Getting to Toronto Airport

Toronto Airport, with the official IATA code of YYZ, is the largest and most important airport in Canada. It is also amongst the busiest airports in the world for international passenger traffic. The airport is named after the late Canadian Prime Minister, Lester Bowles Pearson, and is therefore also referred to as the Lester B. Pearson International Airport, or simply as the Pearson Airport. It’s passenger numbers exceed thirty million every year, and are expected to reach up to fifty-five million in later years. Toronto Pearson Airport directions are simple to follow, as the airport can be accessed by a couple of main roads. Detailed airport directions are also available online.

Toronto Pearson Airport is located approximately 22.5km, or 14 miles northwest of Downtown Toronto, and the majority of the airport’s facilities fall under the municipality of Mississauga. Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and is part of the Ontario region of the country. The airport serves the city of Toronto, its metropolitan area and the Golden Horseshoe district, which is home to over eight million people. To the west of Toronto Airport is Brampton, and to the south is Mississauga. Areas that are also particularly nearby include Hanlan, Marvin Heights, The Elms, Richview and Eringate. Toronto and its airport are also located alongside the north-western shores of the Lake Ontario. On a larger scale, Toronto can be described as to the south of Barrie, to the east/northeast of London and Kitchener, to the southwest of Montreal and Ottawa, and to the north of Norfolk, St. Catharines and Hamilton. U.S cities which are quite nearby include Buffalo, Rochester, Detroit, Toledo and Cleveland.

The main roads nearby the airport are the Highways 427, 409 and 401, and east of the airport is Airport Road and Dixon Road. Derry Road runs along the northern perimeters of the airport grounds, and Courtney Park Drive and Britannia Road to the west are used by authorized vehicles only for airport access. Other roads also lead to the cargo area in the north, and are restricted for public use.

Toronto Pearson Airport directions from the city centre of Toronto

The main airport access road from the city centre is the Highway 427. Gardiner Expressway leads past the Harbour Front, High Park and Humber Bay, and connects to the 427 at Alderwood. Continue on the Highway 427 and take the exit onto the Highway 409 which leads directly into the airport. The Highway 409 is a spur off the Highway 401. The Highway 401 is another major access road of Toronto Airport, and provides access all the way from Montreal, which is 545km from Toronto. En-route, the Highway 401 passes Cornwall, Morrisburg, Brockville, Kingston, Belleville, Cobourg, Port Hope, Clarington, Oshawa, Ajax and Pickering. Ottawa, about 453km from Toronto, is linked to Highway 401 by the Highway 416. Through the city of Toronto the highway passes the areas of Scarborough, Maryvale, Henry Farm, North York, Nortown, Lawrence Manor, Winston Park, Downsview, Pelmo Park and Pine Point. From the 401 highway, connect to Highway 409 for airport access. Passengers travelling from areas nearer to the airport can use Dixon Road or the Airport Road for direct access.

The Highway 407 is found to the north of Toronto city, and passes areas such as Markham and Vaughan. At Gorewood Acres the 427 highway can be taken south to the airport.

Toronto Pearson Airport directions from further locations to the north, south and west

The Highway 401 is also the main road leading to Toronto and the Toronto Airport from areas to the south-west, such as London, Woodstock, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Milton. At Woodstock, the Highway 403 travels past Brantford, Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville, and then on to the city centre of Toronto. From this highway the 427 north should be taken to the airport. London is about 192km from Toronto.

The Highway 400 runs south from Barrie towards Toronto, past Bradford West Gwillimbury, King, King Creek, Purpleville and Vaughan, and the Highway 404 heads to Toronto from Newmarket. The Highway 400 also continues much further to the north, to areas such as Port Severn and Parry Sound.

All the main routes to Toronto Pearson Airport are well signposted, and the roads are in good condition. However, travellers should leave in good time for their departure flight, as all main roads in Toronto are prone to heavy traffic, especially during rush hours. The signposts to look out for have a silhouette of a plane against a green background. Once arriving at Toronto Airport, take note of the signposts within the airport complex, as there are several roads leading to the various parking areas and passenger terminals. If you park at the further car park at Viscount Road, the Link Train can be taken for access to the terminals. Toronto Pearson Airport has two terminal buildings which are extremely well equipped for the needs of their passengers, and your departure terminal will be determined by your airline company. Most Star Alliance airline companies operate from Terminal 1, while Oneworld and SkyTeam airlines are present at Terminal 3. Both terminals are accessible to disabled passengers, and have facilities which include free WiFi connections, airport lounges, duty-free stores, many bars and restaurants, children’s play areas, currency exchange services and lost and found offices.

Departing passengers who would prefer not to drive to the airport can travel by bus or taxi. There is currently no train station at Toronto Airport, but a connection to the nearby railway services in the city is being constructed. The Toronto Airport Express is one of the most popular bus services from the city of Toronto, but many others are available from all areas, near and far. Taxis are a convenient way to travel as well.

Toronto Pearson Airport directions in further detail are available online, at, or the airport can be contacted at the following telephone numbers: 416-247-7678, or 1-866-207-1690.