You might not know it, but you’ve got two options when it comes to flying into Toronto. There’s the big, bustling Lester B. Pearson International — or YYZ, and there’s tiny wee Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport — or YTZ, or as it’s better known, Toronto Islands Airport.
Up until 2011, the Islands Airport was exclusively the domain of Canada’s Porter Airlines, but Air Canada is now starting up a few US routes, too. The airport is 400 feet offshore and involves taking a tiny city ferry, so schedule an extra 20 minutes to get there. It’s an incredibly useful option when you’re staying in a downtown hotel — or just don’t fancy queueing up with the entire contents of half a dozen international flights at hectic YYZ. The 509 streetcar stops right at the ferry dock. Porter’s destinations include Boston, Chicago, Montreal and Newark.
YYZ is Canada’s busiest airport and you can fly pretty much anywhere in the world from this vast, hulking place. It’s between $40 and 100 (and up to an hour in traffic) by cab to get out here, or you can take the subway to Kipling, the final western stop on the Bloor-Danforth line, and then use the same ticket to hop on the 192 Airport Rocket, which comes every 15 minutes or so. Allow at least 90 minutes from downtown if opting for transit.