AUGUST 15-19, 2011


Airport Transportation

The main airport of Toronto is Pearson International Airport (airport code: YYZ), located about 25km from Downtown Toronto. Pearson is served by all major airlines. (Passport is required when entering Canada).

Airport Transportation (to Westin)

Taxi/Limo: The cost of Taxi or Limo from Pearson Airport to the Westin Harbour Castle is approximately $50. Airport Taxis and Limos take major credit cards.
Airport Bus: There is an airport bus service to major downtown hotels ( Airport Express), which runs every half hour from 5am until midnight. (Travel time to Westin: 30 min. Cost: $21.95. Tickets can be bought inside Terminal.)

Public Transportation: Public transportation is available, but is not entirely convenient. First take the bus 192 AIRPORT ROCKET to KIPLING STATION. Change to subway (BLOOR-DANFORTH subway towards KENNEDY). Change at ST GEORGE STATION station to UNIVERSITY-SPADINA subway towards FINCH Station. Exit at UNION STATION. You can (1) Exit subway and walk, or (2) Change to Streetcar (any of 509 or 510) and exit at first stop: QUEENS QUAY STATION. Exit of the station is diagonally across the street from Westin. Travel time: 1.5+ hours.
Note: Exact change $3 (Canadian Dollars) required at Pearson bus stop.

Alternative Airport: For folks flying in from Chicago, Boston, or New York (Newark), there is the option to fly into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (airport code: YTZ) with Porter Airlines. The airport is a 5 min Taxi ride from the Westin Harbour Castle. The planes are large turboprop airplanes. Airfare, service, and convenience are very good.

Porter airlines Porter Airlines offers a 20% discount on all fare classes for attendees travelling to Toronto for SIGCOMM 2011. Porter provides free in-flight snacks and beverages, including beer and wine and flies to YTZ. Please book online at or call 1-888-619-8622 using the promo code SIGCOM. The 20% discount applies to the best available published fares at the time of booking. The discounted fares are available for travel between August 12 and August 22, 2011.

Getting Around in Toronto

Public Transportation: The public transportation system consists of subways, streetcars, and buses. Streetcars or buses require exact change ($3) or a token. Tokens can be purchased at any subway station. A "TTC Day Pass" ($10) allows unlimited usage of subways, streetcars, and buses. On weekends 2 adults and up to four children can ride on a single Day Pass. The subway has only two major lines, but is a fast way to move around the city. When changing between subway and streetcar, or between streetcars/buses, you need to show a transfer. Transfers can be obtained in a subway station (after you enter the turnstile), from streetcar conductor, or bus driver. The conference hotel is close to UNION STATION.
Walking and Safety: Toronto is one of the safest cities in North America. Most people feel safe walking around at any time of the day.


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