With so many beautiful places to see in North America, Toronto is high up on my list of places to visit! Canada is so appealing now that I am in Europe, and thankfully the apathy that Americans feel towards our neighbour up north has worn off on me.
That being said, there is no way that I could be in North America and not visit my beloved home state of Texas. Alternatively, doubling up a trip back home with a trip to Canada would be a no-brainer. As they tend to, costs rack up which is why I wanted to share with you 10 ways to save money on your Toronto vacation.
Be Flexible About Airports
Sometimes you’ll need to fly to or from an airport like Heathrow or Gatwick to be able to get to your destination, but there are occasions when an airport an hour away may do the trick. Think of and consider your options at certain times you can save more money from a smaller airport. Alternatively, you can end up paying more as there are fewer flights departing daily, so always be flexible and be aware of rates.
The same principle applies to the airports you may be flying in to. Instead of having to land directly in Toronto Pearson International Airport, consider those airports that are a short drive away. Buffalo International Airport is only a 2-hour drive from Toronto and you can make a short road trip of it!
Consider Affordable Accommodation
If the thought of bunking in a small room with other travellers doesn’t immediately appeal to you I don’t blame you. You don’t have to be a backpacker or go straight to a hostel to save money on accommodation. You can find affordable accommodation by staying at one of the University of Toronto’s dorms if you are visiting during summer months.
Using comparison websites, like my definite favourite, Booking.com can help you find the best fares and even snag a great deal on a hotel that has 3 or more stars.
Buy a CityPASS
If you want to see the top attractions then a Toronto CityPASS is the way to go. There are so many beautiful things to see, and if you want to ensure that you do get to see them all without breaking the bank then this is a must. From getting to see attractions like the CN Tower, to being able to jump the queues, why not take advantage of a discount opportunity.
See What’s Free
With museums, parks, and cultural points of interest there is so much to see at no cost to you. Visit Toronto’s High Park for some fresh air, or opt for a stroll around The Distillery Historic District, an area that has served as a film set for many films, including X-Men, and Cinderella Man.
Try Different Cuisines
If you want to eat your way through Toronto, you don’t have to go broke doing so. Some cuisines are more affordable than others and sometimes more adventurous than what many people would consider. Chinatown and Little Korea offer filling, and delicious meals at a great price. If you consider that to be too exotic you can still find some good eats by visiting some of Toronto’s markets.
Have you been to Toronto? What are some of your tips to save money in Toronto?