Toronto travel guide




Toronto Travel Guide

Getting Toronto by Road

Toronto Highway Due to its strategic position on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is easily accessible from many parts of Canada and the United States. The city is provided with well maintained highways paralleling the lake’s coast. In general, people who go to Toronto by road enjoy a fast, reliable and cheaper travel, either by bus, taxi or their own car.

The principal via to access Toronto from the United States is the Hwy 401 that runs from west (Detroit) to east (Montreal). The Hwy 401 is also connected with the Hwy 400 that runs from the northern Ontario Province. Other important accessing routes to the city are the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), Hwy 2 and Hwy 407.

Toronto is about 2 hours drive from Buffalo, 4 hrs from Detroit, 6 hrs from Montreal, 8 hrs from Chicago and 9 hours from New York.

Road Distances
City (CA) Distance
Ottawa 453 km (281 mi)
Montreal 545 km (338 mi)
Niagara Falls 288 km (179 mi)
Quebec City 790 km (491 mi)
City (US) Distance
Detroit 378 km (236 mi)
Chicago 854 km (534 mi)
New York 851 km (529 mi)
Washington 832 km (517 mi)

By Bus

Long-distance buses from and to Toronto are less expensive than train, but not as rapid or comfortable; even when the service is very good habitually.

The main and largest bus terminal of the city is the Metro Toronto Coach Terminal, also called Bay Street Terminal (Add: Dundas Square, 610 Bay St. Tel: +1 416 393 7911. Open hrs: 5:30 am to 12:30 am), which has daily departures to nearly all destinations of Ontario and the principal cities of the Eastern Canada and United States.

Although the terminal is almost always crowded and often requires long queues to get a ticket, Metro Toronto has several facilities for travelers including: lockers for store luggage ($3 CAD per 24 hrs), information desks, accommodation offers, maps and taxi services.
It is recommendable that passengers buy tickets by Internet and arrive at the terminal 45 minutes before the leave, in order to avoid the congestion. Toronto Coach Terminal is well served by Greyhound, Coach Canada and Ontario, among others.

Bus Service Description
Greyhound Covers numerous intercity services on southwestern Ontario including Ottawa and two main routes to US: New York City via Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse; and Chicago via London, Windsor and Detroit. (Tel: +1 800 661 8747. Web:
Greyhound Quicklink Associated to Greyhound, it provides commuter services between Toronto and towns outside the range of local transport including Kitchener, Guelph, Barrie, Peterborough, St. Catharines, and Niagara Falls.
Coach Canada Covers the route to Montreal via Kingston; and New York City via Niagara Falls and Buffalo.
Ontario Northland Runs to the northern towns of Ontario via Barrie.
Others Megabus, Ne-On and New York Trailways.

By Car

Due to its well signed expressways, it is quite easy to enter to the largest Canadian city for road travelers, mainly for nationals and people from the American states of New York and Michigan, who have entry-special considerations.

Note that occasionally traffic on roads incoming Toronto are heavy and that there are some specific transit rules which drivers must know to prevent accidents or a severe fine.

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