The Editors’ Association of Canada 2014 conference is less than six months away. Do you know how you’ll be getting to Toronto?
If you’re travelling by air, odds are that you’ll arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). The airport is well served by Air Canada and WestJet Airlines, with daily direct flights between most cities in Canada, including Calgary, Charlottetown, Deer Lake, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Fredericton, Halifax, Kelowna, London, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Regina, St. John’s, Saskatoon, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins, Sydney, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg.
The Pearson airport is about 20 km from downtown Toronto. The fastest way (and most economical, at about $3) to get downtown is to take the 192 Airport Rocket bus to Kipling Station, which connects you to the subway system. Alternatively, the Toronto Airport Express shuttle charges $27.95 (one-way, book online for a 5% discount) to downtown, and a taxi charges about $50.
Closer to downtown, but with more limited flights, is the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Most flights to and from here are operated by low-cost Porter Airlines, which flies between Halifax, Moncton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Sault Ste. Marie, St. John’s, Sudbury, Thunder Bay, Timmins, and Windsor. Air Canada flies only between this airport and Montreal.
For the best deals on airfare, try sites like www.expedia.ca and www.cheapoair.ca, which search multiple airlines. If you’re worried about booking too early and the fares going down, try www.flightnetwork.com, which offers a price drop guarantee.
If Toronto isn’t too far from home, a great way to get to the conference is with VIA Rail Canada. With no traffic and no delays, rail transit is a comfortable way to travel—plus you can catch up on work, now that trains have free Wi-Fi connectivity on board. One-way fares from Montreal or Ottawa to Toronto start from just $39. Visit www.viarail.ca for schedules and online ticketing.
Another upside of rail transit is that all trains arrive at Union Station in downtown Toronto, which is just two subway stops from the conference venue.
For travel by bus, the best choices to Toronto are Greyhound, Coach Canada, and Megabus. Both bus companies offer great deals for online ticketing, so don’t delay with planning your trip to the conference!