All aboard! Union Pearson Express (UPX), the long-awaited high-speed rail service connecting Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station, is ready to bring you to you destinations in style. Here’s everything you need to know about jet-setting through Toronto’s premium airport connection.
Getting stuck in traffic and missing your flight is a non-issue with UPX, whose trains depart Union Station and Toronto Pearson International Airport every 15 minutes. One-way travel time is 25 minutes with brief stops at Weston and Bloor stations.
Your experience begins before you even board. You marvel at the monumental architecture of Union Station’s marble floors and soaring pillars. During its 100-year history, millions of new arrivals to the city have been wowed by its opulent Beaux-Arts style. Due to a phenomenal growth in passenger traffic, however, Canada’s busiest transportation hub recently became confusing to navigate—more headache-inducing than gracious Grande Dame. A major revitalization restored this National Historic Site to its former grandeur with new, seamless connections to TTC, GO Transit, and Via Rail. This means you can take the time to ogle the Great Hall’s vaulted ceiling and still make your connection.
Part of Union Station’s massive transformation includes the creation of an exclusive “UPstairs” lounge and boarding platform for UP Express passengers. Rather than shivering in the cold or sweltering in the heat while hailing a taxi to the airport, you can chill out in the plush lounge, sip a Mill St. Brewery craft beer, or get a caffeine boost at Balzac’s Coffee Roasters. The weather-protected boarding platform accompanies airline check-in kiosks and automated ticket vending machines, which make it easy for you to relax despite the logistical tasks of travel.
As you step onto one of these high-tech trains it feels as rewarding as an upgrade to business class. The shiny new cars come decked out with Wi-Fi, plenty of luggage racks for even the heftiest suitcase, onboard screens detailing the latest flight arrivals and departures, power outlets, and interiors as comfy as an exclusive airline lounge. As you glide on elevated rails past panoramic views of Toronto’s skyline, it’s hard to remember how it feels being in the traffic gridlock below. Don’t worry about zoning out and losing track of time; upon arrival at Toronto Pearson, you’re just steps to the departure gates at Terminal 1. If your flight departs from Terminal 3, the Automated People-Mover Train transports you there in two and a half minutes.
When travelling from Toronto Pearson to Union Station, you’ll enjoy the same seamless service, arriving in the heart of downtown Toronto with SkyWalk links to the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, plus the buzzing new hotels, shopping, and entertainment options in the trendy new SoCo district. You’re also just a step away from the summer playground of Toronto’s waterfront, where you can use all the travel time you’ve saved to bask in the sun and soak up a few rays, or grab a pint.