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Toronto Pearson International Airport , officially named Lester B. Pearson International Airport , is an international airport serving the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the Greater Toronto Area.
The airport is located 22.5 km (14.0 mi) northwest of Downtown Toronto, with the bulk of the airport (including the two main terminals) located in the adjacent city of Mississauga, and a small portion of the airfield extending into Etobicoke, Toronto's western district.The airport is named in honour of Toronto-born Lester B. Pearson, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and 14th Prime Minister of Canada.
Pearson Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Canada. In 2016, it handled 44,335,198 passengers and 456,536 aircraft movements, making it the world's 32nd-busiest airport by total passenger traffic, 22nd-busiest airport by international passenger traffic, and 15th-busiest airport by flights.
Pearson is the main hub for Air Canada. It is also a hub for passenger airline WestJet and cargo airline FedEx Express, and serves as an operating base for passenger airlines Air Transat and Sunwing Airlines. Pearson Airport is operated by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) as part of Transport Canada's National Airports System.
Airlines & Destinations
There are two terminals at the airport: 1 and 3 (2 was demolished due to new development). Flights are arranged in this way:
- Terminal 1 - Air Canada, Austrian Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Egyptair, Emirates, Ethiopian, Etihad Airways, EVA Air, Jet Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Sunwing, Turkish Airlines, United
- Terminal 3 - All other airlines
For flights to the USA, you go through US customs and immigration after check-in. This is generally a quick process and saves any queuing in the States. At peak times the lines at security can be very long so allow plenty of time to get through the system.
Airport taxi fares range from $19-78 (east) and $19-65 (west). Limousine fares are $21-86 (east) and $21-72 (west). Fares out of town are typically $1.55/km (taxi) and $1.45/km (limousine).
- Taxis to downtown Toronto run a flat rate of $53 (other areas of the city vary but are also flat rate,) while airport limousines go slightly higher ($58 to downtown Toronto). Limousines are generally slightly larger (though not stretched), most are dark-blue Lincoln Town Cars and a bit more comfortable than taxis. As the airport is not in Toronto, regular Toronto city cabs do not pick up fares at the Pearson air terminals. Government approved rates can be found online.
- Fake taxis (also called "Gypsy Cabs" by the locals) are frequently found congregating around Pearson Airport. If a driver approaches you inside the arrivals hall and asks if you need a ride, and you didn't arrange a car in advance, they are definitely unlicensed (legitimate cab drivers are prohibited by law from entering the terminal building to look for passengers.) While the risk of being a victim of crime as an unlicensed taxi passenger is very low, it should be noted that drivers and their vehicles are not held to the same safety and maintenance standards as their licensed counterparts. If you decide to patronize a Gypsy Cab, proceed at your own risk and be sure to agree on a fare in advance!
- Uber cars provide transport to and from the airport. Only the Uber Black and Uber SUV services are available, sometimes using the same vehicles as the existing limo service but at a premium price (UberBlack for $88 to $115, UberSUV $100 to $128, of which $15 per ride goes to the Greater Toronto Airports Authority). UberX to downtown Toronto is no longer available.
Various local buses serve Pearson airport:
- Brampton Transit runs Airport Express (route 115) buses from the airport to Bramalea City Centre in Brampton, a suburb directly north of Mississauga.
- GO Transit operates Route 40 – Airport Express GO Bus hourly, seven days a week to Richmond Hill Centre Terminal via Highway 407 ($6.35 one way); Route 34 – Brampton/ Pearson Airport/ North York GO Bus runs to Brampton and to a pair of Toronto subway stations (Yorkdale and York Mills) near Highway 401 in North York ($5.70).
- MiWay operates local bus service to the airport from Square One mall (Cooksville) and Westwood Mall (Malton) within the city of Mississauga, as well as rush-hour service to Islington TTC in Etobicoke.
- TTC (Toronto Transit Commission, +1 416-393-INFO) has the all-day 192/52A buses and the overnight 300A/307. The 192 "Airport Rocket" makes a beeline for Kipling station in Etobicoke, the westernmost point on the subway system; the 52A is a local bus to Lawrence/Lawrence West stations which makes frequent stops. At $3.25/passenger from the airport to any point on TTC's system (which covers the entire +1 416 area code), these are a bargain compared to UP Express trains or taxi-limo rides (typically $53-58 to downtown Toronto). The cost saving is at the expense of longer total travel time (about 50 minutes, including the subway ride from the end of the line to downtown Toronto).
