TRAVEL INFORMATION FOR CANADA

 

 

The following information below is here to assist travelers in understanding their options as they travel to and through Canada.

***Please note that prices listed page serves as an approximation and may vary from actual prices***
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VISA INFORMATION
 
The Visa Waiver Program
Citizens of the following countries do not need a visa to visit Canada for up to six months, provided that the traveler holds a passport valid for six months beyond their intended date of departure:

Andorra, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Falkland Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Holy See, Hong Kong (BN(O) Passport or SAR Passport), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Pitcairn Islands, Poland, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Samoa, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Spain, St. Helena, Sweden, Slovenia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom and United States.

A visa exemption also applies to individuals holding nationalities that are not specified above if they are in possession of a US Green Card or can provide other evidence of permanent residence in the United States.

 

 

 

 

AIRPORTS
Montréal
 
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) or Montréal–Trudeau, is located on the Island of Montréal, 12 miles from downtown Montréal. This international airport serves Greater Montréal, along with the regions of northern Vermont and New York. The airport is named in honor of Pierre Elliott Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada.

Trudeau is the busiest airport in the province of Quebec, the fourth busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic and by aircraft movements. On an average day, nearly 40,000 passengers transit through Montréal-Trudeau. Airlines servicing Trudeau offer non-stop flights to five continents, namely Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. It is one of only two airports in Canada with direct flights to 5 continents or more, the other being Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Toronto
 
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) serves Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located 14 miles northwest of downtown Toronto, in the city of Mississauga. The airport is named in honor of Lester B. Pearson, the 14th Prime Minister of Canada.

Pearson is the largest and busiest airport in Canada, and currently the world's 35th-busiest airport by total passenger traffic. An extensive network of nonstop domestic flights is operated from Toronto Pearson by several airlines to all major and many secondary cities across all provinces of Canada. There are over 75 airlines that operate at Toronto Pearson to connect the airport to over 155 international destinations worldwide.
 

 

 

 

LOW PRICED AIRLINES FROM MAJOR EUROPEAN CITIES
 
These airliners provide inexpensive flights across the continental US, and to popular US cities. It can help you mix your flight connection city or entry city into the US in order to locate a lower cost trip.
 


 

 

 

 

TRAINS
 
New York City

 

New York City has two main rail stations: Grand Central Terminal (Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 and S) on the East Side of Midtown Manhattan and Penn Station (Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2 and 3) on its West Side. Metro-North Commuter Railroad, which goes to 120 station in seven counties in New York State (Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, the Bronx, New York (Manhattan), Rockland and Orange) and Connecticut (New Haven and Fairfield), Connecticut and New Jersey, serves Grand Central. Penn Station serves the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) to Long Island; Amtrak, the U.S. national passenger railroad, serving many points throughout the U.S.; New Jersey Transit, a commuter line serving points in New Jersey; and PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson), a subway line serving Manhattan and New Jersey (Newark, Harrison, Jersey City and Hoboken).
 
Subway
The easiest and quickest way to travel around the four of five boroughs is by public subway. Over 4.3 million people ride the subway system daily. Trains operate 24 hours/ 7 days. Free transfers are available between buses to subways within two hours of using your MetroCard. The subway does not travel to Staten Island but there is free ferry from Battery Park in lower Manhattan.

The best way to get around is mass transit, made possible by the City’s transit system MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) New York City Transit. It’s inexpensive, environment-friendly and a great way to see NYC. You can get a Single ride card for $2.25, Fun Pass or an unlimited MetroCard.
 
To JFK Airport

The New York City subways run to JFK. Take the A train going to Far Rockaway or Rockaway Park, and get off at Howard Beach. From there take the AirTrain.

 
AirTrain to Newark Airport

Newark Airport has recently connected their internal monorail to a new station servicing both Amtrak and New Jersey Transit lines. You can buy a ticket to the Newark International Airport Station, check your flight times or buy a ticket there, and be minutes away from your terminal. There are also Amtrak and New Jersey Transit vending machines in the station for your trip into the City.

 
Chicago

 

There is a very efficient rail way network available to those who want to travel by train to Chicago. Amtrak trains arrive and depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St., on the western edge of downtown and the Northwestern Station.

