Our Mississauga Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Canada. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need? We have all these answers plus other basic info about the best time to go, getting there, getting around, and a few useful travel tips.

    It’s all compiled in this Mississauga Travel Essentials. After reading this short and easy-to-read guide, you will be a little more prepared to start your trip in Mississauga, Ontario.


    Best time to travel to Mississauga (weather-wise)

    • Mississauga has a humid continental climate, with average temperatures ranging from -5°C in winter to 22°C in summer.
    • Between April and November is the rainiest time of the year, with an average of 10 rainy days per month.
    • Snowfall can be expected between November and April.
    • June-August is peak tourist season, with hotel and flight prices rising accordingly.
    • April-May and September-October are great times to visit as you’ll avoid the peak season’s throngs, and flight and hotel prices are more affordable. The weather is pleasant, but pack a jumper and raincoat, just in case.

    Mississauga basics

    • Primary Languages: English
    • Plug types: A and B
    • Electricity: 120 V
    • Currency: Canadian Dollar (C$)
    • International dialling codes: +1 905
    • Emergency telephone number: 911

    Getting into the city

    Toronto Pearson International Airport

    Toronto Pearson International Airport is the primary airport serving Mississauga. One of the largest and busiest airports in Canada, it sits 10 km northeast of the city centre. Toronto Pearson Airport features 2 passenger terminals and 1 infield terminal. Terminal 1 is one of the largest buildings in the world. The airport hosts a great range of dining and shopping options, as well as facilities including banking and currency exchange services. There are several transfer options to reach Downtown Mississauga:

    • A taxicab takes around 15-25 minutes and costs roughly C$35-45. Taxi ranks can be found at Door D on the Arrivals Level of Terminal 1 and Doors D, E and F on the Arrivals Level of Terminal 3.
    • You can also use Uber and Lyft apps at Toronto Airport. The pick-up areas are on the Ground Level at Doors Q and P in Terminal 1 or Arrivals Level Door D in Terminal 3.
    • MiWay bus services take around 30 minutes and cost less than C$10. The bus stops are at Terminal 1, Ground Level, second curb, Column S4. It’s the cheapest way to reach central Mississauga from Pearson Airport.
    • Car rental agencies can be found on Level 1 of the Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 parking garages.

    Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

    Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is the secondary airport serving Mississauga. Settled on Toronto Island, 20 km east of Mississauga city centre, it’s one of the busiest Canadian airports that serves the US. Billy Bishop Airport features 1 passenger terminal in which you’ll find dining and shopping facilities, as well as banking and currency exchange services. There are several transfer options to reach Downtown Mississauga:

    • A complimentary shuttle bus can take you to Toronto Union Station in around 15-20 minutes. The bus stop is just outside the terminal. From Union Station, you can catch the bus line 21 to Mississauga, which takes around 40-45 minutes and costs less than C$10. It’s the cheapest way to get to Mississauga from Billy Bishop Airport.
    • A taxicab takes around 25-35 minutes and costs roughly C$55-65. The taxi rank is right in front the terminal exit.
    • You can also use Uber and Lyft apps at Billy Bishop Airport. The pick-up area is just outside the terminal.
    • Car rental agencies can be found in the arrivals hall.

    If you come by train to Mississauga

    Union Station is a major transportation hub in Toronto. Built in the early-20th century, it has a stunning Beaux-Arts-style Great Hall and the 22 columns of the façade makes it look like a Roman temple. Served by Via Rail and Amtrak lines, it’s home to dining and shopping outlets. From here, you can reach Mississauga by bus or taxi, including ridesharing.

    photo by Haljackey (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    Getting around Mississauga

    Travel tips

    Mississauga City Centre covers 1.2 sq km that can easily be explored on foot. You’ll find, within walking distance of each other, many attractions and shopping options including Square One Shopping Centre, the Living Arts Centre and the Art Gallery of Mississauga, just to name a few. The city centre also has a great choice of dining and nightlife entertainment venues. For longer journeys, a good choice of public and private transport services is at hand.

    photo by Terry Ozon (CC BY 2.0) modified


    MiWay bus networks

    • MiWay operates the bus networks in Mississauga. They cover the entire city and also connect Mississauga to Toronto, 20 km away.
    • The price of a single local fare is C$3.75.
    • A 10-ticket book costs C$32.
    • Tickets can be purchased at the City Centre Transit Terminal and at MiWay ticket agents throughout the city, including at many food marts and convenient stores.

    photo by 분당선M (CC BY-SA 3.0) modified


    Taking a taxi

    • Taxis can be hailed on the street in Mississauga.
    • You can easily find cab stands outside hotels and near the main attractions and shopping areas.
    • You can also directly call popular companies such as All Star Taxi Service Inc. (+1 905-602-0000), Mississauga Taxi (+1 905-277-7777) or All Star Taxi Co-Op (+1 905-602-0000), just to name a few.
    • The regulated flag drop charge is C$4.25 for the first 141 metres, then it’s C$0.25 for each additional 141 metres.
    • Most taxis accept the payment of the fare by credit card, but it’s better to ask the driver before you get in.
    • It’s common to give a 10-20% tip to the taxi driver.
    • Uber, Lyft and local taxi apps can also be used to hail a taxi in Mississauga.

    Start planning your trip

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