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Transit Travel in Toronto: UP Express – Review

Toronto. It is one of the busiest cities in Canada, and I love visiting it whenever I can. On my family’s latest visit to this mega metropolis, we wanted to try to give our car a rest and to use some of the transit options available. Since our hotel was close to my family’s home in Mississauga, ON (a suburban city just west of Toronto), we thought it would be a great idea to try using the UP Express to travel to downtown Toronto.

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Front of UP Express Train at Pearson Station.

Transit Travel in Toronto

The Union Pearson (or UP) Express is a train service that makes connecting from Union Station in the heart of downtown Toronto to Pearson International Airport fast and convenient for travelers and commuters. To travel from one end of the line to the other takes only takes 25 minutes, and the train has four stops at these stations: Union, Weston, Bloor, and Pearson.

Cost and conveniences

This mode of transit in the city of Toronto is a bit more expensive since it is such a direct line from the airport to downtown Toronto. The prices also vary depending various circumstances. Whether you are hopping on for a One-Way or Round Trip ride, if you are trying to bide time in between flights, or are a group of people travelling on the train or are taking a visitor to the Pearson or to Union and want to say a fond farewell before they depart, the UP Express is a great way to travel. There are even separate fares for commuters who want to ride for one or two stops between Union and Pearson. 

Riding the UP Express

The UP Express was a fabulous option for our family to use while on our vacation home. We were able to use our hotel’s shuttle service to take us to Pearson to catch the UP Express. We then weaved our way to the Union Station and took in the views while we waited for our train to arrive.

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Pearson International Airport terminal and road with cars and people.
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Pearson International Airport terminal road and airplane.

It was also nice to have the screens with details of when the next few trains were to depart and arrive.

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UP Express information screen.

Once on the train, we took our seats for our short adventure across the city. We were lucky enough to get a block of seats that was near the screen that showed us information about UP Express as well as a map of the train line.

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UP Express train car information screen.

The seats were comfy, too. The table and hook in the back of the seats made it easy to hang up a bag or coat or get some work done while in transit.

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Hands holding information booklet of “On The UP” while seated on the UP Express.

My family had an amazing trip on the UP Express. Out trip from Pearson International Airport to Union Station was really fast and smooth, allowing us to be able to reach downtown Toronto from the west side of the city with a lot more time to enjoy our visit. It was also great to have a lot of information about the service of this mode of transit at hand. Finally, it is so convenient to be able to hop onto other transit systems, like VIA Rail and the Toronto Transit Commission (or the TTC) within minutes of exiting a UP Express train car. The UP Express really helped us add a lot of fun and adventure to our transit experience in Toronto!

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CN Tower by the Ripley’s Aquarium
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Family in front of fountain at Rogers Centre.

Would you use the UP Express as a mode of transit around Toronto or as a means to get to and from the airport?

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Transit Travel in Toronto – UP Express

Disclaimer: I received passage on the UP Express in order to write this post. The views I shared are my own.

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  1. I love the idea of an Express transit, much nicer than being stuck in traffic in a car. A very neat way to get around.

  2. Sounds like a great way to get downtown, I don’t know what it would be like to go by car, I have never been to Toronto and just the thought scares me..lol

  3. It’s so nice to see transit like this and I’m assuming it’s totally wheelchair accessible which is awesome because I’m in a wheelchair and in the past I’ve only had my van for transportation

  4. I haven’t used the UP Express, but I do love traveling the subways in Toronto, or anywhere for that mater. Just love subways!


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