How To Get From Toronto City Airport To Downtown

by Vandvoyage

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Landing at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is one of the best urban passenger aviation sights you’ll experience with sweeping views of downtown Toronto as you land. A pretty cool introduction to kick start your visit to the city. Landing at night is a wonder in itself.

Note: Toronto is home to two major passenger airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). YYZ handles international and domestic flights while YTZ handles regional and cross border flights.

This article focuses on how to get from Toronto City Airport to downtown.

Read this article about how to get from Toronto Pearson International Airport to downtown here.

Cheapest: TTC 509 Harbourfront Streetcar

After exiting from the pedestrian tunnel or ferry (one of the shortest scheduled ferry routes in the world clocking in at a whopping 90 seconds of travel time) at Billy Bishop Airport you are a very short walk to a major transit route: the TTC Streetcar system. If you’re arriving from City Airport to downtown Toronto then route 509 is your ride to Union Station.

If your final destination is outside of downtown, walk one more block north to catch 511 Bathurst to Bathurst Station to connect with the TTC subway system and avoid the downtown at rush hour.

Fare is $3.35.

Read information about the TTC 509 Harbourfront Streetcar here.

Slowest: Walk

If it’s a nice day, why not? Billy Bishop Airport is roughly a 30 minute walk to downtown Toronto. YTZ has a unique distinction of being one of the closest major passenger airports to it’s respective downtown in the world. Seriously, YTZ is the closest a passenger flight can land as you can get. Might as well take advantage to get off the plane, stretch your legs, make use of your wheeled luggage, and finish your journey by walking the final portion from Billy Bishop to downtown Toronto. Best of all, it’s free. Even better, you’ll reach those 10,000 steps!

Most Private: Taxi/ Ride Share

Undoubtedly, the most expensive option from our list but the most private. Uber & Lyft offer transportation services from the airport, but expect to pay top-dollar for reaching that destination. Note that rush hour traffic in Toronto can result in heavy gridlock so be prepared for  surge pricing and a longer ride. Expect to pay at least $15 for a ride.

Fastest (and free): Shuttle Bus

Arguably the most convenient option with free Wi-Fi. The YTZ shuttle buses operate every 15 minutes from 5:00am to about midnight depending on the night. Departing from the Passenger Tunnel Access Building of YTZ to the west side of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (York Street) just across the street (Front Street) from Union Station. Note that the shuttle bus pick up/ drop off is at the northeast corner of Front and York Streets.

For more information about the shuttle bus from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Toronto’s Union Station visit here. This shuttle service from Toronto Island Airport to downtown runs in traffic so travel times can be longer depending on rush hour or major events in the downtown core.

Note: Prices are accurate as of July 2024.

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How To Get From Paris Beauvais Airport To The City Centre?

by Vandvoyage

3 min read

Hello there, budget traveller! Planning on visiting Paris whilst on a budget? Then flying into Paris Beauvais Airport (BVA) is for you. But be warned - getting from BVA to central Paris is not easy. Paris Beauvais is almost 70km from central Paris with transport options into the city minimal at best. There’s a reason why budget and low-cost carriers prefer this airport. If your aircraft arrives late there’s a catch: no transport options will be leaving the airport. So you might be stuck in Beauvais overnight.

With Paris hosting the 2024 Olympics expect the city to be even busier than normal.

Note: Paris is home to three major passenger airports: Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly Airport (ORY), and Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA).

This article focuses on how to get from Paris Beauvais-Tillé to central Paris. Read these articles about how to get from Paris Orly Airport here and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport here.

Cheapest & Slowest: Train

Far from being a convenient option with no direct train option serving the airport, it is possible to take the train from Beauvais Airport to central Paris but will require a sense of adventure and exploring the aforementioned city name: Beauvais. Take a taxi or Oise (the regional bus service) from Beauvais Airport to Beauvais Station. From here, take the TER (regional train) to Paris Nord Station.

Be sure to check the schedule beforehand as service ends earlier in the evenings than you would expect. Expect to pay about €15 for the TER train and €3 for the bus.

Most Private: Taxi/ Ride share

Being far from central Paris, Beauvais Airport doesn’t offer much in the way of an affordable Taxi or rideshare service such as Uber, Bolt, or G7. Expect to pay between €140-€200 for a ride. Paris’ traffic is notoriously congested so be prepared to wait if you’re travelling at rush hour.

