BACKPACKER INDEX: US$73.40
Toronto hotel prices
Hotels in Toronto have seasonal differences in price that you’d probably expect. High season is at its peak during summer, but generally runs from May through October. This is a very business-oriented city and most of its nicer hotels are in the downtown region, so it might be good news that many of those hotels drop their prices over the weekends.
The low season is winter, from early January through March, and during this time you can probably take your pick of hotels, even as you arrive. But if you book in advance you might find some really good promotional deals online so it’s worth checking.
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Toronto is one of the world’s great cities and should be on everyone’s list if you can make it. Prices in Toronto are generally in line with large American cities like New York City and Los Angeles, but as the Canadian dollar strengthens against the US dollar, as it’s done in 2010, the city can be expensive for most tourists.
Hotels are generally of high standard and most of them are conveniently located near the downtown area so staying there most visitors won’t need any additional transportation costs since so much is within easy walking distance. The public transportation system is extensive so you probably won’t want to drive yourself even if you’ve arrived in a car.
So much of the charm of Toronto involves just checking out the various neighborhoods, so once you’ve been up in CN Tower you can get by without spending a fortune on other attractions. Food and drinks tend to be moderately priced for most visitors, and there are plenty of good budget meals available in the various ethnic neighborhoods and restaurants around the city.
Toronto attraction prices
|CN Tower||Take the elevator up to the observation deck for amazing views and thrills. Includes movie and Motion Theater ride. For a bit more you can add on the Sky Pod, Buy online and save 15%.||adults||30.19|
|Hockey Hall of Fame||Celebrate Canada's national sport by visiting its official hall of fame.||adults||16.51|
|Toronto Zoo||One of the finest zoos in the world. Prices higher May through October.||adults||18.87|
|Royal Ontario Museum||One of the largest and most diverse museums in North America, with art, science, and natural history in one.||adults||14.15|
Toronto Transportation prices
|Taxi from airport to city center||44.34|
|Airport Express bus to city center||25.42|
|Public bus from airport to city center||2.83|
|3km taxi ride in Toronto||9.43 - 12.26|
|Subway/streetcar/bus ride in Toronto||2.83|
Toronto food and drink prices
|Budget breakfast||Fast food places and bakeries are some of the cheaper breakfast options.||4.72 - 7.55|
|Budget lunch||Toronto has loads of great cheap ethnic restaurants near the center.||5.66 - 9.43|
|Budget dinner||Assuming you want a sit-down dinner you can still find good budget options in most neighborhoods.||7.55 - 14.15|
|Beer (pint)||Look out for casual pubs. Nightclubs will charge much more.||3.54 - 4.72|
|McDonald's Big Mac||Big Macs aren't really a great deal in Toronto.||4.06|
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|Airports||Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)|
Avg temps & precip
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Toronto has a classic four seasons climate, with warm and humid summers, and cold winters where snowfall isn’t uncommon. The temperatures in summer rarely rise so high that it’s uncomfortable to be outside for most people, so it’s really the ideal season to visit. Winters definitely do get cold and it can go weeks at a time without rising above freezing.
Spring and autumn are usually quite nice, although it usually isn’t until May that it’ll be warm enough to do without a jacket or sweater during the day, so if you are planning on doing outdoor things then May through September are the best months.
The city gets mild and consistent rainfall throughout the year, with most of it being snow during winter. There’s no dry months or unusually wet months, so prepare for a bit of rain and cross your fingers.
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