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Transportation

There are many ways to travel into and around Ontario, including by air, train, bus, car and ferry. Find out how to navigate from one point to the next and become familiar with the companies and operators that can help you get there.

 

Road Travel

Public transportation

Find public transport options available in many major cities in Ontario. Some options include:

 

Toronto and Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

  • the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), an efficient and convenient way to get around the city, seven days a week. A subway system links to buses, streetcars and a light-rail transit throughout the city and surrounding area; download RocketMan, one of Toronto’s favourite transit apps
  • Presto cards, which use a contactless automated fare collection system to access the network of GTA public transportation
  • MiWay, Mississauga’s public transportation system
  • Metrolinx transportation services, which provides integrated public transportation in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton Area

 

Ottawa

  • OC Transpo, for public transit services around the city

Transportation services in other major Ontario cities

 

Bus

There are several bus lines that offer service throughout Ontario. These companies include:
 

  • Coach Canada, who provide travel between many Ontario cities including Beamsville, Cambridge, Hamilton and Toronto and from Windsor to Montreal along Highway 401
  • Parkbus, with routes between Toronto and Ottawa and various provincial and national parks
  • GO Transit, the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara areas
  • Megabus, with routes between various Ontario cities, including Kingston, London, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Toronto and Cornwall  
  • Flixbus, which features connections between Toronto and Ottawa, and Toronto and Waterloo with stops in Mississauga, Kitchener and Guelph

 
Electric vehicle (EV)

With the rise in popularity of electric vehicles, the speed of charging and the number of charging stations in Ontario has also increased. Many gas stations, carpool parking lots, hotels, shopping centres and other public places are offering charging stations, some of which are free. In fact, there are more than 1,800 public charging stations with over 5,000 charging ports across the province. Learn more about travelling in Ontario in an electric car.

 

Car rental

Car rental companies in Ontario include: 

 

RV rental

RV rental companies in Ontario include:

 

Taxis and airport shuttles

Taxi and airport shuttle services offer transportation to and from major airports in Ontario, some with door-to-door service. Learn about long-distance shuttle service at Toronto Pearson Airport. Some of the most popular service providers include:

  • Airways Transit, with service in the Greater Toronto Area and Southwestern Ontario
  • Coach Canada, in the Greater Toronto Area and Southwestern Ontario
  • Uber, in Toronto, Ottawa, Niagara, Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo and Hamilton
  • Lyft, in Toronto and Ottawa

 

Air travel

Many international airline carriers service Ontario. Several Canadian airlines offer flights between cities in Ontario, including:

International airports

Ontario has several international airports, but the two main gateway airports are located in Toronto and Ottawa, serving most major airlines and charter companies. Here is a list of Ontario’s major airports:

 

Domestic airports

In addition, domestic airports provide flight services within the province. These include:  

 

Train travel

Train travel can include short cross-city trips or cross-province travel. Providers include: 

  • VIA Rail Canada, which offers passenger service in the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa, Niagara Falls, Southwestern Ontario and Northern Ontario, with express service available between larger communities on most routes; learn more about services for passengers with special needs
  • Union Pearson Express, an innovative air-rail link connecting the country’s two busiest transportation hubs—Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto
     
  • GO Transit, a regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto, Hamilton and Niagara areas; the Niagara Parks Travel Package covers a round-trip GO Transit fare plus a connecting two-day WEGO bus ticket

 

Ferry travel

Tour lakes, visit islands or cross bodies of water to continue your itinerary across the province. Some ferries can even take your car or bike across with you; check with the individual ferry website for more details. Some of the main ferry services are:

  • MS Chi-Cheemaun, which runs between Tobermory and South Baymouth on Manitoulin Island
  • Glenora Ferry, which connects Glenora and Adolphustown in Eastern Ontario

Last updated: November 9, 2022

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