About Toronto Pearson International airport (YYZ)
Address: Pearson International Airport, Mississauga, L5p1a2 , On, On
One-third of Canadians live within 160 km (100 miles) of Toronto Pearson International airport (YYZ), the main transportation center of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and provincial capital of Ontario. Located a variable 30-60 minute drive from Central Toronto and the iconic CN Tower, (YYZ) has seven on-site airport car rental companies including Avis, Budget, National, Thrifty, and Enterprise. Pick up or return your car hire at any one of three terminals.
This is North America’s third largest city. Toronto covers 600 km² (231 m²) with 32 km (20 m) facing the shores of Lake Ontario. It’s a “roomy” kind of place, with attractions spread out across the region, so most visitors find it necessary to rent a car. Aside from the expected traffic during peak hours, getting around Toronto is remarkably straightforward for a city of 2.7 million people, most of whom share the roads. The entire GTA is laid out in a predictable and consistent grid pattern, although some highways and thoroughfares intersect at various angles. Generally speaking, driving in Toronto — particularly in its dense urban center — is very much a north-south, east-west type of experience.
Aside from Queen Elizabeth Way and the Gardner Expressway, major highways leading in and out of the region are generally referenced by number, preceded by “the.” Main routes around town are the 400, 401, 404, and the 427, the latter being a toll road.
Choosing your car
Choosing your car doesn’t have to be a headache if you’ve got your travel itinerary in place. Your (YYZ) airport rental car is just a few clicks away. Kia and Hyundai compact and economy cars are best for city driving. Nissan Standard and full-size cars Nissan Sentra are ideal for highway driving and accommodating up to 5 passengers traveling light. Mitusbishi SUVs are the most popular 4WD vehicles at (YYZ), offering storage and style in a comfortably ride. For larger groups and families, a 7-9 seater Dodge minivan has a roomy interior and a smooth driving interface.
Tips and advice
Toronto has a number of traffic regulations related to the transit system, but particularly streetcars, which cause awkward situations for drivers who aren’t used to seeing them in traffic. For example, never pass a streetcar running in the same direction that’s stopped with its doors open — except at boarding platforms.
Of course, parking downtown is hard to find and costly. However, in the outer districts of North York and Scarborough, parking is either very cheap or free.
Streetcars have a wide turning radius, so keep your distance at intersections and curves.
Wherever you may travel in Canada, right of way is given to pedestrians and emergency vehicles. If you hear sirens and see flashing red lights, quickly pull over to the side of the road and let the vehicles pass.
(YYZ) is a major hub for tourists headed to Niagara Falls, a 128-km (80 m) drive from Greater Toronto. The Queen Elizabeth Way is the main route from the Falls to the airport, and locals warn that traffic on Sunday nights in summer are the worst rush hours in any given year.
It is illegal to talk on the phone or text while driving in Canada.