Toronto Pearson Layover Guide

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is the largest and most crowded airport in the country. If you are having a layover in the airport, there is a lot to do. It is only 17 mi. from the center of Toronto, which means it is more than close enough to visit during a layover.

If you can’t leave the airport, there are plenty of things to do including duty free shopping, restaurants, and bars. For more info about duty free check here. For more info about food and drink check here.


Layover In Toronto

Also, there are many other things such as an Interfaith chapel, manicure place, pay phones, nursing area, currency exchange, and shoe shining. You can find all the areas here. In addition, you can get wifi in the airport, with a credit card. For addition info, go here.

If you are tired, head over to the Vaccaro Spa & Salon. Here it is possible to get your hair and nails done. In addition, you can also get facials and massage. You can find it at Terminal 3. Go here for more information about appointments and services.

You can also find 5 Plaza Premium Lounges in the airport terminals. Inside they have TVs, coffee, internet access, food, and alcohol. The cost to enter is for 3 hours and before 11 am for adults are $30 and after 11 am is $35. For children between 4 and 11 it is $25 and for children under 3 it is free. You can get a map for the lounges in the airport here.

There are several local hotels in the area, as well as the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Terminal 3. Additionally, you can call the hotels for kiosks located in Terminals 1 and 3. nFor those wanting to explore, you can place your luggage for a short period of time. For addition info, contact the store.

For those heading outside during a layover, there are taxis just outside of Arrivals. The rates are already set based off of the time and distance. You can get more information here. For a free ride, take the LINK. It can take you between the airport terminals, the Sheraton Hotel, and the parking lot. In addition, you can take any of one of the many public transport option: Toronto Transit Commission, GO TransitMississauga TransitBrampton Transit, and the Pacific Western Airport Express.


Stuff To Do During Toronto Layover:

City Tour

If there isn’t a lot of time, but you want to go to the city, the best option is a city tour. There are several different option including Niagra Falls, bus, Segway, bik, cruises, theater, and much more!


The CN Tower

The CN Tower is the biggest tourist destination in Toronto. It dominates the city’s skyline. In addition, it is the tallest building in the world. Make sure to go up to the observation as well as Restaurant 360. If you want more info, go here.


Kensington Markets

Kensington Market is west of the center of Toronto. The Kensington Market offers many things to do and see such as in dependent designers, vintage shops, retail store, and a lot of places to eat.



The St. Lawrence Market has over 120 shops. It’s in the center of Old Toronto. It’s open from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening on Tuesdays through Thursdays and 8 in the morning to 7 in the evening on Fridays and 5 in the morning to 5 in the evening on Saturdays. For more info, go here.



Steam Whistle Brewery is a popular tourist spot in Toronto. To get more info about tours, go here.

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