Go from the seaside to lakeside, with flights from St. John’s to Toronto.
Porter’s convenient downtown location lands you on the shores of Lake Ontario, minutes away from amazing Toronto attractions. With many of Toronto’s points of interest just a short trip from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, you can start exploring the city as soon as you exit the plane.
Gaze out over the Toronto Harbour from the city’s stunning waterfront. Walking and cycling paths let you take the scenic route through waterfront parks like the Toronto Music Garden and the WaveDeck boardwalk. To venture further into the city, head to the historic Union Station and catch a subway train to more of the best things to do in Toronto.
Take the subway to St. Patrick Station for the famous frames of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), or ride to Museum Station to visit the vast collection of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). After roaming through the ROM, take a stroll through the surrounding University neighbourhood, which features smaller museums, specializing in everything from footwear to earthenware.
Toronto’s educational heritage is on display at the University of Toronto. Double major in scenery and history with a walk among these stately buildings. Throughout Toronto, historic buildings provide a window into the city’s past, from the two-century-old Grange House, to the early 1900’s luxury of Casa Loma.
Dating back to the same era as Casa Loma, Allan Gardens was built in 1910. No matter when you visit from St. John’s, the lush plant life of this greenhouse is always in bloom. To see the seasons change in the city, head to High Park, or take a ferry out to the Toronto Islands.
After returning to the mainland from the Toronto Islands, you’re just a streetcar ride away from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and your plane back to St. John’s.
Once you’ve arrived from St. John’s, watch Toronto put on a show in the Entertainment District.
A variety of venues spread throughout this neighbourhood put the spotlight on the performing arts. Whether you’re listening to the sounds of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Roy Thomson Hall, or watching the Mirvish theatre company take to the stage in the Royal Alexandra Theatre, you’ll want to give this neighbourhood a standing ovation. With even more small theatre venues throughout the area, the Entertainment District has earned its name.
After the curtains close, take some time to experience the Entertainment District’s other arts offerings. Beyond the performing arts, fine art and film add colour to the area. Since 1979, Gallery 44 has focused on contemporary photography and exhibiting emerging artists. For a frame by frame look at cinema, get a ticket (and some popcorn) for the festivals and film retrospectives of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Bell Lightbox.
Step outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox to step onto Canada’s Walk of Fame. This stretch of Simcoe Street and King Street honours Canada’s stars from almost every field, from sports to social justice.
After getting a taste of fame, sit down for a meal in one of the Entertainment District’s restaurants. These trendy eateries are as exciting as the rest of the area, cooking up creative dishes in stylish settings.
Enjoy an encore of Toronto’s entertainment offerings during your trip to Toronto from St. John’s, in the Entertainment District. With attractions like the CN Tower, ACC, and Rogers Centre, the Entertainment District makes for the perfect double feature to the Entertainment District.
As your flight from St. John’s approaches the city, look out your window to catch a glimpse of the Toronto Islands. After taking the tunnel (or the ferry) from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, head to the Toronto ferry docks, for a scenic ferry ride across the Toronto Harbour to reach these idyllic islands.
Connected via boardwalks, paths, and bridges, the three Toronto Islands are easily traversed on foot. Island hop between Centre Island, Algonquin Island, and Ward’s Island as you stroll through this natural Toronto haven.
While you could travel almost all of the Toronto Islands on foot, the real fun starts in the water. With a grand tour of the Islands’ beach system, you can get some sand between your toes as you take in different angles of the Toronto skyline. Get your swimsuit ready for Ward’s Island Beach and Centre Island Beach, or bare it all on Hanlan's Point Beach, the Toronto Islands’ clothing optional beach.
After a dip in the lake, head to Gibraltar Point to visit another of the Islands’ points of interest. The Gibraltar Point Lighthouse dates back to 1808 and is the oldest standing lighthouse on the Great Lakes, but the history of this lighthouse is far from smooth sailing. The lighthouse’s first keeper reportedly met a grisly end in 1815, leading to the site’s haunted reputation.
Explore the Toronto Island’s shoreline on the system of piers and boardwalks that run along the lake. Away from waves and sand, the interiors of the islands are mostly wooded, with parkland throughout. From the large Toronto Island Park, to the woods surrounding Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, a good deal of greenery covers the Islands.
But there’s more to do on the Toronto Islands than enjoying the scenery. Head to Far Enough Farm to meet a variety of exotic birds and familiar farmyard animals in a rural setting. For something (slightly) more fast paced, the rides of the whimsical Centreville Amusement Park offer family-friendly fun.
With views of the city and a variety of attractions, the Toronto Islands are a scenic escape within the city. Easily accessible from the Toronto ferry docks, these islands are just a short boat ride away after your plane from St. John’s lands.
St. John’s to Ottawa direct and connecting flights are available to get you there.
Fly direct from St. John’s International Airport (YYT) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YYZ), with stops in Halifax and Ottawa. St. John’s to Toronto flight time is 5 hours and 30 minutes on average. The distance from St. John’s to Toronto is around 2,190 km / 1,360 mi.
For connecting flights, fly from St. John’s to Toronto, with a connection in Halifax and a connection in Ottawa or Montréal. Connection times vary.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in the departures area.
St. John’s International Airport (YYT) is about 10 km / 6 mi from downtown St. John’s.
Taxis from downtown cost about $25 CAD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
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.
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.
Ubers are available for pick-up and drop-off at the airport.
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