When you fly from Ottawa to Toronto with Porter, you’ll land right in the heart of downtown.
There’s no better place to start your trip to Toronto than Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. Just minutes from the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Porter’s convenient location puts you in the heart of the action.
This metropolitan city is home to world-class museums. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and Art Gallery of Ontario house world-famous collections in equally famous buildings. Near the ROM, you’ll find the Bata Shoe Museum and the Gardiner Museum, where you can learn more about footwear and earthenware.
Toronto’s shopping ranges from the vintage and boutique, found in Kensington Market and Queen Street West, to the upscale retail of the Eaton Centre and Yorkville. For a feast for the eyes, take a trip to the St. Lawrence Market, where food meets art. Above the market floor, you’ll find the Market Gallery, which has been hosting art exhibits since 1979.
Before you go back to Ottawa, slot in some time to see Toronto’s Waterfront. A walk along Queen’s Quay can take you to the Harbourfront Centre, a centre for cultural events in Toronto.
Spend some time outside in HTO Park and the Toronto Music Gardens, gazing out at Lake Ontario. Keep going along the Toronto Waterfront and you’ll find yourself back at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, where Porter can take you back to Ottawa.
Porter’s convenient downtown location means your trip from Ottawa to Toronto starts in the heart of the city.
Toronto’s Entertainment District spans a huge swath of the city. On the southern end of this neighbourhood, a rich railway heritage has laid the tracks for a number of train-based attractions. One of the largest remnants of this locomotive history is Toronto’s Union Station. This busy, beautiful train station is worth the stop. To learn more about the railway history of the neighbourhood, visit Roundhouse Park. In the park, mini-trains and a nearby museum will take you down the tracks of this part of Toronto’s past.
Near Roundhouse Park, you’ll find the Steam Whistle Brewery. You can take a tour and commemorate your visit with a souvenir (or a case of beer). The green Steam Whistle bottles are a distinctive product of this environmentally friendly brewery.
On your flight from Ottawa to Toronto, you likely noticed two of the most distinctive buildings in the Toronto skyline. The CN Tower and the Rogers Centre are landmarks of Toronto and just a short walk from Steam Whistle.
The CN Tower offers unprecedented views of the city and fine dining at high altitudes, at Horizons and 360. At 360, the revolving restaurant lets you see the whole city, while you eat.
There’s always something entertaining happening at the Rogers Centre. In the summer, you can watch the Toronto Blue Jays play under the dome or under the sky. Or, choose from one of the many concerts playing all year-round.
For more sports, the ACC has plenty to offer. See the Toronto Raptors play basketball or watch the Toronto Maple Leafs take to the ice, depending on the season.
As you head further north into the Entertainment District, you’ll find a thriving performing arts scene. Give this area an encore with a show in the Princess of Wales Theatre or the Ed Mirvish Theatre, or any one of the numerous smaller theatres.
With so many things to do in the Entertainment District, this neighbourhood has earned a round of applause. Whether you head south to the Toronto waterfront, or east to explore St. Lawrence Market, it’s just a short distance to the highlights of your trip from Ottawa to Toronto.
You don’t need to be a student to study this neighbourhood during your trip from Ottawa to Toronto.
When you’re in the University neighbourhood, there are plenty of learning opportunities. At the Gardiner Museum, pottery is put into the spotlight. In the Bata Shoe Museum, you can take a walk through the history of footwear. For a bit of everything, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) has a collection that includes dinosaurs, native history, and minerals.
Spend some time outside in this area’s green spaces. Between the massive trees of Queen’s Park, you’ll have views of the Ontario Legislature. Behind the ROM, Philosopher’s Walk is a quiet retreat from the street. For a more collegiate experience, you’ll find even more greenery throughout the University of Toronto campus, including the King’s College Circle field.
A walk through the University of Toronto Campus is a great way to see some of Toronto’s history. University College, Knox College, and Trinity College are favourite photo-ops for students and visitors alike. For more recent architecture, the imposing Robarts Library is one of the University’s landmarks.
If you don’t feel like eating from the food trucks outside of Robarts, you’re in luck. Just north of University is Yorkville, home to some of the best restaurants in Toronto.
You can stay in Yorkville and shop along the Mink Mile, or go west to the Annex to see historic houses. Wherever you go, University will set you up for success on your trip from Ottawa to Toronto.
Fly non-stop from Ottawa Macdonald Cartier International Airport (YOW) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Ottawa to Toronto flight time is 1 hour on average. The distance from Toronto to Ottawa is around 350 km/ 215 mi.
While onboard, sit back, relax, and enjoy our free drinks and snacks.
Porter’s check-in desk is on the third floor, in the departures area.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown Ottawa.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Take the OC Transpo 97 Airport / Bayshore and Bells bus to the airport stop. The fare is $3.65 CAD.
Taxis to Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) from downtown cost about $35 CAD. Car service costs about $90 CAD.
Porter Airlines lands you in Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), which is just 3 km / 2 mi away from downtown Toronto.
From the base of Bathurst, you can take the 511 streetcar to Bathurst subway station or the 509 streetcar to Union subway station. You can take the subway, GO Transit, PATH or UP Express to and from Union Station. TTC fare for subways, buses, and streetcars is $3.25 CAD.
Ubers are available for pick-up and drop-off at the airport.
You can choose to take the pedestrian tunnel to the mainland terminal of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, or the 90-second ferry ride that runs every 15 minutes across Toronto’s inner harbour.
Hertz is conveniently located in-terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the lower level.
Taxis to downtown cost about $10 CAD. Car service is about $40 CAD.
The shuttle pick-up is just outside the mainland terminal area, under the shuttle bus sign. The pick-up and drop-off location is by the west entrance of the Royal York Hotel on York Street.
The shuttle bus offers comfortable and complimentary service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and downtown, approximately every 15 minutes. Times may vary due to traffic and road conditions.
The UP Express Train connects you between Union Station, Bloor Station, Weston Station and Pearson Airport. For ticket fares and schedules, visit upexpress.com