Union Pearson Express

Route and Operation

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Terminal 1 at Toronto Pearson International Airport has a station that's designated for the Union Pearson Express. The Link Train takes passengers between this terminal and Terminal 3. When heading southbound, the UP Express makes its first stop at the Weston Station in Etobicoke. The next stop is at Bloor Station, which offers convenient transfers to other rail services. You can hop on the Go Transit Kitchener commuter route at this station. Additionally, several Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) streetcars are accessible just steps away from Bloor Station. The last stop on the southbound trip of the UP Express is at Union Station, which is by far the busiest transit center in the Greater Toronto Area. Multiple Go Transit and VIA Rail lines serve this major transportation hub in the heart of the downtown district A one-way trip from YYZ to Union Station usually lasts 25 minutes. The fares for this express rapid transit service depend on the age of the passenger and distance traveled. For example, a senior citizen traveling to Weston Station will pay significantly less than an adult heading to Union Station. All passengers are encouraged to take advantage of the signature PRESTO cards that seamlessly sync all major public transportation networks in the Greater Toronto Area. The electronic fare cards are available for sale at kiosks and ticket machines at the airport and many subway or commuter rail stations throughout the city and suburbs. Passengers should expect the UP Express train to arrive at Terminal 1 of the airport every 15 minutes. Click to book your Toronto tours.

Tips for Riding

The Union Pearson Express has various restrictions and regulations involving baggage, travel times and other important issues. For example, the total height, length and width of a baggage unit shouldn't measure more than 158 centimeters. The weight restriction for a piece of baggage is 70 pounds. Oversize storage compartments are widely available in the modern rail cars of the UP Express. Bicycles are prohibited inside the trains during peak morning and evening hours. Guest Services Representatives at the airport provide assistance with proper handling of bicycles during designated travel times. Just like on the TTC trains, smoking of traditional or electronic cigarettes is not allowed.


The airport station for the Union Pearson Express has free WiFi, charging stations and foreign currency exchange ATMs. While waiting for the trains, you can enjoy panoramic views of Toronto's skyline and other neighboring cities, such as Mississauga and Etobicoke. If you're hungry for sweet pastries or warm coffee, go to Balzac's Coffee Roasters near the main waiting room. With a rich heritage going back to 1996, this restaurant opened its 10th location at the airport's express rail station. If you're thirsty for cold beer, take a seat at the CIBC UPSTAIRS Lounge. Having a cafeteria-style arrangement, this venue includes the Mill St. Brewery. Special events at this lounge include cheese tastings, music concerts and other live entertainment. Of course, the lounge at the UP Express station has digital screens that provide real-time updates on flight status. There are also plenty of retail and food options available just minutes away at Terminal 1.

Click here to visit Union Pearson Express official website.

By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-10-07
Updated On: 2019-10-07

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