Toronto has become a major metropolitan city that is known as Canada’s capital of commerce. Every year an increasing number of business travellers visit Toronto as it is becoming a popular destination to do business relative to major U.S. cities. Whether you are hosting or attending a business trip to Toronto, these tips will ensure an exceptional experience during your stay.
Pearson International Airport (YYZ) vs Billy Bishop Island Airport (YTZ)
Let’s start with getting here. For those meeting in the downtown core, Toronto is blessed to have a small little airport as part of the Toronto Islands of Lake Ontario. Billy Bishop Toronto Airport handles short-haul flights to and from major North American cities such as New York City, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Montreal and others. If you are visiting or going somewhere that has flights through Billy Bishop, this is your best choice. The airport is small, wait times are minimal and the service is top notch. You can’t go wrong with Billy Bishop. For those flying from further away, Pearson International Airport is the next best thing.
Ride The UP! Express
If you are flying into Pearson International Airport and heading into the downtown area, seriously consider taking the UP Express train. The train boards from right inside the airport so there’s no need to even leave. It is a short walk from most terminals and very convenient. Just buy your ticket, board the train and you’ll be on your way within minutes. This is a much better option than taking a taxi or an Uber.
Stay Like A Local
Toronto is home to diverse people and diverse neighbourhoods. Although we have some wonderful hotel options that are centralized in the Financial District, there are plenty of executive short term furnished rental options dispersed throughout the city. Corporate Getaway offers a variety of furnished condos, houses and lofts in every neighbourhood of the city. Wherever you need to be, Corporate Getaway has some great options for you to consider during your search for accommodation.
The public transit system in Toronto is pretty good despite how much the locals criticize it. You can truly get anywhere in the city by streetcar, subway or bus. In addition to public transit options, Toronto has both Uber and Lyft at affordable rates. The main public transportation hub in the city is called Union Station which is in the centre of the city right beside the Scotiabank Arena, Rogers Centre and CN Tower. Getting on the subway at Union Station will take you anywhere you need to go in the city.
World Class Food
Known for its diversity, Toronto is one of the world’s most global cities. With over 50% of the population born outside of Canada and some 130 languages and dialects spoken, you can expect to find some fantastic food options. An assortment of authentic eateries cover just about every ethnicity, and it isn’t uncommon to find a proper Mexican restaurant on the same block as a traditional Koren spot, a French bistro or a true Jamaican dining experience.