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Toronto: A mini guide to Flights, Hotels and Sightseeing

Destination Toronto

Toronto is amongst the most multicultural and multiracial cities in the world. It boasts ethnic neighbourhoods like Chinatown, Corso Italia, Little Italy, Little India, Greektown, Koreatown, Little Jamaica and Little Portugal which celebrate the city’s multiculturalism.

Toronto is also the largest contributor to the Canadian economy. It is the banking and stock exchange centre of Canada. The Greater Toronto Area produces more than half on Canada’s manufactured goods.

Toronto is an important hub for Canada’s TV and Film industry. It is the third largest centre for English language theatre only behind London and New York with over 160 production companies located here.

Flights to Toronto

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Toronto is mainly served by Lester B. Pearson International, located west of the city in Mississauga. More than sixty airlines fly to Pearson daily connecting directly to more than 150 cities across the globe.

Toronto is secondly served by Billy Bishop airport located downtown. It is the primary hub of Porter Airlines which flies to destinations like Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Montreal and Halifax. 

Flying Business Class to Toronto

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If you are taking a long-haul flight to Toronto from an international destination like Abu Dabhi, Dublin, London Heathrow, Manchester, Islamabad or Tel Aviv, you will expect to be in your seat for 7 hours to 14 hours non-stop.

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Business class passengers to Toronto flying Air Canada or a Star Alliance Airline have free access to The Maple Leaf Lounge in Toronto and 15 locations in Canada, USA and Europe, and over 200  lounges worldwide that are part of other Airlines and Hotels. The Maple Leaf lounge stands out by offering cell-free quiet zones – to provide a distraction-free environment for those wanting to wind down.

Where can you buy cheap airline tickets
to Toronto?

Finding discount airline tickets is a job in itself. Airline ticket prices are sensitive to time – when the ticket was purchased and the time of the flight. External factors such as the price of oil and competition also affect airline ticket prices.

Fortunately, there are discount airfare search engines like Jetradar that save a huge amount of time by comparing other discount airfare websites helping you buy airline tickets for cheap

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Note that all prices are stated in US Dollars and the fares initially exclude baggage fees.

You can also use Jetradar to find cheap business class flights to Toronto. To maximize savings, Tuesday mornings tend to be the best times to search business class discount airfare. Airlines usually announce deals on Monday evenings and ticket prices climb higher as the week progresses into Friday.

Toronto Hotels in Downtown

The famous Fairmont Royal York Hotel – which is where Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family live when they are in Toronto – is located across from Union Station and very close to the Scotiabank Arena (previously known as Air Canada Centre )

Other fabulous hotels in Toronto’s Downtown Area include One King West, The Sheraton Centre, Hilton Toronto, Toronto Mariott Bloor Yorkville and the Chelsea Hotel.

Find more Toronto hotels in Downtown and Rogers Centre at

Toronto Hotels near the Airport

The Sheraton Gateway Hotel is located right outside the doors of Terminal 3. It is a great place for business travellers who are just staying for a day or two and will be working close by such as the International Centre or The Toronto Congress Centre or one of the many convention centres around the Airport Area.

Dixon Rd in Toronto, which becomes Airport Rd in Mississauga, has a large concentration of hotels serving the Airport Area. From there, it is easy to access Hwy 427 that takes you down to Hwy 401 and the Gardiner Expressway. Some of the hotels on this road that you cannot miss are the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel, the Westin Toronto Airport Hotel, Holiday Inn Toronto International Airport and Sheraton Toronto Airport Hotel & Conference Centre.

Top Things to do in Toronto

Toronto is a large city with many points of interest. You can spend a week just exploring downtown without even seeing the rest of the city !

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

This is canada’s largest indoor aquarium. It has 5.7 million litres of marine and freshwater habitats from across the world. See more than 20,000 marine animals, daily live dive shows and giant lobster, stingray, and bamboo shark touch pools.

Skip the lines and buy your tickets to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto from Get Your Guide. The ticket price includes taxes and access to all 9 galleries. Click here to Buy Now! 

Niagara Falls from Toronto Full Day Tour

Experience a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls.  Explore this natural marvel, formed by glacial melting at the end of the last Ice Age. Enjoy a Cruise on the Niagara River, sample local wines, visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, see Niagara Whirlpool and use your free time for sightseeing.

Book your tickets to the Niagara Falls from Toronto Full Day Tour from Get Your Guide now!

Pick-up is available from all downtown hotels, apartments, houses, university residences, bed and breakfasts, airport hotels, the Eaton Centre and Union Station. Pick-up is also available at all Mississauga hotels and residences. Click here to Book Now!

Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus

Tour Toronto at your own pace with an open-top, double-decker tour bus. You will see all of Toronto’s top historic and contemporary attractions and learn about the city from live, English-speaking guides. The 48-hour Hop-on, Hop-off pass allows you Jump off at any of the 25 stops to explore the vibrant neighborhoods at your own pace. Enjoy a free harbor cruise as part of your 48-hour package.

Click here to get your Toronto: 48-Hour Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket.

Toronto: Private Tour with a Local

Get an insider’s perspective on all the attractions of Toronto on a walking tour with a local. Explore the city on an itinerary that can be customized to your interests and requirements. Your friendly local is passionate about where they live and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your time.

Click here to book your Toronto: Private Tour with a Local.

Toronto Premium Outlets

Toronto Premium Outlets is a premium shopping destination to shop for bargains on leading brands at your own pace. Top brands at outlet prices include Saks OFF 5th, AllSaints, Burberry, Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren, Rudsak, Ted Baker, Tory Burch, Under Armour and many more.

There is a shuttle bus service to Toronto Premium Outlets from outside Union Station in downtown Toronto. The bus ride takes a relaxing 45 minutes. There is however only one departure and one return for this shuttle service and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Click here to get your Toronto Premium Outlets Shuttle Bus Ticket.

5-Hour Ultimate Tour

Experience the best of the best on this complete Ultimate Toronto Tour. You will not only visit some of Toronto’s must-see attractions, but also learn about the history behind those places and surrounding neighborhoods. You will walk away with wonderful memories and a head full of amazing facts and tidbits about Toronto history.

This tour begins with a trip up to the observation deck of the CN Tower. It is then followed by a tour of the historic Casa Loma – Toronto’s Castle.

This tour will include a trip aboard the Toronto Harbor Cruise, where you will be able to see breathtaking views of Toronto’s skyline. You will also get to see the busy, bustling waterfront and nearby Toronto Islands.

Other highlights of the tour will include a narrated driving tour of Eaton Centre, Dundas Square, Queen’s Park and a short stop at the St. Lawrence Market.

Click here for more details about the Toronto: 5-Hour Ultimate Tour and book your spot.

Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM is Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Canada’s First Peoples, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more.

Click here to Skip-the-Line and get your Royal Ontario Museum General Admission tickets.

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