19-24 July 2020
Royal Conservatory of Music
America/Toronto timezone
Registration is now open!

Travel, Lodging, & Transit


There are two airports in the Toronto area: YYZ (Toronto Pearson Airport) is in Mississauga, the city adjacent to Toronto, but connected by rail ("Union-Pearson Express") or taxi. YTO (Billy Bishop Airport) is a smaller airport located in downtown Toronto. Those using Air Canada can use the promotion code BCRAMA91, for travel between 12 July and 31 July, which gives a 10% discount on eligible fares. Those travelling with Westjet can use the coupon code F61IV43.

See below for information on how to use the airport train connection to downtown.


Each delegate is responsible for arranging their own travel and lodging. Since summer prices in Toronto can be quite high, we recommend making a booking as far in advance as possible. Several room blocks have been negotiated for ICAP delegates. The number of rooms is limited, so once again we encourage you to take advantage of these rates as soon as your travel plans are clear. (Also, booking in advance will help others, because we can expand the room blocks that fill up...so long as this does not occur at the last moment.)

1. The Chelsea Hotel: (33 Gerrard Street Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4; subway: Dundas Station): C$185+17.52% tax per night (roughly US$165). Reserve using this booking link, sending an email to cstor.reservation@chelseatoronto.com, or calling 1-800-243-5732 or +1 (416) 595-1975, and refer to “ICAP2020 Conference” and hotel ID ICA071820. The reserved room block will be released on June 26, but will likely fill sooner than that.

2. Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre (525 Bay Street, Toronto M5G 2L2; subway: Dundas Station): C$239+17.52% tax per night (roughly US$210). Reserve using this booking link, or by calling 1-877 905-0667, and refer to “ICAP - International Conference on Atomic Physics 2020” and reference code ATO. The reserved room block will be released on June 5.

3. Holiday Inn (30 Carlton Street, Toronto, ON M5B2E9; subway: College Station): C$215+17.52% tax per night (roughly US$190). Reserve using this booking link, sending an email to reservations@hitorontodowntown.ca, or calling 1-877 660 8550 or +1 (416) 542-6004, and refer to “ICAP 27” group, and Block Code SSQ. The reserved room block will be released on June 4.

4. For students only: Chestnut Centre (89 Chestnut St, Toronto, ON M5G 1R1; subway: Patrick Station): C$149+13% tax per night (roughly US$125). This rate includes breakfast, and is reserved for student participants at ICAP. The rooms are dormatory-style (quite basic). Half of the room block is for double accommodation. Reserve by calling +1 (416) 977-0707, or by email to frontdesk.chestnut@utoronto.ca . Indicate that you are with "ICAP 2020". The reserved room block is released on May 17, but may of course fill sooner than that.

Each of these hotels offers free wi-fi, and will require a credit card for a non-refundable deposit. Room blocks cover 19-24 July, but the conference rates are usually offered up to 3 days before or after the meeting, subject to room availability.

Transit from airport (UP Express) and PRESTO cards

A train line called the Union-Pearson (UP) Express connects the  Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to downtown Toronto. Trains depart every 15 minutes from 5:30am to 1am, and cost roughly $10 CAD each way.  Union Station (25 minutes' ride) is the most convenient transfer station in order to get to any of the conference hotels. To purchase a ticket, either (1) visit upexpress.com before June 24, 2020 and use promo code ICAP2020 to receive a 25% discount on Adult Return tickets (round-trip) from Pearson Airport to Toronto Union Station; or (2) buy a PRESTO transit card at the airport station. If you buy a PRESTO card, you will have to pay $6 fee for the card, but then you can use this card for public transit in Toronto, including the subways, street cars, and buses.