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Tourism Vaughan

Getting Here

Vaughan is at the heart of our map as an ideal destination for visiting southern Ontario, whether it’s a day trip from next door or you’re travelling here from afar.

  • A 20-minute drive from Toronto Pearson airport
  • A 90-minute drive from the Rainbow Bridge at the Canada and USA border
  • 30 minutes from downtown Toronto’s Union Station, served by VIA Rail and AMTRAK
  • Direct access to Highways 427, 400 and 407, and minutes from Highways 401, 404 and 410

How to Get to Vaughan

Having your own set of wheels is a great way to sightsee and reach every corner of Vaughan, from urban attractions to parks and trails around Ontario’s Greenbelt and conservation areas.

Zoom in via major highways that cross into Vaughan, including Highway 400 from the north or south. Drivers can save time and avoid traffic by using Highway 407, an electronic toll highway that extends 108 kilometres East-West across the top of the Greater Toronto Area. Check tolls and fees from your area here.

Gone EV? Top up while you shop! Vaughan is EV-friendly, with dozens of public charging stations. Locate ports are available at Vaughan Mills and IKEA Vaughan, for visitors of the Kortright Centre for Conservation, and at select hotels, including Element Vaughan Southwest and the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Vaughan.

No wheels? No worries! Use any of the three public transit systems that connect Vaughan with surrounding regions to get here – or get around – by bus, streetcar, or subway:

  • Toronto Transit Commission (TTC)
  • York Region Transit (YRT)/Viva
  • GO Transit

You’ll find major attractions well served by transit (Vaughan Mills and Canada’s Wonderland are both along YRT Route 20) with frequent connections through the TTC’s Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) subway station and YRT’s Smart VMC Bus Terminal

Vaughan is within what’s informally called the “GTA” (Greater Toronto Area). We share a border with Toronto along Steeles Avenue, which means we are (literally) right across the street.

Don’t want to drive back and forth? It’s about 40 minutes by subway between Vaughan Metropolitan Centre (VMC) subway station and Toronto’s Union Station, via the TTC’s Yonge-University line. And trains run at least every five minutes.

Canada’s largest and busiest airport, Toronto Pearson, welcomes flights from more than 175 cities worldwide and is located just a 30-minute drive from Vaughan.

Car rentals are available at the terminal, and it’s recommended that travellers pre-book in advance for the best rates and availability.
You can also pick up a taxi or limo on site. These services will be available at the arrivals level and quote you a flat rate based on your destination.

If you use ride-sharing apps, multiple pick-up locations around the terminals are available.

Once you settle in, you can plan to run, jog, hike, or ride like a local. Discover great places to keep up (or begin) your fitness routine during your stay in Vaughan.

The city has more than 230 kilometres of signed cycling and pedestrian routes, ready for action. Great walks include the grounds of the McMichael Gallery and North Maple Regional Park, to name just a couple.

Did you know Vaughan is considered one of the most walkable cities in Canada?

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