Mississauga

Mississauga is a city in southwestern Ontario, Canada. It is Toronto's largest suburb and Canada's sixth largest city.

Get in

By air

Mississauga (IATA: YYZ) is home to Canada's largest airport. Located in Malton, Toronto Pearson International Airport primarily serves Canada's largest city, with three crowded terminals and flights from cities across Canada, many American cities and several European, Asian, Latin American, African and Oceanian destinations.

The airport is a short taxi ride from anywhere in Mississauga and is served by local buses.

Alternatives to Mississauga's main airport are Hamilton (IATA: YHM) and Buffalo (IATA: BUF), which both offer a much smaller selection of flights but are occasionally less expensive.

By car

Mississauga is served by 4 major expressways:

By public transit

Mississauga is reasonably accessible from Toronto by transit. GO Transit runs trains during rush hour and buses the rest of the day from various terminals in Toronto to several stations in Mississauga. Square One shopping centre contains the main local bus terminal for the city, it is regularly served by GO buses as well as local Mississauga Transit buses. Islington subway station in Etobicoke offers a good selection of MiWay routes.

GO Transit provides some commuter train and bus services which cross Mississauga to get to Toronto from Milton, Oakville and Hamilton. Commuter trains lead primarily to Toronto's Union Station, where it is possible to transfer to VIA Rail intercity services. Likewise, intercity bus service tends to be limited as most runs go not to Mississauga but to downtown Toronto. A few buses are run from other towns in Ontario to drop passengers at Malton airport; there are buses from the airport to various points in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton.

Get around

Because of the lack of urban planning in its early years, the city has become too spread out, causing it to be difficult to traverse without a personal car.

MiWay (Mississauga Transit) offers infrequent service within the City of Mississauga ($3.50/person, waiting times typically 15 to 45 minutes on weekdays). Paper transfers are valid for one and a half hours from time of initial fare payment; Brampton and Oakville transfers are honoured, but Brampton passes are not. MiWay Local (orange/white bus livery) operate like the old Mississauga Transit using most of the same routes. MiWay Express (blue/white livery) travel on expressways and major thoroughfares with a limited number of designated stops; the buses are equipped with reading lights and power outlets at each seat but most routes are weekday peak hours only (except Route 110, which runs all day every day).

Mississauga Transitway, a 12-station busway similar to Ottawa's transitway, is being built along Highway 403 from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Renforth Drive via the City Centre. The first four stations (from Square One to Dixie Road) opened in 2014; as of 2016, the easternmost station is Etobicoke Creek. When completed, the system will provide faster service for passengers by cutting commuting times by as much as half.

Brampton Transit serves Malton airport's Terminal 1 (route 115) and the Mississauga City Centre Transit Terminal (Züm route 502) near Square One mall.

Oakville Transit services Clarkson GO station and the South Common Centre near the Oakville boundary. Transfers are accepted.

Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) services part of Malton near the Toronto boundary, including two routes from the subway to Malton's airport. Premium fares (effectively, the standard TTC fare plus the standard MiWay fare) apply when taking TTC beyond Malton airport. TTC does not accept passes or paper transfers from other systems as fare media within Toronto.

Mississauga taxis are metered, rates start at $4.25 plus $1.75/km ($2.85/mile) or $0.50/minute, billed in 25-cent increments. There are various "taxi" or "limo" operators which serve just Malton airport; these are available from taxi stands at the terminals. A few operators of various colours are available city-wide.

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Airport hotels

There are a pair of hotels at Malton airport or on the airport grounds:

A series of large hotels on Toronto's Dixon Road serves Malton Airport (Dixon Road, Toronto becomes Airport Road in Malton). See Etobicoke.

Stay Safe

Mississauga is a fairly safe city, however use common sense and vigilance at night like any other large city, as muggings can sometimes happen. The local police are friendly, trustworthy, and approachable, so any issues you have you can ask them for help.

On the weekend, clubs and bars in Mississauga can fill up with people fast. If you see a confrontation in a bar or club, it is best not to get involved, as these can escalate quickly.

For life threatening emergencies, dial 9-1-1 to be connected to Police, Fire, or Ambulance. For non-emergency inquiries, you can dial the following:

On the whole, Mississauga is a safe city, and for the average tourist, you should have no problems.

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Routes through Mississauga

Kitchener Brampton  W  E  Toronto END
London Milton  W  E  Toronto Oshawa
Hamilton Oakville  W  E  Becomes
Caledon Brampton  N  S  Becomes
Hamilton Oakville  W  E  Toronto END
Kitchener Brampton  W  E  Etobicoke Toronto
Hamilton Oakville  W  E  Etobicoke Toronto
END Milton  W  E  Etobicoke Toronto


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