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Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

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Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

Hello all,

With the construction going on at the Union station, am wondering if it would be easy to grab a cab/bus (is there bus service at that time?) out of the station to my hostel less than 5km away.

Would arrive at about 11pm on a Saturday night, would it still be crowded then or be rather empty, any safety concerns for a solo traveler?

Thanks!

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1. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

No safety concerns and there will be plenty of people around. There are still taxis in front of the Royal York Hotel across the street -- it's messy but workable.

You could also exit Union Station to the south (the Bremner Blvd/Air Canada Centre exit) -- there are usually cabs parked down there, and it avoids the construction, but you're less guaranteed to find one there than in front of the Royal York.

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2. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

Subways and buses run until 1am but if you don't know the city well a cab would be easier.

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3. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

Thanks for the help! So there is no problem getting either a cab or a bus at such an hour, perfectly safe eitherway on a Saturday night in September yea?

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4. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

Yes, yes, yes !

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5. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

Where is your hostel? Given that Union Station is right at the "crux" of the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, there's a good chance your best public transit route will involve getting on the subway rather than a bus, which means not having to step out into the Front Street construction mess. (Not that the inside of the station is completely unimpacted.)

Edited: 09 August 2013, 19:44
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6. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

Depending how much baggage you will have, it would decide whether or not I'd take a cab or public transit....Either way will be safe, just public transit is cheaper....

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7. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

I'd be dragging a 15kg luggage with me and some other bags.Thinking of staying at either church street (HI-Tor) or college street (Planet T). Is there a subway right inside the station without getting out to those places? I will still have to walk 3-500metre to those 2 accomodations though, by then could be near 12 midnight....

is the south exit far from the front exit? (more than 10min walk), if the south exit is more secluded that I prob wouldnt wanna go there.

Thanks people!

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8. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

If by "HI-Tor" you mean the Holiday Inn on Carlton St, it is halfway between Yonge St. and Church St. just a couple minutes walk from the College subway station on the Yonge line. Easy to do on the subway from Union, just 4 stops.

The Planet Traveller is a bit less easy by public transit, it is on College St. just west of Spadina and would require a subway trip to the same College subway station then transferring to a westbound streetcar (or taking the University subway line to Queen's Park station and then still transferring to a streetcar).

Note that Union Subway and Train stations are connected and is easy to get between the different areas though both are under construction and renovation.

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9. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

The south exit for Union Station is less busy (other that during events at the adjacent Air Canada Centre) but the exit puts you directly across from the Le Germain Hotel so taxis should be still easily available.

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10. Re: Getting out of Toronto Union Station at 11+ pm on a Sat

In this context, HI-Tor probably means Hostelling International Toronto, on Church St just south of Adelaide. It's normally very much within walking distance of Union Station, but arriving at night with a bunch of heavy bags could well be worth the quick & cheap taxi ride.

Depending on which track you arrive on, the south exit may be closer to you than the Front Street exit. You can use the track numbers as a guide -- they're numbered north to south with track 3 closest to Front Street and track 27 closest to the south exit.