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Toronto to US - airport arrival time

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Toronto to US - airport arrival time

I am flying from Toronto to Orlando on Westjet on a Friday, and the flight leaves at 8:40 pm. What are the wait times for luggage, US pre-clearance and security like at this time at night? I have heard they are bad early in the morning but don't know about evenings. I can either book a train arriving at Union Station at 3:35 or 5:08 pm, and it takes about an hour on the subway/bus to get to the airport. I would rather the 5:08 train if possible to avoid a long wait at the airport, but I'm not sure if that's enough time. Thanks!

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1. Re: Toronto to US - airport arrival time

Your 5:08 arrival into Union should be fine. That would get you to Pearson 2.5 hrs before your flight which is more than enough. There's even some leeway for a late train, we'd say.

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2. Re: Toronto to US - airport arrival time

TTC trip planner puts the length of the trip from Union to Pearson at 68 minutes. If everything goes like clockwork, and you can get on the subway train within 8 minutes, the 5:08 arrival would be fine, getting you to Pearson at 6:24. The problem is if everything does not go like clockwork, you could arrive an hour later. If you take the 5:08 arrival, I would take a taxi from Union Station to Pearson. Otherwise, take the earlier train. Traffic (and TTC) heading out of the city on a Friday at 5pm can be horrible.

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3. Re: Toronto to US - airport arrival time

I would grab the earlier arrival to be safe. You could always grab a bite or coffee at Union Station to fill up some time before heading to the airport.

I would avoid taking taxi during rush hour at 5pm heading westbound... Very bad traffic.

Edited: 9:56 pm, June 22, 2013
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4. Re: Toronto to US - airport arrival time

Not sure what the schedule is like, but there is a bus service from Kingston to Pearson:


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5. Re: Toronto to US - airport arrival time

2 hours is enough for a US flight at Pearson -- they don't really want you there much sooner than that anyway.

However, I'd be worried about the potential for a train delay -- Via's on-time record seems to be getting better, but it'd be a real mess if you got stuck on the train and couldn't get to the airport soon enough. And around 6 pm, hopping in a taxi at Union isn't going to get you to the airport much faster than the TTC route.

The 3:35 pm arrival would be the safe way to go. There's also train 61, which is scheduled to arrive at Union at 4:44 pm.

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