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Dunlap Institute for Astronomy & Astrophysics

University of Toronto
Astronomy Building
Room AB 101
50 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 3H4




Chelsea Hotel Toronto

Chelsea Hotel Toronto
33 Gerrard Street West
Toronto, Ontario M5G 1Z4
416-595-1975 or 1-800-243-5732


Transportation to and from the Chelsea Hotel

(1) From Toronto City Airport – Billy Bishop (YTZ)
Distance: 2.6 MI/4.3 KM NORTH EAST to Hotel
North on Bathurst to Front Street, right turn on Front Street, then a sharp
left turn onto University Ave, and right on Gerrard Street West for the Hotel

(2) Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Distance: 17.8 MI/28.7 KM SOUTH EAST to Hotel
Hwy-427 S to Gardiner East. Gardiner to Bay, take the Bay Street exit,
take University Ave to Gerrard Street West.

(3) Train – Union Station
Distance: 1.55 MI/2.5 KM NORTH to Hotel
Taxi Charge (one way): $12.00 CAD
Head West on Gerrard Street toward Bay Street, head south on Bay Street
for 1.5 KM until you arrive at Union Station (intersection of Bay and Front).

(4) Subway – College Subway Station on Line 1
Distance: 0.03 MI/0.05 KM EAST to Hotel.


Arriving From Out of Town

(1) Arriving by air

If you are arriving by plane, you can take a car, a taxi or public transit from Pearson International Airport or the Toronto City Airport.

(a) Arriving at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

Union Pearson Express (UP Express)
The UP Express gets you from Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station in downtown Toronto in just 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes, 19.5 hours a day. From Union Station, take the University-Spadina line subway northbound to St. George or Queens Park subway station.

For fare and schedule information, and to purchase tickets, visit UP Express

Public Transit: Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)

Express bus and subway service to downtown Toronto.


  • Cash Single fare purchase: $3.25
  • PRESTO Card info: $3.20 (This is reloadable payment card that can be used to
    pay fares on TTC, GO Transit, and UP Express.)

    Terminal 1, Ground Level, second curb, Column R4.
    Terminal 3, Arrivals Level, third curb, Column C12.

900 Airport Express
This bus takes you to Kipling subway station. From Kipling, take the subway eastbound to St. George subway station.

52 Lawrence West
This bus takes you to Lawrence West subway station. From Lawrence West, travel southbound to St. George subway station.

The taxis serving Toronto Pearson can take you across the city, to the suburbs or wherever you want to go.

Passengers are advised not to hire drivers soliciting inside the terminals or asking guests to follow them to the parking garage or any other location due to safety reasons.

Tariffs (from Toronto Pearson Airport to UofT St. George Campus): about $65 – $80

Car Rentals
If you decide to rent a car at Toronto Pearson International Airport and drive to campus:

  • Follow the airport signs that direct you to highway 401.
  • Take highway 401 east to the Yonge Street south exit.
  • Go south on Yonge Street for 10.4 km to College Street.
  • Turn right onto College Street and then turn right onto St. George Street

(b) Arriving at Toronto City Airport (YTZ)

You can take a taxi or take the Porter shuttle. The Porter shuttle will drop you off at the north-east corner of Front Street and York Street. Cross to the south side of Front Street and enter Union subway station. Take the University-Spadina line subway northbound to St. George or Queens Park subway station.

(2) Arriving by bus

If you are arriving by bus, you can either take a taxi or the subway from the Toronto Coach Terminal, 610 Bay Street, Toronto ON M5G 1M5 or the GO Transit station at Union Station.

To get to campus by subway from the Toronto Coach Terminal, walk three blocks west along Dundas Street to St. Patrick subway station (at University Avenue and Dundas Street) and go north to Queen’s Park, Museum, or St. George subway station (depending on your destination). You can alternatively walk east along Dundas Street to Dundas subway station (at Yonge Street and Dundas Street). Take the subway northbound to Bloor-Yonge station. Then transfer westbound and go to St. George subway station.

To get to campus by subway from the GO Transit station at Union Station, you can enter Union subway station and catch the University-Spadina line subway northbound to Queen’s Park, Museum or St. George subway station (depending on your destination).

(3) Arriving by train

All trains arrive at Union Station located at the foot of the city. Either take a taxi to our downtown campus or travel by subway:

  • Enter Union subway station
  • Catch the University-Spadina line subway northbound to Queen’s Park,
    Museum or St. George subway station (depending on your destination)


Navigating the City of Toronto

(1) Getting to Us by Public Transit

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
The TTC weaves extensively throughout Toronto, including the downtown areas of U of T.


  • Cash Single fare purchase: $3.25
  • PRESTO Card: $3.20 (This is a reloadable payment card that can be used
    to pay fares on TTC, GO Transit, and UP Express)


Getting to campus by subway
There are 4 subway stations near the St. George campus:

  • St. George (at Bloor Street and St. George Street)
  • Spadina (at Bloor Street and Spadina Road)
  • Queen’s Park (at College Street and University Avenue) – closest to Astronomy & Astrophysics Building
  • Museum (at Bloor Street and Queen’s Park Crescent) – closest to Victoria University

TTC downtown routes map

Getting to campus by streetcar
There are 2 streetcar routes that pass by campus:

  • 510 Spadina streetcar runs along Spadina Avenue from Spadina subway station,
    at the western edge of the campus
  • 506 Carlton streetcar runs along College Street, at the southern part of the campus.
    You can catch the 506 from College station and Queen’s Park station on the north-south Yonge-
    University-Spadina line.

