Toronto Bus Terminal


Toronto Bus Terminal

The Toronto Bus Terminal or Toronto Coach Terminal, located at 610 Bay Street (just north of Dundas Street), is a terminal in downtown Toronto for inter-city bus lines. It is one block west of Dundas subway station, and connected to it underground via the PATH network. It is also about the same distance from St. Patrick station. The bus platforms are located on the north side of the building on Edward Street, and a small side entrance is on the west side of the building on Elizabeth Street, connected to the main concourse area on Bay Street by a corridor behind the bus platforms. Unlike the TTC’s local bus terminals, the terminal has clearly numbered separate platforms for each bus route.

The terminal is a two-storey historic building. Around 1990, the building was renovated by demolishing the internal walls, keeping the external walls intact—a process known as facadism. An annex, located to the west of the main terminal building on Elizabeth Street, houses buses using the terminal. Today, departures take place from the old terminal and arrivals from the annexe, a set-up that is rather unique for bus terminals or other passenger transportation infrastructure. Nearby landmarks include the Toronto Eaton Centre, the Atrium on Bay, the Hospital for Sick Children, and the Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. It is also within walking distance of Chinatown.

The terminal is owned by the Toronto Transit Commission as the sole shareholder of the provincially incorporated business called Toronto Coach Terminal Incorporated. Built in the 1930s, the Art-Deco style terminal was home base for Gray Coach, an interurban bus service then owned by the TTC.

It is now used by Coach Canada and Greyhound Canada. GO Transit coaches coming into central Toronto have used the Union Station Bus Terminal to the south since 2003.

From the Toronto Coach Terminal, Coach Canada operates buses to Montreal via Kingston and New York City via St. Catharines, Ontario, Niagara Falls, Ontario, and Buffalo, New York; Coach Canada also operates casino shuttles from Toronto to Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls.

Greyhound Canada operates a small network of commuter services branded as Quicklink, buses run from Toronto Coach Terminal to Barrie, Guelph, Kitchener, Niagara Falls, St. Catharines, and Peterborough.

Other major coach terminals in Toronto include Yorkdale Bus Terminal, the Scarborough Town Centre Bus Terminal, and Finch Bus Terminal.


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