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Tips and ideas on how to best spend a layover at Toronto Pearson YYZ airport. Got a favorite quiet place to connect to wifi? A great bar or restaurant? Maybe an exhibit or a walk? Share your YYZ Airport layover experiences with others, or post a question and get notified when there is a response.

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  • Transit Visa
    Nov 2, 2016
    Hello. I hold a Lebanese passport. i am traveling from Costa Rica - Sjo to Frankfurt - Germany through Canada (Air Canada) on December 2016. I am not eligible for etA. Do i need a transit visa? thanks


    Yes, you need a transit visa.


  • 2.5 Hour Layover in Toronto
    Sep 26, 2016
    My neice who is an American Citizen is flying back from Switzerland and has a stop over at YYZ - Toronto Pearson. Would she be able to visit with us in the airport prior to her connecting flight back to the US?


    No, she will be directed straight to US Immigration and Customs preclearance after she arrives in Toronto.


  • Overnight with no hotel
    Sep 10, 2016
    I have an overnight layover traveling from Moncton then to Hinduras. I arrive at 8:30pm and depart at 6:20am. I do not wish to get a hotel as this is a very budget missions trip. I have a few questions I hope you can help with: 1. Can I use the Pearson airport lounge that is open until 1:30am even though they refer to it as the international/domestic lounge and I am traveling domestic/international? 2. Will I collect my bags then recheck them in? All flights are with the same carrier. 3. Will there be any issues staying overnight at the airport? I am not to concerned with comfort. I figured between 1:30 pm when the lounge closes and 5:00am when I would head to my gate won't be too bad. 4. Is there any spot you would recommend I spend those hours that would offer a place to relax? Thanks in advance for your help.


  • 13 hours layover in YYZ, can i come out of the airport?
    Sep 7, 2016
    I am travelling from Vancouver to Newyork via YYZ (Toronto); At YYZ i have a layover of 13 hours and during which i want to come out of the airport and collect my luggage from relatives and get back in, is this possible?


    Yes, you can do that.


    sorry, I read that backwards. Is your layover overnight or during the day? Are both flights on the same reservation? What airlines are you flying?


  • Dublin to Vegas, 9 hour layover in Toronto
    Sep 5, 2016
    Hi there, flying dublin to vegas in Dececmber and have a 9 hour layover in Toronto. Can I leave the airport? Want to explore some of Toronto while so near!! Thanks :)


    If both tickets are on the same reservation, then your bags will go straight to US Immigration and Customs Preclearance in Toronto, after you go through preclearance you will not be able to leave.


    Aw that's a pity! Thanks so much though


    Sep 4, 2016
    British person flying from MEX to LGW I have 1hr 56 in IAD and 2hr 39 in YYZ All sold through united but operated: United - MESA - WestJet Upon entering the states will I have to re-check bags after immigration? Will I have to got through immigration and re-check bags when entering Canada also? Do I have enough time to achieve all of this? Cheers


  • connection from dublin to montreal
    Aug 20, 2016
    Hi, I'm flying from dublin to st johns then i have 2 hours layover- i have flight to toronto and from toronto to Montreal. I have to obtain my study permit in St Johns, will 2 hours be enough to get it? And do i have to pick up my baggage in St Johns and Toronto? I've made one reservation for flights with westjet.


    You should have enough time. St. Johns is not a busy airport. You will pick up your baggage in St. Johns but don't have to do anything with it in Toronto.


  • Layover at YYZ en route to Cuba
    Aug 8, 2016
    My friend and family are traveling from Calgary to YYZ with a layover for 3.5 hours and then travel to Cuba. Is it possible for them to have breakfast with me before leaving to Cuba. Flights are on Westjet. Tx What about Customs/Security?


    There is no Canadian Immigration when leaving Canada. They just have to leave the secure area to meet you, then go back through security before their flight to Cuba.


  • 7 hour layover flying Air Canada, London to Cuba via Toronto
    Jul 13, 2016
    Hi, grateful for advice. I have about a 7 and a half hour layover in Toronto Pearson airport and am flying Air Canada. I would dearly love to meet a non-travelling friend who's based in Toronto for a coffee at the airport. Do you know if I will be able to leave the transit area to do this? Will I have to go out through security and check back in etc? Kind thanks Lisa


    Yes, you will have to exit security and then go back through when you're done, but you can do this. You will go through Canadian Immigration when you arrive in Toronto.