Getting to campus by streetcar
There are 2 streetcar routes that pass by campus

  • 94 Wellesley bus from Castle Frank subway station (Bloor-Danforth line), Wellesley subway
    station (at Wellesley Street and Yonge Street on the Yonge-University line), or Ossington station
    (Bloor-Danforth line.)

Getting to campus if you have special needs
If you are in a wheelchair or have special mobility needs, the TTC offers two options for getting around Toronto and to U of T:

(2) Getting to Us by Car

Driving directions

Our St. George campus is in downtown Toronto. It spans several city blocks, stretching approximately north from College Street, east from Spadina Avenue, south from Bloor Street and west from Bay Street. Call Trip Info to get information about scheduled Toronto road closures. Be aware that traffic in downtown Toronto can be quite congested, particularly during “rush hours” – about 8 am – 9am and 4 pm – 6 pm weekdays.

The campus is accessible via the Gardiner Expressway and the Don Valley Parkway, which connect Toronto with Ontario’s 400-series highways.

  • If you are travelling eastbound on the Gardiner Expressway, you can choose any one of three exit ramps
    located at Spadina Avenue, York Street and Bay Street.
  • If you are travelling southbound on the Don Valley Parkway, take the Bloor/Bayview exit ramp
    (use the Bloor Street lane).


Nearby parking to the Astronomy Building is 213 Huron, 55 St. George or 17 Glen Morris Street (Grad House), visit Parking Services.

Students can also pay to park daily at a price of $4.00/30 minutes to a maximum of $13.00 to $26/day. A flat rate of $7.00 to $12.00 is available on weekday evenings after 5:00 p.m. and all day on weekends and holidays. Daily passes can be bought from ticket dispensers on campus.

(3) Getting to Us by Bike

The many bike paths and racks on campus make cycling a cheap, convenient, and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. Check out the City of Toronto’s cycling map to chart your best cycling route to us. However, be aware that more than 100 bicycles are reported stolen each year, so make sure you lock your bike properly and register it with Campus Police to deter theft.

(4) Getting to Us on Foot

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, our campus is easy to access on foot, see a map of the local St. George campus area to chart your best walking route to us.


Taxi Reservation

If you must get to the airport in a hurry, you can call a taxi or a limousine. They take reservations and the cost is about $60 plus tip. The best place to meet the taxi is “on the north side of Ursula Franklin Street, halfway between St. George and Huron”.

Beck Taxi Tel: 416-751-5555

Co-op Cabs Tel: 416-504-2667

Toronto Airport Limousine Taxi Tel: 647-893-7786

City Taxi Tel: 416-740-2222

Crown Taxi Tel: 416-240-0000


Internet Access

You need to have a Guest UTORid to access the UofT wireless network. Please ask Ingrid Small, our Office Assistant ( for a Guest UTORid upon your arrival.



Environment Canada has forecasts for the Toronto area, which should be consulted if you’re unsure whether you need to bundle up or wear shorts.


Food and Drink

Toronto is one of the largest cities in North America and has over 8,000 restaurants, offering restaurants and foods from all over the world.

For a complete listing of restaurants visit:

For listing of all entertainment and nightlife in Toronto visit:



Recreation, Markets, Museums and Galleries:

Toronto’s waterfront
One of North America’s largest recreational waterfronts – provides a scenic backdrop for many popular and entertaining attractions including Harbourfront, Ontario Place, Rogers Centre, the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market, and the Toronto Islands.

Downtown Toronto
Offers museums and art galleries galore including The Bata Shoe Museum, The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Canada’s largest museum and one of the top 10 in the world; the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Canada’s oldest art gallery and home to more than 15,000 paintings; and the Ontario Science Centre, which entertains and educates 800,000 visitors a year.

For a complete list of Toronto attractions visit:

Toronto Tourism
416-203-2600 or toll-free 1-800-499-2514


Money Matters

Sales Tax: Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax is 13%

(1) Nearby Banks in Toronto:

268 College Street (College & University)

Bank of Montreal
700 University Avenue (University & College)

332 Bloor Street West (Bloor & Spadina)

TD Canada Trust
777 Bay Street (Bay & College)

101 College Street (College & University)

(2) Currency Exchange

Looking for a place to exchange your money? Some banks will not be able to exchange your money unless you have a bank account and others will charge a high fee.  Here are a few currency exchange centers located nearby:

Carleton Currency Exchange
162 Cumberland St

Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange
1168 Bay St



Hospitals & Nearby Medical Care Facilities:

Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Avenue, B 119, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5

St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8

Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4.



U of T Map:

Toronto Map:
Maps-City of Toronto