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Take transit to Toronto Pearson Airport this Thanksgiving

UP Express, GO Bus, TTC, MiWay and Brampton Transit offer routes to and from Pearson airport.

Oct 3, 2023

It’s time to visit family for that annual Thanksgiving dinner. You can practically taste the turkey, but first, it’s time to plan how to get there.

Throughout the region, GO and local transit agencies offer a variety of routes that allow you to leave the car at home and enjoy the ride to your family celebration.

But what if your family lives outside the region and you must first get to Toronto Pearson Airport?

An UP Express train leaves Pearson airport.

The Union Pearson (UP) Express offers service between Union Station and Toronto Pearson Airport in 25 minutes. (Metrolinx image)

Either way, public transit is there for you. And with contactless payment now available on transit agencies across the region, you simply tap your debit or credit card to pay your fare.

Here are five options for getting to YYZ.

UP Express

The Union Pearson (UP) Express offers service between Union Station and Pearson Airport in 25 minutes, with only two brief stops at Bloor and Weston GO Stations. It is the fastest and most reliable way to get in and out of the city.

The platform at Union Station makes for easy connections to GO Trains and GO Buses.

GO Bus

The new GO Bus Route 94 connects the airport with Pickering GO to the east and Square One in Mississauga to the west. There are six other stops along the way, in Scarborough, North York and Mississauga.

A GO Bus driver assists a customer

A GO Bus driver helps a Pearson-bound customer to board Bus 94 at Pickering GO. (Mike Winterburn photo)

The GO Bus eastbound Route 40 starts at Hamilton GO, with stops in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga before reaching Pearson.

In the other direction, it goes from Richmond Hill Centre to the Highway 407 Bus Terminal to the airport.

An express bus, on TTC Route 900, connects Pearson Airport with Kipling Station on the Toronto subway’s Line 1.

The airport is also served by Route 952 W Lawrence West Express and the regular Route 52 W Lawrence West.

Facebook users comment on GO Bus service between Pickering and Pearson Airport.

The Route 64 ride from Pickering GO to Toronto Pearson Airport is getting positive reviews on Facebook. With PRESTO, fares are lower than what’s described above. (Facebook image)

Three night routes also reach Pearson: 300 W Bloor-Danforth, 332 W Eglinton West and 352 W Lawrence West.


Northbound and southbound buses to and from Mississauga on MiWay Route 7 run throughout the day.

Brampton Transit

Express buses run between Brampton Terminal and Person Airport and Terminal 1 on Brampton Transit Route 115.

More information can be found on the Pearson Airport website.

As always, you can plan your route at and learn more about how to pay your fare using PRESTO contactless payment online.

All that’s left for you to do is pass the cranberry sauce.

by Mike Winterburn Metrolinx communications senior advisor