Airports in Canada have porter services to help passengers with luggage. It is cheaper, however, to handle luggage using the carts provided. Depending on the airport, carts may be free of charge or used for a minimal fee. Exact change in Canadian currency (25 cent, $1.00 and $2.00 coins) may be needed to use the carts.
Most major airports in Canada have a “Park and Fly” Service. This is a parking service at designated areas, typically for longer stays. Parking is usually cheaper the further you park from the airport and the airport often offers a courtesy shuttle service to the terminal.
The The Macdonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW) is located 20 minutes from downtown Ottawa. There are various methods of easy transfer to and from the airport, including taxi, limousine service or bus. Bus 97 departs from post 14 outside the Arrivals area on the ground floor. Bus tickets are available at the Ground Transportation Desk located on Level 1 at the centre door of the Arrivals area. The Macdonald-Cartier Airport offers free short-term parking to vehicles with red diplomatic plates. These spaces can be used for up to 24 hours. The designated parking spots are found on Level 1 of the parkade in the section marked ‘Reserved Parking 03’. Simply follow the left-hand lane of the arrivals roadway to the rental car entrance. No prior arrangements are necessary to use these spaces.
Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport: www.ottawa-airport.ca
The airport in Montréal is called Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) and is located on the Island of Montréal, 20 km from downtown Montréal. It is the only Canadian airport that offers non-stop service to Africa and it contains the largest duty-free shop in North America. The 747 express is an STM-dedicated airport bus. The purchase of the $10.00 ticket gives unlimited access to Montréal’s transit system for a 24-hour period, making it easy to visit downtown and make several stops in the downtown area. A taxi would charge approximately $40.00. Free parking at the airport is available to diplomats in the ExpressParc and ProxyParc lots for periods less than eight hours. This applies to any individual who holds a type “C,” “D,” “I” or “J” federal identification card as well as any accredited family members driving the vehicle.
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport: www.admtl.com
Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ), also known as Lester B. Pearson International Airport, is located 22.5 km northwest of downtown Toronto in the adjacent municipality of Mississauga. Pearson is the largest and busiest airport in Canada. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) recently added a direct rail service to Pearson International Airport. This service is called the Union-Pearson Express (UP) and it runs between Union Station (the main train and GO Transit station) and the airport, making other stops only at Bloor and Weston. This service costs $12.35 one-way and $24.70 return. Tickets can be purchased online, at vending machines or at service counters at the stations. Tickets may also be purchased on-board (credit card only), but there is an additional surcharge of $2.00 (www.upexpress.com). A taxi drive to the airport will take 30 to 60 minutes and cost approximately $55, plus tip. It is advisable to check with the taxi company for more accurate travel times. Booking in advance is also a good idea. Parking at Toronto Pearson airport is free for all diplomats, provided that proper identification is provided.
Toronto Pearson International Airport: www.torontopearson.com
Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), operated by the Toronto Port Authority, is located on the Toronto Islands. It can be reached by a short ferry trip that is free for pedestrians but costs $11.00 a vehicle. The ferry runs every 15 minutes until midnight. A pedestrian tunnel also connects the airport to downtown Toronto. Flights by regional carriers service destinations such as Ottawa, Montréal, many other Canadian cities and some U.S. cities. Travel between Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal is very convenient. Despite its small size, this airport is ranked third in Ontario in terms of passenger traffic.
Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto: www.torontoport.com
Calgary International Airport (YYC), operated by The Calgary Airport Authority, is the international airport that serves Calgary and its region. It is located approximately 17 km northeast of downtown Calgary, offering scheduled non-stop flights to major cities in Canada, the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and East Asia. It is accessible by the public bus transportation service, Calgary Transit. Route 57 offers service to and from the Whitehorn LRT Station. Route 300 offers a rapid, limited stop service to downtown via Centre Street. Route 100, the Airport BRT, offers express service to downtown Calgary with connections to the McKnight – Westwinds Light Rail Transit Station and route 430 to North Crosstown.
Calgary International Airport: www.yyc.com
Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is located 30 km south of downtown Edmonton, along Alberta's primary north-south access (Alberta Provincial Highway No.2), and is a 30-minute drive from downtown. It offers non-stop flights to many destinations in Canada, the US, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe. Ground transportation options for arriving and departing passengers include ETS Route 747 express bus service. Route 747 runs every half hour between EIA and the Century transit station, providing connections across the city. The fare is $5 or 2 adult ETS tickets for a one-way trip and can be paid directly to the driver. The Edmonton Skyshuttle offers airport pickup and drop-off to many locations across the city. A round-trip fare for an adult is $30 or $18 for children ages 4-12. Rides must be booked in advance online or by phone at 780-465-8515. Alternately, the flat rate for transportation from the airport to downtown Edmonton is $55 by taxi and $66 by limo.
Edmonton International Airport: www.flyeia.com
Vancouver is serviced by Vancouver International Airport (YVR), located on Sea Island in the City of Richmond, immediately south of Vancouver. Vancouver Airport is the second busiest airport in Canada and one of the busiest international airports on the west coast of North America. The subway from Vancouver Airport to downtown Vancouver, called the Canada Line, connects YVR to Metro Vancouver. The travel time to downtown is about 25 minutes. A taxi between the airport and downtown costs approximately $38.00.
Vancouver International Airport: www.yvr.ca