The UP Express is a new train and route that was built to connect the Pearson (Toronto, YYZ) airport in Mississauga, Ontario with downtown Toronto.
On a recent trip to the US, I ended up spending several hours in the Pearson airport. I seriously considered taking the UP Express downtown to Toronto just for fun, but the price discouraged me ($44 round trip) plus the timing was a little too close for comfort. I did decide to go have a look at the trains.
They are not hard to find.
The new UP Express station is integrated with the airport; all you have to do is go up an escalator (or elevator) to an area with ticket machines, then on to the trains themselves. There were quite a few staff present, and I asked one of them if it would be all right if I went on board to take a few photos. She waved me on cheerily so I had a look inside the waiting train.
|Inside the UP Express|
|Inside the UP Express|
The first pair of cars was delivered to Metrolinx in August 2014. The cars were built in Japan with final assembly at Nippon Sharyo's plant in Rochelle, Illinois.
Pearson is served by a new 3.3 km elevated spur from the GO Kitchener line. The trains run every 15 minutes and a trip between Union Station downtown and Pearson takes 25 minutes. There are intermediate stops at Bloor and Weston.
The train looks nice from the outside too!
|UP Express ticket kiosks|
If I have more time on a future Toronto connection, I'll seriously consider making the round trip... especially now that the cost is going down, due to poor ridership.
Fellow blogger Eric Gagnon took the UP Express from Union Station to the airport and back and blogged about it. I'm not sure where he got the $27.50 round trip fare... maybe I overlooked that option!
While I was at the airport, I couldn't help but do a bit of airplane watching.
|Chock it up to good positioning!|
The Air Canada Rouge planes look pretty sharp.
|Air Canada Rouge C-GBHR|
My favourite was this Boeing Dreamliner 787 with Hainan Airlines.
|Hi there, Hainan!|
EDIT: Several people have pointed out other fare options. The "meet and greet" $27.50 round-trip option was not available to me because you have to originate from Union, Bloor or Weston... I guess you can't "meet and greet" from the airport into Toronto.
The PRESTO card is a cheaper option, but then you actually have to have a PRESTO card (cost $6). It was a maximum of $19 one-way but after March 9 it is going down to $9 one-way Union-Pearson.