  • Pick up baggage to connecting flight to Victoria from YYZ?
    Jul 3, 2016
    We have a flight from US to Victoria and will be arriving in Toronto. But we have a 6 hr layover before our flight to Victoria. We would like to meet some friends in the airport outside of security. Would we have to pick up our luggage and then recheck it again?


    I believe Canada is no longer requiring passengers coming from the US to pick up their baggage when entering Canada.


  • Transit passenger
    Jun 22, 2016
    Hi! Am travelling from St. john (NB) going to MAnila (MNL) via Air Canada. We are connecting flights in Toronto and change to Cathay Pacific. There is a 4hr lay over. Is it possible for me to meet my sister at the airport or passenger waiting area or we are not allowed? Thank you!


    Yes, you can exit the secure area in Toronto to meet your sister. She cannot go through security to meet you.


  • luggage
    Jun 13, 2016
    I will be flying from Santa Barbara to North Bay Ontario with 1 checked bag. Once I pass through security at Toronto from United States, I do not want to stay in Security until my flight leaves for North Bay as I will have a 3 1/2 hr wait between flights. Do I have to pick up my checked luggage in Toronto to go outside, or will my checked luggage be loaded on for my next flight to North Bay? Thanks. First time flying from Toronto to North Bay on a return flight.


  • Flying from Nashville TN to Toronto with long layover
    May 27, 2016
    We are flying from the US to Toronto and have an 8 hour layover before Dublin flight. We would like to explore Toronto for a few hours. Will that be a problem and suggestions for an afternoon in Toronto?


    If you're looking to get to the downtown city core, you'd definitely want to take the UPExpress. It will get you from the Airport (Terminal 1) to Union Station within a matter of 25 minutes. When exiting Customs after arriving in Toronto, there's a kiosk booth to purchase tickets. $12/per person. When you reach Union Station, you are literally a 5-10 minute walks from iconic Toronto landmarks. CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre, Hockey Hall of Fame, Habourfront, St. Lawerence Market and many more places to visit; however, you'll need more than an 8 hour lay over to explore. Toronto's multicultural diversity makes for fine cuisine. Located along King St. W between Spadina Ave & University Ave. You can enjoy authentic world class dinning from every place imaginable. Please keep in mind that you should be back at the airport at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure. You want to give yourself enough time to get through security and relax before your flight without having to rush. Give or take you'd have roughly 3-4hrs to enjoy some Toronto site seeing. You can also visit the UPExpress website to purchase tickets in advance. Please make sure to be aware of your time. It can go fairly quickly when you're in the heart of Toronto. Safe travels, I hope this helps. :)


    Thank you! Looking forward to visiting Toronto even for a short while. Will we need to move our checked bags or will they be transferred automatically? Thanks


    What airline(s) are you travelling with?


    Air Canada


  • CLE-YYZ-ANU and back same way
    May 20, 2016
    Looking at flight from CLE to YYZ ... overnight layover ... looking to stay close ... flight to ANU leaves @6:30am ... gather I need to be REAL early to check in to make flight to get through security? Way backsame way but no overnight ... layover 2.45 hrs ... trust enough time to get through Canadian and then US customs? Or are us customs when i land in CLE? Heard good and bad on connecting through YYZ from US to international ... any feedback is welcome. Thanks!


    Add on to my org post. All flights are on Air Canada. Flight is cheap - is there a reason? buys beware? Its the customs process for canada and us that bother me here ... thinking i deal only w/ canadain customs from CLE-YYZ ... then early AM flight ... i do not see too much concern other than security/bag check which I try and do only carryon .. then Antigua customs ... way back, when do I hit Canadain/US customs if I jump on plane to US 2.45 hrs later? Thanks much


  • Getting baggage and customs
    Apr 28, 2016
    Hello. So I am coming back to Canada from Peru next month. I fly into Toronto and have a short layover then am supposed to carry on to Regina. I've decided to stay in Toronto for a couple weeks and buy a seperate flight later on so will not be getting on the connecting flight to Regina. I am wondering when I land in Toronto do I collect my checked bags there and go through customs or does this happen in Regina? Would I have to cancel the connecting flight so I do get my bags or do we automatically get them upon first entry into Canada? Thanks!


    Air Canada has just changed their policies but it may not apply to every origin city. You will have to ask the Air Canada agent in Peru.


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