Union Station: History, Facts & Map

Photo of the Union Station Great Hall.

Located at the heart of downtown Toronto on Front Street between Bay and York, Union Station is the major inter-city transportation hub of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The station sees over 200,000 travellers a day who are mostly commuters from all over the GTHA.

Union Station facilitates rail service from GO Transit, Via Rail, Amtrak, and Ontario Northland. Combined with the TTC station and GO Bus Terminal, Union Station is the busiest passenger transportation facility in Canada.

See more information about Union Station and connecting transit.

Bay Concourse

Bay Concourse

The new Bay Concourse opened on July 27, 2021. This is a major milestone for GO Transit riders and the enhancement of Union Station Project. The modernized Bay Concourse’s renovations have expanded the footprint of the original space — from 40,000 to 60,000-plus square feet!

The modernized Bay Concourse makes the commuting experience more comfortable and convenient for GO train riders, giving passengers better access to and from train platforms and throughout all of Toronto’s Union Station. Read more about Bay Concourse here.

York Concourse

Photo of the Union Station GO Transit York Concourse.

The modern, spacious 62,000-square-foot York Concourse, where passengers make their way to and from GO Train platforms, is the pulse of Union Station. Buy your tickets here or speak to one of our staff if you need help. You’ll find everything from PRESTO and Ticket Vending Machines to our Lost & Found, and easy connections to Toronto's PATH system.

If you have some extra time, discover our vendors while you wait, including McCafe, Starbucks, Booster Juice, INS Market, The Bagel Stop, Uncle Tetsu's Japanese Cheesecake, and more.

For info about all retailers in Union Station check out the City of Toronto’s website. 

Map

Union Station has a total gross floor area of approximately 706,426 sq. ft., servicing 41 km of track, and 6 km of station platforms. See our map below to help you navigate our vast network of tracks, concourses, and platforms.

Union Station Map

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Union Station map

Union Station map

Union Station Enhancement Project

USEP Platform Image

An artist rendering of the Union Station platforms. Final designs are subject to change, and this doesn’t show the current mask and physical distancing rules on platforms.

The Union Station Enhancement Project includes the design and construction of transit infrastructure and upgrades at the southernmost part of Union Station, including the addition of new tracks, the expansion of platform 24/25, a new south platform, and a new south concourse. These enhancements are being made to accommodate GO rail service increases, improve customer experience and enable the planned GO Expansion program.

To learn more about this historic transformation – visit Metrolinx News, or visit the GO Transit and Metrolinx Union Station web pages.

History

Closeup of an old sign on the wall of Union Station that reads 'Please use centre entrances for passenger trains.'

Union Station is a big part of Toronto’s history. The current building opened its doors in 1927, although its history dates back to 1858 with the debut of the first of three stations. The Union Station we know today was designed in the École des Beaux-Arts style by a team of architects from the Montreal Firm of G.A. Ross and R.H. Macdonald, Hugh Jones of the CPR and John M. Lyle of Toronto. The Canadian Pacific Railway and Grand Trunk Railways commissioned its construction. In over 150 years, Union Station has survived the Great Toronto Fire of 1904, hosted concerts, appeared as the backdrop in feature films, and most of all, served travellers near and far. 

Ownership

One of the west hallways at Union Station with three passengers walking through it while a fourth sits on a bench.

Both the City of Toronto and GO Transit have been sharing ownership of Union Station since 2000. The City of Toronto owns the bulk of the station building, while the train shed, platforms, tracks, and newly renovated York Concourse are owned by GO Transit.