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  • Do I have to collect my luggage?
    Apr 21, 2017
    Hi all, I'm flying from Calgary to Atlanta with an 18 hour stopover in Toronto. I'm flying in on Westjet and flying out on Delta (codeshare partners). Does anyone know if I will have to collect my baggage when I land and keep it with me for those 18 hours? or will they take care of it and I'll meet my luggage in Atlanta? Thank you in advance for your help!!


  • flying from NY to Belize via Tornto with Westjest.Checked bags?
    Apr 11, 2017
    we have a 90 min lay over on a Westjet flight from NY to Belize, all with WEstjet on the same booking. Will i have to pick up the checked bag and recheck or does it go straight through?


    Your bags should go straight through. You will just have to go through Canadian passport control in Toronto.


  • Meeting a friend
    Mar 26, 2017
    My Friend is travelling from Boston to Paris via YYZ. He arrives at YYZ at 4:05 pm and leaves at 7:35. Would he be able to come out of the secure area to meet me for a coffee and would he have time? I know he has to transit through customs--would grabbing a coffee complicate things?


    It is possible. He will go through Canadian immigration when he arrives, at that point he could leave security and then come back before his flight.


  • 24 hr layover
    Mar 27, 2017
    I have a 24 hr layover in Toronto, arriving from the US on Air Canada Express at 9pm, departing to Dublin on Air Canada Rouge at 9pm the following day. I'm planning to leave the airport, rent a car, and drive down to Niagara for the night. My question is what will happen with my checked bags? For an international connection will I have to pick them up, go through customs, and re-check them? And/or will I have to take them with me when I leave the airport?


    You will have to claim your bags and re-check them the next day due to the length of your layover in Toronto.




  • 6 hr Layover
    Mar 6, 2017
    I have a flight from LGW to Calgary with a 6 hr layover in Toronto. Will I be able to meet a few people at the airport for a little while and do I need to take my luggage with me or will it be sent on the next flight directly?


    What airlines are you flying? If both flights are on Westjet then you will have to claim your bags to take them through Canadian customs but then can immediately re-check them at the re-check desk, then you can meet your friends. You have to head back to security a little more than an hour before your flight to Calgary.


  • custom clearance in toronto airport
    Feb 20, 2017
    I will be flying from calgary to Dublin Ireland with layover in Toronto. Is 1 hr and 35 min sufficient for the transfer? Also, do I go through Ireland immigration at Toronto or at Dublin?


    You go through Ireland immigration and Customs in Dublin. All you have to do in Toronto is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. You have plenty of time.


  • Flying international through Toronto
    Feb 11, 2017
    I will be flying international from Tel Aviv to Toronto. My flight lands at 4:25 pm and my connection is at the same terminal at 5:50 headed for Chicago USA. Will this be enough time to clear us customs and make it to my connection?


    Are both flights on the same reservation? What airlines are you flying?


    Yes it's air Canada! Itinerary says terminal 1 for landing and connection


    Then yes, that is enough time. you will proceed directly to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance upon arrival in Toronto.


  • Connections Air canada
    Feb 2, 2017
    I have a fligjt from Ottawa to Toronto and then a connecting flight from Toronto to Frankfurt, and layover is 1hrs. Is that sufficient for me to change the gate at terminal 1.


    Yes, that is enough time.


    Thanks ZAP, Can you tell me how much minimum time required to catch the flight at Toronto airport termina 1, if I am coming from Ottawa to connecting flight to Frankfurt. If I just have to change the gate. Please tell me. Thanks In Advanced.


    30 minutes is doable but leaves no margin for error. An hour is more comfortable.


  • Traveling RDU - to Japan
    Jan 26, 2017
    Family traveling with three kids 10,8, and 6 from Raleigh Durham to Tokyo Japan with a 6 hour layover in Toronto. Is this enough time to leave the airport and go to the CN Tower or hockey Hall of Fame. Thanks


    No, that is not realistically enough time to do that. YYZ is not close to downtown.




  • Where to meet on Layover
    Jan 7, 2017
    My friend has a layover at YYZ, he is coming from the US on route to Vancouver. We'd like to meet for a drink since I live in TO. Is there a convenient location in the airport for us to meet?


  • Layover and bags
    Jan 6, 2017
    Im flying from LAX to London, Ontario with a layover in Toronto, will i have to claim my bags in Toronto?


    Most passengers coming from the US do not have to, but confirm that with Border Canada upon arrival.


  • Layover long enough?
    Dec 29, 2016
    I am flying from Halifax to Lima via Toronto, all with Air Canada. I have a 2h20m layover. Is this enough time? On the way home, I only have 1h30m layover in Toronto before flying back to Halifax. Was I crazy to book these flights!?


    Yes, that is definitely enough time on the way to Lima as all you have to do is walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate. On the way back it's a bit tougher but you should still have plenty of time and Air Canada has lots of flights from Toronto to Halifax should you miss your connection.


  • Layover in Toronto
    Dec 5, 2016
    Arriving in Toronto from Winnipeg. 1.24 hours layover. connecting flight to London, England. do you think its sufficient layover time? do I need to change terminal in Toronto? Do I need to collect my luggage and give it back again at international terminal


    Yes, that is enough time. Toronto does not have an "International Terminal". If both flights are on the same airline you just have to walk from your arrival gate to your departure gate in Toronto.


  • ?
    Nov 14, 2016
    A friend is coming in from Schipol Netherlands with a 6 hour layover in Toronto. Does she have to claim baggage or will it go straight through?


  • 8 hour layover
    Nov 9, 2016
    We are on our way to the Bahamas and have a 8 hour layover in Toronto, is there any place we can leave our bags, so we can go and do something in the area.


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