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Old 12-20-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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I need to visit Canada for a small one day trip with my wife and 22 month old from Dallas. I can go to any US-Canada border/airport except the ones associated with Quebec.

I need to do this in January.

The ones I have explored so far:

1) Take direct flight to Toronto. Most expensive. Costs around $750 per person. But hassle free.
2) Take flight to Buffalo and cross border by road. Seems like there is no direct flight to Buffalo from Dallas. It might be pain to take long flight journey with toddler + inclement weather problems. But might be cheapest option.
3) Take a flight to Seattle and cross the border. Costs in between the above two options, but has a long drive. Looks like the nearest Canadian border would be 3 hours from Seattle airport.

Any other cheaper and good options that I have apart from these three?
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:24 PM
 
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I see plenty of nonstop DFW-YYZ flights in late January for $468 return, or $524 earlier in the month. Detroit is probably your cheapest option though.
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Old 12-21-2017, 08:11 AM
 
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I see plenty of nonstop DFW-YYZ flights in late January for $468 return, or $524 earlier in the month. Detroit is probably your cheapest option though.
Do realize that the drive between Detroit Metro and Toronto via the 401 in late January is not the most pleasant four hour drive and is subject to the January weather. I would have to have SUBSTANTIAL savings to fly into Detroit.
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Old 12-21-2017, 08:37 AM
 
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Do realize that the drive between Detroit Metro and Toronto via the 401 in late January is not the most pleasant four hour drive and is subject to the January weather. I would have to have SUBSTANTIAL savings to fly into Detroit.
I'm zeroing in on first week of January.

I don't need to go to Toronto, any bordering Canadian city would do. Windsor works too. I checked the weather and it didn't seem bad.
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Old 12-21-2017, 10:24 AM
 
Location: OH>IL>CO>CT
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Detroit seems your best bet.

Shortest non-stop flights, with fares from $113 RT (on flights late in the day). See https://goo.gl/maps/yCAob1MavQA2

23 miles from airport to Windsor. See https://goo.gl/maps/bPLXsXLMxtn

Have you checked into any issues taking a rental car across border ?
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Old 12-21-2017, 11:09 AM
 
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Detroit seems your best bet.

Shortest non-stop flights, with fares from $113 RT (on flights late in the day). See https://goo.gl/maps/yCAob1MavQA2

23 miles from airport to Windsor. See https://goo.gl/maps/bPLXsXLMxtn

Have you checked into any issues taking a rental car across border ?
I am still researching on that. Do you know if there any taxis that cross the border and drop people at Canadian port of entry?
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Old 12-21-2017, 12:44 PM
 
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I am still researching on that. Do you know if there any taxis that cross the border and drop people at Canadian port of entry?
1) You should not have a problem with taking a rental car into Canada. If you are a Canadian citizen, I would verify that before making a reservation.

2) I would NOT recommend taking a cab as that means that you will be taking two cabs in each direction. I have never been able to find a Detroit metro cab driver who will take me from the airport into Canada and the like. What I have done is take the cab into DT Detroit and catch one of those "tunnel shuttles into ST Windsor. I would strongly recommend AGAINST taking a city bus to the border.
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Old 12-21-2017, 03:30 PM
 
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A little research on Yelp.com found this taxi service, based in Windsor, that services both ways across border. Maybe not the cheapest, but appears "you get what you pay for".

https://www.yelp.com/biz/courtesy-tr...dsor?osq=taxis

Airport Shuttle - Detroit Windsor Toronto
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Old 12-21-2017, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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So what the heck are you picking up in Canada, that you can get at any border city?
If it's prescription drugs, try CanadaDrugs.com. They ship to the US; I haven't had any problems.
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Old 12-21-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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I wouldn't plan on anything through Buffalo. Weather can be horrible. Flights are frequently canceled or delayed.

Forget the idea of a cab. You will need to rent a car and drive.

This sounds like an odd trip. You need to go to any Canadian border for a day? And you want the first week of January? It's awfully close to book a flight and the closer the more they cost.
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