What is the best way to get to Toronto?
Flying: Most travelers will arrive via Toronto Pearson International Airport, while local Canadian travelers or visitors from nearby cities such as New York City and Chicago may enter through Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Train: VIA Rail (the country’s intercity passenger rail service) and Amtrak stop at Toronto’s Union Station, which is Canada’s largest and busiest transit hub.
Car: You can reach Toronto via several highways, including Highways 2, 401, 407, and the Queen Elizabeth Way. The nearest Canada-U.S. border crossings are at Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, and Windsor.
What is the best time to visit Toronto?
Since summer is peak tourist season in Toronto, late spring (think late April through May) and early fall (September through October) are considered the best times to visit, if you want to avoid the biggest crowds. This is also when you’ll still be able to experience pleasant weather, but you’ll avoid the higher rates that come with the hotter summer months. Winters are cold, sometimes snowy, and can be uncomfortably windy. Also, keep in mind that winter storms can impact flights, as well as slow down public transportation. While many big outdoor gatherings take place in the summer, you’ll find major events throughout the year in Toronto, including the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in May, Luminato in June, Rogers Cup in August, and Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Walking: While not every area in Toronto can be explored by foot, many of the city’s neighborhoods are walkable. Spring and summer are the best times to navigate the city on foot because of the warmer temps. But if you dress appropriately and bundle up, you can walk around in the winter as well.
Transit: The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates extensive bus, subway, and streetcar routes throughout the city and surrounding suburbs. For most travelers, Toronto is easy to get around without a car, thanks to the well-connected public transportation system.
Taxi: You can hail a cab on the street in Toronto or find them waiting typically in front of major hotels and attractions. Ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft also operate in Toronto.