Travel directionsIf you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, see the last section of this page.
Arriving by airLester B. Pearson International Airport is about 20km west of the Department.
A cab ride during off-peak hours takes about 25 minutes; during rush hour (7:30–9:30 a.m. and 4:00–7 p.m) the ride takes from 40 minutes to an hour. Taxis from the airport charge a flat rate, currently (December 2008) $49 to the department ($50 to the Holiday Inn). (Rates are available in this file. The department is in the area between Bathurst, Bayview, the QEW, and Bloor.) Limos are also available. The vehicles used by airport taxi and limo companies are pretty much the same; limos charge about 10% more than taxis.
Trips to the airport may be arranged in advance by calling an airport taxi company. Alternatively, you may take a regular city taxi to the airport. If you do so, you have the option of negotiating a flat rate with the driver before you set off. If you negotiate a flat rate, the driver is required to put the meter on and charge you the lesser of the flat rate you negotiated and the charge on the meter.
Most taxis and limos accept credit cards.
You can also reach the Department by public transportation from the airport. Take the 192 Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus from the airport to Kipling subway station (the end of the line), then the subway to St. George Street. The fare is $2.75 (December 2008). (You pay when you enter the bus (exact fare or a token required); no additional fare is required for the subway.) The trip takes 50 minutes to an hour. Departure times from Terminal 1 at the airport.
Arriving by trainUnion Station in Toronto is connected to the subway. Take the University subway line north from Union Station to the St. George Station. Exit on St. George St., turn left, and walk to Bloor Street (about 100m). The department is a half a block south, on St. George, and the Holiday Inn Midtown is about a half a block west, on Bloor.
Arriving by car
Driving from the East (Montreal, Kingston, Oshawa)Take Highway 401 into Toronto, and then exit onto the Don Valley Parkway. Drive South for about 10 km and exit at Bloor St. Turn right onto Bloor, and continue west. After about 3 km (you will pass major intersections at Yonge St., Bay St., and Avenue Road) you will reach St. George. The Department of Economics is a half a block south, on the right.
Driving from the West (Sarnia, London, Guelph)Take Highway 401 into Toronto and then exit onto the W. R. Allen Expressway, South. After about 4 km, the expressway ends at Eglinton Avenue. Stay in the left lanes and turn left on Eglinton. Follow Eglinton to Bathurst (about 2 km.) and turn right on Bathurst. Follow Bathurst south for about 4 km., past St. Clair and Bloor, to Harbord (the second light south of Bloor). Turn left on Harbord and continue east across several city streets to Spadina and then St. George. Turn left on St. George. The Department of Economics is a block and a half north, on the left.
Driving from the West (Niagara Falls, Hamilton)Take the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way), which becomes the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto. About 15km. past Highway 427, exit north on Spadina. Continue north on Spadina for about 3km. to Harbord Street, passing Queen, Dundas, and College. Turn right on Harbord, then left two blocks later on St. George. The Department of Economics is a block and a half north, on the left.
- If you are staying at the Holiday Inn, use the hotel parking lot.
- If you are at the Department of Economics for a day, ask someone in the department before you visit.
HotelsStylized map, with nearby hotels and Department of Economics.
Closest hotelHoliday Inn Midtown ($$)
280 Bloor Street West (at St. George Street)
Tel: (416) 968-0010
Fax: (416) 968-7765
Other HotelsPark Hyatt Hotel ($$$)
4 Avenue Road (at Bloor Street)
Tel: (416) 924-5471
Entry into Canada by non-CanadiansEntry requirements are discussed on this page. Although the page appears to admit the possibility of entering the country without a passport, in practice a passport is required. Note that if you do not hold a US Green Card and are a citizen of any country on the list at the top of this page you require a visa, which requires you to obtain a letter of invitation. (The exemption for US Green Card holders is mentioned in the section "Visitor Visa Exemptions" at the bottom of the page.)
You can use a credit card for most items (hotel, airport limousine, most taxis), so you probably won't need a lot of Canadian currency unless you're planning to stay for a few days. You may use your bank card at an airport ATM to get Canadian currency or you may exchange cash at foreign exchange outlets. (The exchange rates offered at the airport are extremely poor.)