Wikimania 2009/Bids/Toronto/Getting there and getting around
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|Location proposed:||University of Toronto|
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Estimated round-trip travel costs from all continents, searching mostly American travel sites covering the first weekend in August 2006. Note that this list must be updated to reflect 2009.
Toronto Pearson International Airport is served by over 50 domestic and international airlines, and features modern facilities, especially for international and transborder flights, with a terminal opened in 2004, and significantly expanded in 2007. It is the 29th busiest airport in the world, allowing it to have the amenities of many of the other airports (such as a museum, artwork, sculptures, plentiful shops and restaurants, and an interterminal shuttle), while being slightly less harried than the other facilities. The airport also has US Border Pre-clearance, allowing many Wikimedians to deal with Customs before arriving home.
Airlines operating out of Pearson include Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, Air Georgian, Air China, Air Jamaica, Alitalia, Austrian Airlines, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Icelandair, Jet Airways, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Sunwing Airlines, Turkish Airlines, United Airlines (including United Express operated by Chautauqua Airlines and Shuttle America), Aeroflot, Air France, Air India, Air Transat, American Airlines, American Eagle, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, CanJet, Cathay Pacific, Cubana de Aviación, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, El Al, Finnair, Kelowna Flightcraft Air Charter, KLM, Korean Air, Martinair, MyTravel Airways, Pakistan International Airlines, SATA International, Sol Dominicana Airlines, Skyservice, Grupo TACA, Thomas Cook Airlines, WestJet, and Zoom Airlines.
Canada is a far easier country to travel to than the United States. Canada allows far more people to visit without a visa.
Citizens of nations such as Greece, Mexico, South Korea, Israel, Botswana, and Hong Kong would all need to apply for visas to enter the United States...but can freely travel to Canada without any formalities.
For those who do require a visa, it is still typically much easier to acquire a Canadian visa - for example, while the United States rejects 40 to 50% of student visa applications, Canada rejects only about 10%. In part because of the travel difficulties there has recently been a steady procession of American organizations holding conferences in Canada. For instance, the American Psychological Association, American Library Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Philatelic Society, FBI National Academy Associates have all recently elected to hold conventions in Toronto.
Visa Requirements and Exemptions
Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada/Citoyenneté et Immigration Canada - http://www.cic.gc.ca
|Countries and territories whose citizens require visas in order to enter Canada as visitors|
|Citizens of the following countries and territories require a Visa to VISIT or TRANSIT Canada:|
|A||Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan|
|B||Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi|
|C||Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China (People's Republic of), Colombia, Comoros, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba|
|D||Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic|
|E||East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia|
|G||Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana|
|H||Haiti, Honduras, Hungary|
|I||India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Ivory Coast|
|K||Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea (Democratic People's Republic), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan|
|L||Laos, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania|
|M||Macao S.A.R., Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives Islands, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar|
|N||Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria|
|P||Pakistan, Palau, Palestinian Authority, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland|
|R||Romania, Russia, Rwanda|
|S||Sao Tomé e Principe, Saudi Arabia (Kingdom of), Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Syria|
|T||Taiwan (Republic of China), Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu|
|U||Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan|
|V||Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam|
|Countries and territories whose citizens do not require visas in order to enter Canada as visitors|
|Many people do not require a visa to visit Canada. These include:|
The University of Toronto is located just to the northwest of the downtown core of the city. The main portion of the campus is bounded by Bloor Street on the north, College Street on the south, Spadina Street in the west and University Avenue in the east. All of these streets are major Toronto thoroughfares, and are well served by public transportation and taxies. Subway routes run under both Bloor and University, with four stations directly bordering the campus on the north and eastern sides.
In addition, the campus is relatively compact and pedestrian friendly. Walking from the northwest to southeast corners takes about 15 minutes, and reaching any point on campus from the nearest TTC station should take no more than five minutes.
Getting from the airport
Pearson International Airport is the primary airport for the Toronto area, and used by the majority of flights in and out of the city. Pearson lies on the northwest edge of the Toronto area.
- Distance from international airport: The University of Toronto is 32 km (20 miles) from Pearson International Airport. Taxies and airport limousines will cost approximately $50 from the airport to the campus area. A less expensive option, and often even faster, is to take public transit; TTC runs buses between Pearson and Kipling, the end of the Bloor subway line. From there the subway to Spadina or St. George takes about 15 minutes. GO Transit (provincial public) and Pacific Western Bus Lines (private) run direct trips to Union Station.
- Distance from mainline station(s): The University of Toronto is 3 km from Union Station (Spadina, St. George, Museum, and Queen's Park subway stations all connect the campus to Union.)
- Distance from most accommodations: If we stay in New College, about 60 metres. There are also at least a half dozen hotels within a ten minute walk, and many affordable hotels within walking distance of the subway.
The Toronto public transit system, run by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), operates buses, streetcars, and rapid transit in the city. The system also has WheelTrans, providing door-to-door services for persons with physical disabilities.
To get from Pearson Airport to the UofT (New College) by transit, simply take the 192 Airport Rocket shuttle bus to Kipling Station on the subway system (a 20-minute ride, service every 15-minutes), taking the Bloor-Danforth line to the Spadina Station. At Spadina, go up the flight of stairs at the Spadina exit to the underground streetcar station. Get on the 510 Streetcar (The streetcar's sign would either say 510 KING, 510 UNION STATION, or 510 QUEEN'S QUAY, but don't worry because they all make stops at New College). Get off at Willcocks Street. As this stop is only about 250 m south of the Spadina station, walking is also an option.
While you can pay for
- individual fares on the Transit system: CDN$2.75 (1.94€ or 2.75 USD), or CDN$1.85 (1.30€ or 1.85 USD) for students/65+
- individual fares in bulk: 5 for CDN$11.25 (7.83€ or 11.24 USD), or 5 for CDN$7.50 (5.05€ or 7.50 USD) for students/65+
- day passes: CDN$9.00 (6.26€ or 9.00 USD). Daypass is for one person on weekdays. Daypass is for a family/group on saturday, sunday, and statutory holiday. A family/group is defined as: 1 adult plus 5 children (age 19 or under), or 2 adults plus 4 children (age 19 or under), or 2 adults.
- week passes: CDN$32.25 (22.45€ or 32.21 USD), or CDN$25.5 (17.75€ or 25.47 USD) for students/65+