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WHEN Feb 14-23, 2014 WHERE Metro Toronto Convention Centre URL http://www.autoshow.ca

Toronto Auto Show 2013: tickets, travel and highlights for 40th annual show

Posted Feb 12th 2013 7:00PM

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It's that time of the year again, when the Canadian International Auto Show rolls into Toronto. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the show and promises to display some of the World's best concept cars and 32 new Canadian reveals. Of course, in keeping in good spirit with the automotive theme many show-goers will arrive by car and be researching cars but some will arrive by transit.

The following will bring you up to speed on buying tickets, arriving at the show, and navigating the show - no matter where you're from or how you're arriving. Plenty of links to helpful websites and maps are contained within.

Click through to plan your trip to the 2013 Canadian International Auto Show and don't forget to forward this travel guide to any friends and family who are attending the show too.

BUY YOUR TICKETS

You can purchase your tickets online from the official Canadian International Auto Show website, or upon arrival at the show. This year the show will be held February 15th to the 24th, although we'll be at media day on the 14th. Those who buy their tickets online will also save 10 per cent off of the regular ticket price at the door. The online and walk-up ticket prices are as follows,

Online ticket prices:

  • Adult Tickets: $19.80
  • Children Tickets (ages 7-12): $6.30
  • Two-Day Pass: $28.80
  • Family Pass (includes 2 adults and 2 children ages 7-12): $39.60

Walk-up ticket prices:

  • Adult Tickets: $22.00 (with $5.00 discount coupon from February 19 to February 22, $17.00)
  • Children Tickets (ages 7-12): $7.00
  • Two-Day Pass: $32.00
  • Family Pass (includes 2 adults and 2 children ages 7-12): $44.00

(All ticket prices listed include HST)

Special promotions can be found at this link:

If you are 55 years of age or older you may attend Zoomer Day, held Feb 15th. Enjoy reduced admission of only $11.00! Show opens at 12 noon and proof of age is required.

LOCATION

Now that you've got your tickets sorted, the question is, how to get to the show? The 2013 Canadian International Auto Show (or CIAS for short), will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in the heart of downtown Toronto. To complicate matters, the show is held in two separate buildings, linked together by a catwalk.

The addresses for both Toronto Auto Show buildings is as follows:

MTCC - North Building
255 Front Street West

MTCC - South Building
222 Bremner Blvd.

Don't fret: once you're inside either building, it's easy enough to navigate to the other building and back - just follow the signs or ask a vendor or security for help.

TRAVELING TO THE SHOW

Once again this year, Autoblog Canada has sponsored the Skywalk leading from Toronto's Union Station to the Toronto. Check out our displays on the way and be prepared on your mobile device for us to bring you the fastest coverage possible with some of the best photo galleries you'll see from the show floor.

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Arriving by car:

Take the required highway to arrive on the Gardiner Expressway which runs along the bottom of Toronto's downtown core - just South of the auto show's location.

For the North Building:

  • Follow the Gardiner Expressway and exit at Spadina Avenue
  • Proceed north on Spadina Avenue and turn right on Front St.
  • Turn right on Simcoe St. then turn right into the garage


For the South Building:

  • Follow the Gardiner Expressway and exit at York St.
  • Proceed north two lights to Bremner Blvd.
  • Turn left on Bremner Blvd.
  • Turn left on Lower Simcoe St. then turn right into the garage

If the North or South Building parking lots are full, there are many other parking lots in the vicinity including several "Green P" city operated parking lots. Here's a link to Green P's website if you choose to park in one of their lots.

Arriving by public transit:

Arriving by public transit is inexpensive and easy enough if you're game to brave the crowds. Toronto's public transit system is run by the Toronto Transit Commission and hence named the TTC. Here are directions based on which TTC subway line you'll be starting from.

  • Yonge-University-Spadina Line: Exit at Union station and proceed west on Front Street to the North Building, where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.
  • Bloor-Danthforth Line: When traveling west or east, you will need to transfer to the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway Line at either Bloor-Yonge Station, St. George Station or Spadina Station. Then continue until you reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building, where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.
  • Scarborough RT Line: Travel west to Kennedy Station. From Kennedy Station transfer to the Bloor-Yonge Line. Continue on the Bloor-Yonge Line until your reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building, where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.
  • Sheppard Line: Travel west to the Sheppard-Yonge Station and transfer to the Yonge-University Spadina Line. Travel south until you reach Union Station and exit the subway. From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building, where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.

Click here to view the TTC Subway Map

  • Bus and Streetcar Routes: Please contact the Toronto Transit Commission at 416-393-INFO (416-393-4636), or visit the above TTC Map link for information on Bus and Streetcar Routes in your area.
  • GO Transit: From Union station you can proceed west on Front Street to the North Building, where you can access the Skywalk to enter the South Building. Or exit to Union train station and follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building. Here's a link to the GO Transit website for information on Train and Bus Routes.


Arriving by airplane:

If arriving at Pearson International Airport by airplane, public transit directions are as follows:

  • Take TTC Airport Express bus 192 to Kipling Station. Front Kipling TTC station take the subway to Union Station follow the Skywalk to either the North or South Building.


NAVIGATING THE AUTO SHOW

Maps will be on hand once you arrive at the show, but in case you'd like to plan ahead or print your own map, click this link for a Map of the show floor and automaker locations.

Be sure to follow Autoblog Canada throughout the day on the automotive media day held February 14th as we cover every important car to appear at the show. And don't forget to tote your mobile device and hit up our website to learn more about the cars you're looking at when you're standing in front of them. (The models are very attractive and no doubt as brilliant as their smiles, but they're not paid to know much about the cars they're standing beside).

From the entire Autoblog Canada team: we hope you enjoy the 40th annual Toronto Auto Show!


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