Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Toronto Island Billy Bishop Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
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YTZ Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Toronto Billy Bishop Airport, also known as Toronto Island Airport.
What to expect
Billy Bishop Airport (code: YTZ) consists of small modern terminal with extremely limited food and shopping options. WiFi is available to help pass the time and there are plenty of charging outlets for mobile devices. There are no private lounges at this airport.
Where to Sleep
For the daytime napper, there is a variety of cushioned seating in the Porter Lounge. Recent construction may prohibit a good slumber. For the overnight sleeper, look elsewhere as it is not possible to stay in the terminal overnight. There are hotels near the airport in Toronto’s waterfront area. See Airport Hotels in the guide below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Good to Know
The airport provides easy access to downtown Toronto via an underground tunnel or passenger ferry.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
Since sleeping in the Billy Bishop Airport overnight is not possible, here are some nearby hotels:
- The Fairmont Royal York – (6 minutes from the airport) The free Porter airport shuttle departs from the hotel’s west entrance every 15 minutes minutes from 5:00AM to 12:00AM (weekdays), 5:00AM to 8:45PM (Saturdays), and 5:30AM to 12:00AM (Sundays). » Check Rates
- The Strathcona Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) This hotel does not have its own shuttle, but is a two-minute walk from the west side of the Fairmont Royal York Hotel, which is the location of the free Porter Airport Shuttle pick-up spot. The shuttle departs every 15 minutes for the airport. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Toronto Billy Bishop Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
The departures area is really just one big lounge.
Airport WiFi / Internet
Free WiFi is available at Billy Bishop Airport. If you do not have a wireless device, you can use one of the complimentary iMac equipped workstations.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: on the departures level and at the front entrance of the mainland ferry terminal.
Baby Care Facilities – If you are travelling with an infant, changing facilities are available inside the airport’s washrooms.
Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge from the Mainland Pavilion at the entrance of the tunnel.
Currency Exchange – Not available
Drinking Water – Thirsty? Water fountains are available Airside to refill your water bottles once you have cleared security.
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free shopping is available as well a chocolate shop, a Best Buy Kiosk and a shop selling Canadian made products. Duty Free hours: 5:30AM – 11:00PM.
Food & Drinks – The airport offers four options: Aroma Espresso Bar • Balzac’s • Bar Obispo Restaurant • [email protected] Most food outlets are open 5:30AM – 11:00PM.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – There are several charging points are available throughout the airport.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
The terminal is open 5:00AM – 11:00PM.
Toronto Billy Bishop airport is served by the following airlines: Air Canada • Porter Airlines.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
A free express shuttle service runs every 15 minutes between the mainland ferry terminal and Downtown Toronto. The downtown shuttle stop is located outside the Royal York Hotel’s western entrance on York Street, near the north-east corner of York Street and Front Street. For schedule information, visit the Billy Bishop Airport website.
Billy Bishop Airport Pedestrian Tunnel
This 853-ft. tunnel connects Billy Bishop Airport to the mainland, providing an alternative to travel by ferry. With four moving walkways and one of the longest escalator systems in Canada, this free-entry tunnel allows passengers to reach airport Check-In on foot from the mainland in just 6 minutes. The mainland entrance is located next to the mainland ferry terminal.
Onsite car rental agencies include Hertz, located on the lower level near baggage claim, and Enterprise/National, located in the Eireann Quay parking lot. Both agencies are open from 7:00AM – 10:30PM on the weekdays, with varied hours of operation on the weekends.
The world’s shortest ferry ride links the mainland to the Billy Bishop Airport. The 90-second ride is free for passengers, but costs $11 per vehicle (return). Departures are available every 15 minutes from the mainland ferry terminal, starting at 5:15AM from the mainland (5:22AM from the airport). Last ferry to the mainland leaves the airport at 12:07AM.
Metered taxis are readily available on the mainland, at the taxi stand next to the mainland ferry terminal.
Billy Bishop Airport is served by TTC streetcar 511 Bathurst and 509 Harbourfront. For route information, including timetables and fares, visit the TTC website.
Last updated: 2021-10-20
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