The Metropolitan Railroad operates 12 surface train lines serving the six-county area which hub into downtown Chicago from the outlying Chicago suburbs. Metra rail commuter trains serve several Chicago neighborhoods and hundreds of suburbs in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Trains arrive and depart from Union Station, 225 S. Canal St.; Ogilvie Transportation Center, 500 W. Madison St.; LaSalle Station, 414 S. LaSalle St.; and Millennium Station, Michigan Avenue between South Water and Randolph Streets. Tickets can be purchased at the train stations or on the train for an additional fee. Fares are based on the length of the trip.

Rapid transit trains run every 5-15 minutes during the day and every 15-60 minutes all night. Lines are color-coded and denoted by route rather than destination. The Howard-Dan Ryan is the Red Line; Lake Englewood-Jackson Park is the Green Line; the O'Hare-Congress-Douglas is the Blue Line; the Ravenswood is the Brown Line (whose trains circle the Loop, giving the area its name); the Evanston Express is the Purple Line; and the Skokie Swift is the Yellow Line.
 
From Chicago Airports
The cheapest and a reasonably fast way to get downtown is on the Chicago Transit Authority elevated (‘L’) trains. Follow the signs to the airport transit stations.
 
 

 

 

 

TAXIS
 
New York City

 

New York City’s yellow fleet of over 10,000 taxicabs is regulated by the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC). The Yellow Medallion cabs are the only ones authorized to pick up commuters that flag them down. Available taxis generally have the numbers on the roof of the vehicle illuminated. Avoid "gypsy" cabs, these are regular cars that will take you from place to place, and usually cost more. Taxi cabs are required to take you to your destination inside the metropolitan area. Record the ID number from any cabs that you have problems with and report them to The TLC.

Officially, taxicabs can take up to four riders, though the wider cabs will be willing to take 5 riders.

Minimum metered fare is $2.50, which increases $0.40 every fifth of a mile or for each minute; there is also a New York State tax surcharge of 50cents per ride. Tolls are extra and added to the metered fare. Tips of 10-20% are common. If you are traveling to airports, there are set fees plus toll and tip.
 
From Newark Airport
 
Taxis into the city take anywhere from 30-60 minutes. They cost $45 "Flat Fare" to Manhattan NOT including bridge tolls and tip (these are an additional 10 dollars). Taxis are cash only. |You may tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you.
 
Chicago
 
All Chicago taxis are licensed and recognizable by the numbered metal medallions attached to their hoods. Cabs can be hailed anytime in the Loop and other central neighborhoods

Minimum metered fare is $2.25 and increases 20¢ for each additional 1/9 of a mile (or 36 seconds). Plus, there's a $1 charge for the first additional passenger, 50¢ for each additional passenger and a $1 fuel surcharge. Tips are accepted for good service.
 
Pedicabs
Besides traditional taxi services, foot-powered taxis (pedicabs) are available seasonally.
 
 

 

 

 

FERRIES
 
New York City

 

New York Waterway
NY Waterway  operates ferries from New York to Tarrytown, Weehawken, Hoboken, Jersey City, Long Island Queens, and the Liberty Science Center. They also offer sightseeing cruises. They have two docks in Manhattan, one at 38th Street and one near the World Financial Center.
 
Staten Island Ferry
The Staten Island Ferry is the free mode of transportation between the boroughs of Staten Island and Manhattan, passing Island and the Statue of Liberty on the way. Duration: 25 min. Cost: Free

The ferry docks at the Whitehall Terminal at Whitehall St. and South St., in Lower Manhattan, and the St. George Ferry Terminal at Richmond Terrace, Staten Island. The ferry runs daily every 20 to 30 minutes around the clock though less frequent in the middle of the night.
 
Chicago
 
Chicago’s Water Taxis
Chicago’s Water Taxis provide seasonal ferry service on the Chicago River, offering a convenient and uniquely scenic way of getting around downtown Chicago and surrounding areas.

Wendella's Chicago Water Taxi service links the Metra and Amtrak commuter train stations at Madison Street to the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue and River North Arts District at LaSalle Street, with extended service to Chinatown on weekends. There are limited single passes and unlimited passes up to a month ranging from $2-$46

Shoreline Water Taxis  provides service during May 1 to September 30th between Union Station/Sears Tower and the Museum Campus, with stops at the Michigan Avenue Bridge. Daily services run from mid-April through mid-October.
There are one-way passes and multiple-ride passes ranging from $2-$20
 
Chicago’s River Bus

A River Bus (April-Oct) operates from the Michigan Avenue Bridge to Union Station on the river during rush hour. Duration: 8 mins. Cost: $2

 

 

 

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