This option is convenient for those with luggage and groups.

Fastest: Shuttle Bus

Fortunately, Beauvais Airport operates several shuttle bus routes to help get you from BVA to central Paris. There are several bus routes to take:

  • A01 to Porte Maillot Station. Paris Metro interchange hub just west the Arc De Triomphe Note: Due to the Paris 2024  Olympics this route is temporarily suspended
  • A02 to Saint Denis - Université Station. Connections to Metro Line 13.
  • A03 to La Défense. Paris’ modern central busiest district with a large intermodal hub.
  • A05 Disneyland Paris. Major entertainment resort located on the outskirts of Paris.

Of the routes, A01 is the best way to get from Beauvais Airport to central Paris. Travel time to central Paris is about 1 hour 20 minutes depending on traffic.

Cost is about  €17 one-way if booked online in advance; slightly more if purchased at the airport.

Note:

All fares are accurate as of June 2024.

Amazing resource: https://www.ratp.fr/en/titres-et-tarifs/airport-tickets

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How To Get From Paris Orly Airport To The City Centre?

by Vandvoyage

3 min read

Ah the city of lights (and love), Paris. Paris is an amazing city to visit but getting around can be a hassle and very stressful. Paris is a complex web of bus, metro, regional rail, high speed train lines. Let Vandvoyage reduce some of that stress by helping you get from ORY Airport to central Paris stress free. With Paris hosting the 2024 Olympics expect the city to be even busier than normal.

Note: Paris is home to three major passenger airports: Charles de Gaulle (CDG), Orly Airport (ORY), and Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA).

This article focuses on how to get from Aéroport de Paris Orly to central Paris. Read these articles about how to get from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport here and Paris Beauvais-Tillé Airport here.

Cheapest: Metro Line 14

The newly opened Metro Line 14 is by far the most economical way to get from Orly Airport to central Paris. One ride from the airport to central Paris. The most important stations for travellers will be:

  • Gare de Lyon Station
  • Chatelet Station (major interchange hub a short walkway to Chatelet-Les Halles Station)
  • Saint-Lazare Station

With the Olympics coming this summer, expect the Paris Metro to be very busy.

If you are looking for the best way to get from Paris Orly Airport to city centre Paris, RER B is your best option. It is, however, important to remember that Line 14 is not an express train so this train will be making frequent stops

Cost is about €2.15.

Slowest: Orlybus

Whilst neither the slowest nor the cheapest Orlybus occupies a unique middle ground for connectivity to direct connection from Orly Airport. Departing from each terminal at CDG then continuing express into central Paris. Departing every 15 minutes and every 30 minutes in the evenings.

The bus terminates at Place Denfert-Rochereau Station with connections for Metro Lines 4 & 6. It’s important to note that this bus does not reach what is considered “central” Paris. But if your final destination is along Lines 4 or 6 or south of the River Seine then this route is for you.

Cost is €11.20

More information here and you can bok with Paris je t'aime - Paris' Tourism Board.

Travel time is about 30-40 minutes depending on traffic.

Most Private: Taxi/ Ride share

Multiple Taxis and Uber/Bolt options are available. Expect to Pay about €90 for a ride from ORY to central Paris. Please note, traffic in Paris is notoriously congested so be prepared for a long ride and possibly a higher fare.

Notable services:

Bolt

G7 Taxi

Fastest: Orlyval then RER B Train

Whilst not quite direct, the fastest way to get from Orly Airport to central Paris is fastest via the Orlyval followed by RER Line B. The Orlyval is a light metro shuttle service operating between the airport terminals of Orly and the RER Line B station - Antony Station.

Line B travels from ORY through central Paris. The most significant station for travellers is the very grand Gare du Nord Station and Chatelet-Les Halles Station (Paris Metro’s largest and busiest interchange hub). Both stations from transport connections to your final destination. With the Olympics coming this summer, expect both stations to be very busy.

If you are looking for the best way to get from Paris Orly Airport to city centre Paris, RER B is your best option. It is, however, important to remember that Line B is not an express train so this train will be making frequent stops

Cost is €12.10 for the combined ticket. Consider purchasing a Navigo Pass**** to explore Paris and the surrounding area for unlimited trips.

Note:

All fares are accurate as of June 2024.

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