually and features simulated motion rides and an outdoor observation deck. If you’re into artefacts, be sure to head over to Royal Ontario Museum where you’ll find over 6 million artefacts featured. For hockey fans, make your way to the Hockey Hall of fame which is home to the famous Stanley Cup. St Lawrence Market features 50 speciality vendors offering organic produce and exotic seafood. Chinatown on the other hand, is a vibrant neighbourhood offering visitors the option to dine in and sample famous Vietnamese and Thai foods at affordable prices. Kensington Market is another vibrant neighbourhood with a multitude of sights, sounds and smells. Walk through the narrow alleys, sample some street food and bargain your way through in getting a souvenir.
The currency used in Toronto and Canada is the Canadian Dollar. Money can easily be exchanged in the UK or upon arrival. Cash machines are also widely available.
The best times to visit Toronto are between June and September when the weather is sunny and the temperature is warm. If you prefer a cold snowy getaway, be sure to visit between December and February.