Toronto Airport Express

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Not to be confused with Union Pearson Express.
Toronto Airport Express
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Airport Express Bus
Parent Pacific Western Transportation
Commenced operation 1979 (Gray Coach)
1993 (Pacific Western)
Ceased operation 2014
Headquarters 6999 Ordan Drive
Mississauga, Ontario
Service area Toronto
Service type Airport Express
Stops 8 downtown hotels and 1 bus station
Destinations Pearson International Airport, hotels in downtown Toronto
Hubs Pearson Airport
Operator Pacific Western Transportation Ltd.
Website Official Website
Previous buses were painted in a standard grey colour scheme or with graphic adverts
New buses are wrapped with advertising for travel related clients

Toronto Airport Express was a bus service operated by Pacific Western Transportation under a contract with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority to operate express bus services between Toronto Pearson International Airport and downtown Toronto. It was established in 1993, after the demise of the previous service provider, Gray Coach. The service operated 20 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It ran at 20-minute intervals during peak times and 30-minute intervals off-peak.[1]

Airport Express (and Gray Coach before them) formerly operated two additional routes, one connecting the airport to Islington subway station and the other to Yorkdale and York Mills stations. These were withdrawn in 2000 after the TTC introduced a competing express bus service from Kipling station, which charges regular TTC fares but until 2013 used regular TTC buses with no space intended for luggage.[2]

The service ceased operation on October 31, 2014 due to declining ridership, which had fallen from 400,000 to 190,000 in ten years. The decline was attributed to the popularity of the Billy Bishop Airport and delays due to downtown road construction. The closure of the service was in anticipation of the Union Pearson Express rail service which began operation in 2015.[3] Staff and buses were re-deployed back into Pacific Western's other operations in Toronto.

In response to the closure of Pacific Western's service, the Toronto Transit Commission enhanced its Route 192 Airport Rocket[4] express bus service between Kipling subway station and the airport by retrofitting buses with luggage racks and increasing the frequency of buses on the route.


There were nine downtown Toronto destinations:[5]

  1. Westin Harbour Castle Hotel (Queen's Quay East and Bay Street)
  2. Fairmont Royal York/Strathcona Hotel (Front Street West and York Street)
  3. Intercontinental Hotel (Simcoe Street and Front Street West)
  4. Holiday Inn on King (King Street West and Peter Street)
  5. Sheraton Centre (Queen Street West and York Street)
  6. Metropolitan Hotel / Chestnut Residence (U of T) (Dundas Street West and Chestnut Street)
  7. Toronto Bus Terminal (Elizabeth Street and Edward Street) - starting terminal
  8. Chelsea Hotel (Gerrard Street West and Yonge Street)
  9. Bond Place (Dundas Street East and Bond Street)

The route took about 1 hour and 10 minutes without accounting traffic delays.


The Airport Express used H345 Prevost Car 45' motor coaches with seating for 56. They were powered by engines that produce 55 per cent less nitrogen oxide and 90 per cent less particulate matter than the previous models.[6] The coaches also come with improved features including such as leather seats, free WiFi internet, laptop plugs and retractable seat belts.[7]

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