Immediately after exiting into the main terminal from customs and immigration, we followed the sign for the UP Express (Union Pearson Express) Train platform. It took a bit of going up and twists and turns but we finally arrived at the train platform and ticket purchase area for UP Express. I bought two senior and one adult oneway ticket which came out to $24.75 CAD. The UP Express train was already at the Toronto Pearson Airport station and boarding so we got on and stowed our three bags in the baggage area before finding ourselves couple of seats. We each had our own row of seats for now and planned on sitting together if the train got full later.
UP Express makes two intermediate stops at Weston and Bloor Stations before arriving at Toronto’s Union Station which is the final stop of this train. Inside the train was clean, spotless and had a smell of hospital disinfectant in the air. There were plenty of storage area for luggage which came with restraining bars to prevent any stacked luggage from falling over and out into the aisles from train movement. Above the seats are airline style enclosed overhead bins for smaller bags. The overhead bins aboard the UP Express Trains probably could easily handle smaller roller bags better than the bins aboard airplanes. In June of 2015, UP Express service between Toronto Pearson Airport and Toronto Union station started. The train sets used for UP Express are Diesel Mutli-Unit trains manufactured by Nippon-Sharyo Company. Even with the Diesel engines built into the car, I did not find the UP Express Train any noisier or have more vibrations than Diesel locomotive pulled trains.The seats aboard the UP Express Train were plenty comfortable for the 25 minute journey from the airport to downtown. There is a conductor aboard the train and she came through the train checking everyones ticket. One group, who seemed to be backpackers, boarded without the proper ticket so they had to buy the correct tickets from the conductor. I’m not sure if there is a penalty fare for boarding without a proper ticket like there is aboard Amtrak, but the conductor had a credit card machine with her to process payments. At each of the intermediate stops, the conductor came through again to check the tickets of any new passengers. It would be pretty difficult to be a fare dodger aboard the UP Express Trains with such thorough ticket checks. As soon as the UP Express train left Pearson Airport station, I received a message via my Marriott App saying that our room was ready! My request for early checkin came through and while early checkin is not a stated benefit of Gold/Platinum Members of Marriott Rewards, Marriott properties have been very good about accommodating the requests whenever I have made them. I let my parents know that our room was ready and I could tell they were relieved since all three of us were tired and did not want to have to kill 6+ hours in town until the 4PM checkin time. On time, our UP Express train pulled into Toronto’s Union Station. The UP Express platform is located in a dedicated separate area of Toronto’s Union station and not part of the main station building which is used by Via Rail and Amtrak trains. The UP Express Platform is connected via Path Skywalk to Rogers Centre, Convention Center, CN Tower and the rest of Union Station.