The Union Pearson Express train goes to downtown Toronto:
- Union Pearson Express, Toronto Union Station, , fax: . An express train operating from Union Station to the airport in 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes. Airline check-in kiosks, luggage racks, onboard Wi-Fi and up-to-the-minute flight information provided. $12/person, one-way ($9 for PRESTO cardholders).
A few intercity buses serve the airport directly.
- Terminal Link train runs every 4-8 minutes between Terminal 1, Terminal 3 and Viscount Road (Value Park Garage, Value Park Lot and ALT Hotel). Free.
Toronto Pearson International Airport has two active terminals, Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Both terminals are designed to handle all three sectors of travel (domestic, transborder, and international), which results in terminal operations at Pearson being grouped for airlines and airline alliances, rather than for domestic and international routes.
A third terminal, the Infield Terminal (IFT), is not currently used for regular operations at Pearson.
Measuring over 567,000 square metres (6,000,000 sq ft), Terminal 1 is the largest terminal at Pearson Airport and is among the largest buildings in the world by floor space. Air Canada and all other Star Alliance airlines that serve Toronto Pearson operate out of Terminal 1. The terminal is also used by non-alliance airline Emirates.
Terminal 1 was designed by a joint venture known as Airports Architects Canada, comprising Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Adamson Associates Architects and Moshe Safdie and Associates. It contains 58 gates: D1, D3, D5, D7-D12, D20, D22, D24, D26, D28, D31–D45 (D32, D34, D36 also serve US flights and carry F designation), D51, D53, D55, D57 (also carry F designation), F60–F63, F64A–F64B, F65, F66A–F66B, F/E67–F/E81 (F68-F73 and F78-F81 serve both US and international flights but E74-E77 are international only), F91, and F93. Two of the gates, E73 and E75, can accommodate the Airbus A380.
Along with the standard customs and immigration facilities, Terminal 1 also contains special customs "B" checkpoints along the international arrivals walkway. Passengers that are connecting from an international or trans-border arrival to another international (non-U.S.) departure in Terminal 1 go to one of these checkpoints for passport control and immigration checks, then are immediately directed to Pier F for departure. This alleviates the need to recheck bags, pass through security screening, and relieves congestion in the primary customs hall.
A large, 8-level parking garage with 9,000 parking spaces is located across from Terminal 1, and is connected to the terminal by several elevated and enclosed pedestrian walkways.
Terminal 1 is home to the ThyssenKrupp Express Walkway, the world's fastest moving walkway.
Terminal 3 is used by all SkyTeam and Oneworld airlines that serve Pearson, along with WestJet, Air Transat, Sunwing Airlines, Etihad Airways, and most other airlines that are unaffiliated with an airline alliance. The terminal has 100,000 square metres (1,100,000 sq ft) of floor space and features 48 gates: A1–A6, B1a-B1d, B2a-B2b, B3-B5, B7–B20, B22 and C24–C41.
A 5-level parking garage with 4,200 parking spaces is located directly across from the terminal along with the Sheraton Hotel, both of which are connected to Terminal 3 by an elevated pedestrian walkway.
The infield terminal was built to handle traffic displaced during the development and construction of the current Terminal 1. Its gates were opened in 2002 and 2003, and a first class lounge was opened in 2005. The terminal, also known as the IFT, has 11 gates (521 to 531). When it was in regular use, passengers were transported by bus between Terminal 1 and the IFT to reach their gates.Though currently not used for regular operations, plans are in place to reactivate it if necessary in the future to accommodate seasonal or overflow demand, or to provide additional capacity during future terminal building construction at the airport.
In December 2015, the Infield Terminal was upgraded and temporarily reopened to handle the Syrian refugees accepted into Canada and re-settling in the Greater Toronto Area. After the last government-chartered refugee flight arrived on February 29, 2016, the terminal was deactivated. In total, the Infield Terminal handled 56 refugee flights carrying 13,628 refugees.
