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Next time you are at Billy Bishop Airport take the scenic route aboard the ferry. Travelling a distance of 121 metres across the Western gap, the trip takes about 90 seconds, making the ferry ride to and from Billy Bishop Airport one of the shortest in the world.

Billy Bishop Airport’s Marilyn Bell ferry is 100 per cent electric powered. It is Canada’s first truly zero emission, lithium-ion electric ferry. Not only is the ferry electric, it will get you where you need to be in no time and provides a unique view of downtown Toronto.

Accessing the Ferry

The ferry departs from the foot of Bathurst Street (view map). It is free for pedestrians and $15 for vehicles (return trip).

Schedule

The ferry schedule runs from 05:15AM- 12:07AM daily, with ferry crossings every 15 minutes.

From MainlandFrom Airport
05:15 a.m.05:22 a.m.
05:30 a.m.05:37 a.m.
05:45 a.m.05:52 a.m.
06:00 a.m.06:07 a.m.
06:15 a.m.06:22 a.m.
… every 15 minutes…
11:00 p.m.11:07 p.m.
11:15 p.m.11:22 p.m.
11:30 p.m.11:37 p.m.
11:45 p.m.11:52 p.m.
12:00 a.m.12:07 a.m.

*This is a guide only. Please note that these times are subject to change and may vary depending on weather conditions and ferry capacity. Please give yourself extra time.

About

The Billy Bishop Airport Marilyn Bell ferry not only transports vehicles, passengers, airport staff and essential supplies to and from the airport, but also serves as a vital link for City of Toronto service vehicles to gain access to the Toronto Islands as well as for critical Ornge medevac emergency services.

Going Green

PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport, celebrated the conversion of the Marilyn Bell ferry to 100 per cent electric power in December 2021. In operation since 2010, and upgraded to bio-diesel fuel in 2018, the vessel’s diesel generators and engines were removed in 2021 to make way for a new electric power and propulsion system and a suite of lithium-ion batteries fueled by 100 per cent Bullfrog Power renewable electricity.

Powered entirely by electricity from clean wind and solar sources provided by Bullfrog Power, the retrofitted Marilyn Bell has eliminated greenhouse gas emissions from the ferry operation, reducing the airport’s direct emissions by approximately 530 tonnes per year.

Learn more about the Marilyn Bell ferry here.

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Environment

Billy Bishop Airport is committed to sustainability and protecting the environment. We conduct our operations in a manner that is consistent with protecting the environment, building and preserving natural habitats and ensuring that we give back to the communities that we serve.
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Noise Management

Managing noise is a key part of Billy Bishop Airport’s commitment to the environment and the well-being of its surrounding community. Learn more about the airport’s comprehensive, multi-faceted Noise Management Program.