Getting To York University



The most direct route is via Toronto’s Island Airport or Lester Pearson International Airport.  The flights into the Island tend to be significantly more affordable, and Porter Airlines now flies to several American destinations, including Newark, Boston, and Chicago, with new ones being added frequently.

There are a few other options that may be less expensive for some travellers, though some feature more limited service and all will involve additional travel by car, train, or bus:

Hamilton, ON (42 miles/68 kilometres)

Buffalo, NY (96 miles/154 kilometres)

London, ON (108 miles/175 kilometres

Rochester, NY (159 miles/257 kilometres)

Detroit, MI (236 miles/382 kilometres)

Taxi and/or public transit from the airports

Island Airport

Located right next to downtown Toronto, the Island Airport offers excellent access to both the city and the public transit system (TTC). The ferry to the mainland runs frequently. The ride itself is only eight minutes and leaves you in easy reach of nearby Union Station, the central hub for trains, coaches and subways. One subway ride from there will take you northbound on the Spadina line to Downsview Station, where you can catch the York University Rocket express bus to the Keele campus. (The new dedicated bus lane makes this trip much faster than in the past.)

The ferry schedule, prices and other information are here:

Pearson Airport

Taxis are always conveniently available as soon as you exit the terminal buildings at Toronto Pearson International Airport, and fares to the city centre and York University are approximately $40-$50. Recommended.

Public Transit from Pearson

To get to York University’s Keele Campus from Pearson, you must first take a bus, then the subway, and then another bus. The cost is $3 (less if you buy at least five tokens). The amount is paid while getting onto the first bus, and valid the whole way to York University. Remember to ask the bus driver for a transfer ticket, and keep this on you for the whole journey. It will take approximately 80-90 minutes to get to York University. The suggested routes are:

● Bus 192 leaves the airport from terminals 1, 2 or 3 to Kipling Station. Then take the subway: eastbound to St. George Station; then change to the northbound Spadina subway line to Downsview Station; then take the Rocket Express bus 196 to York University.

● Bus 58A leaves the airport from terminals 2 or 3 to Lawrence West Station; then get on the subway to Downsview Station; then take Express Bus 196 to York University.


Toronto’s Union Station is located near the waterfront at 65 Front Street West, and is served by VIA Rail Canada, Amtrak, Go Transit, and Ontario Northland. Public transit and taxis are also both available from the station. For more information on hours and amenities, please see


On-site car rental is available at Toronto Pearson International Airport from Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Hertz, Alamo/National, while courtesy transport is available to off-site companies including Advantage, Fox, Enterprise, and others.  Rental cars are also available at Union Station for those arriving via train or the Island Airport.

The York campus is located at 4700 Keele Street, Toronto (416-736-2100). Driving directions are below:

From Highway 401

• Take Hwy. 401 to Keele Street

• Exit at Keele Street and go north

• Follow Keele Street north of Finch Avenue (the campus is on your left)

• Turn left at York Boulevard, north of Finch Avenue

From Highway 407 (toll road)

• Take Hwy. 407 to Keele Street

• Exit at Keele Street and go south

• Follow Keele Street south of Steeles Avenue (the campus is on your


• Turn onto the campus via York Boulevard, south of Steeles Avenue

From Highway 400 (southbound)

• Take Hwy. 400 south to Hwy. 7

• Exit onto Hwy. 7 and go east

• Follow Hwy. 7 east to Keele Street

• At Keele Street go south (the campus is on your right)

• Turn onto the campus at York Boulevard, south of Steeles Avenue

From Highway 400 (northbound)

• Take Hwy. 400 north to Steeles Avenue

• Exit onto Steeles Avenue and go east

• Follow Steeles Avenue east to Keele Street

• At Keele Street go south (the campus is on your right)

• Turn onto the campus at York Boulevard, south of Steeles Avenue

Parking at York University

Parking is available for both commuters and overnight guests in the Student Services Parking Garage (entrance on James Gillies St.). Rates vary; please see the York parking services web page.

Map of York University with registration, parking, and accommodations highlighted (the parking garage is shown as building #84).


Some of the major hotels downtown have airport shuttles. The buses tend to be fast, inexpensive (in the $20 range one-way), comfortable and convenient. You do not have to be a guest to use these buses, but it is advisable to buy your ticket well in advance of your departure.

Carpooling with other conference or dance weekend attendees is one of the most affordable options. The least expensive way of reaching Pearson from downtown is using public transit (subway, then bus), for $3 per person. From Keele campus it is bus, subway, then bus, same fare.