The Infield Terminal is frequently used as a location to film major motion pictures and television productions.
Accommodation & Hotels
Coffee & Restaurants
This is a partial listing, see http://torontopearson.com/en/shopdinerelax/retail-directory/ for a full directory.
- A & W, Terminal 1, domestic airside, . Inexpensive fast food, hamburgers, root beer.
- Apropos, Terminal 1, US airside, toll-free: . Brew pub.
- Caplansky's, Terminal 1, Level 3, streetside, . Snack bar and deli.
- Corso, Terminal 3, domestic airside, toll-free: . Trattoria featuring traditional Italian cuisine, rustic Italian flavours, fresh-made pastas, pizzas, salads and antipasti.
- Fetta Panini Bar, Terminal 1, international airside, toll-free: .
- Heirloom Bakery Café, Terminal 1 and 3, international airside, toll-free: . Soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods.
- Nobel Burger Bar, Terminal 3, US airside, toll-free: . Chef-inspired gourmet burgers. Open kitchen in the centre of the restaurant, build your own burger or choose from a menu.
- Starbucks, Terminal 1, streetside, . Coffee shop, multiple locations.
- Subway, Terminals 1 and 3, streetside, . Submarine sandwiches.
- Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill, Terminal 1, Level 3 streetside, 6301 Silver Dart Drive, . Chicken. Moderately-priced sit-down restaurant.
- Tim Hortons, Terminal 1 and 3, streetside. Coffee, doughnuts and sandwiches. Multiple locations in both terminals.
- Vinifera, Terminals 1 and 3, international airside, toll-free: . Wine bar, menu features small plates, salads and paninis with fresh ingredients.
- 7-Eleven, Terminal 1, streetside, . Convenience store, two locations.
- Best Buy Express, Terminals 1 and 3, streetside and airside. Consumer electronics.
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Terminal 1 Level 1, streetside, . Big-five domestic chartered bank, currency exchange, at arrivals level.
- Maclean's, Terminals 1 and 3, streetside, . News stand.
- Relay, Terminals 1 and 3, multiple locations, . News stand.
- Samsonite, Terminals 1 and 3, streetside, . Travel luggage.
- Toronto Marketplace, Terminal 3, streetside, . Souvenir shop on Terminal 3 departure level.
- Travel Store, Terminal 3, streetside, . Travel accessories, luggage, travel backpacks and bags, leather goods, jewellery, watches, umbrellas and belts. Luggage storage service.
- Travelex Currency Exchange, Terminal 1 and 3, streetside, . Foreign currency exchange, multiple locations in both terminals.
Free Wi-Fi is available in both terminals. Select “Toronto Pearson Wi-Fi” from the network list, launch a web browser and click "connect" on the Boingo landing page.
To activate Wi-Fi on your laptop, tablet or smartphone, simply:
- Turn off Airplane Mode.
- Enable Wi-Fi on your device.
- Select “Toronto Pearson Wi-Fi” from the network list.
- If the American Express landing page doesn’t auto pop, launch your internet browser OR go to portal.boingohotspot.net.
- Check the box to indicate “I hereby accept all Terms and conditions for the use of Wi-Fi”.
- Click the green button that appears on the American Express landing page.
- Enjoy your surfing!
Things to know
- Luggage storage is available at any of the Samsonite stores.
- Aviation Interfaith Ministry, Interfaith centres in Terminals 1 and 3. One set of daily religious services in each terminal. Interdenominational Christian worship service weekdays, Toronto Airport Catholic Chaplaincy holy mass seven days a week. Pastoral care to guests, airport and airline employees and their families.
There are various temporary or permanent artistic exhibitions scattered through Terminal 1, as well as eight permanent sculpture installations. The Royal Ontario Museum operates a small display of dinosaurs; other partners for temporary exhibitions include Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, the CONTACT Photography Festival, Design Exchange, Ontario Crafts Council and Open Studio.
Need to bank before you fly? Visit one of CIBC’s Toronto Pearson branches. You can open an account, set up pre-authorized bill payments, or complete any last-minute banking needs. You can also sign up for a credit card or notify them of your travel plans so you can shop hassle-free while abroad. Learn more.