Diehard Orioles fans making last-minute travel plans to Toronto for Tuesday’s one-game wild card playoff are facing a harsh reality: Booking an international flight on one day’s notice ain’t cheap.
Air Canada offers nonstop service between BWI Airport and Toronto Pearson International. The airline lists four one-hour-and-19-minute flights leaving Tuesday. As of Monday morning, only one seat remained on one flight returning to BWI on Wednesday. All told, the two-day round trip would cost north of $1,500 for one person, not counting a hotel, meals and a ticket to the game.
United, Delta and American airlines all offer connecting flights for a bit less, but none had a round trip under $900.
Jet Blue and Porter Airlines offer a connecting flight through Boston that costs $898 round trip.
A cheaper option? Fly to Buffalo-Niagara International in New York, then take a bus across the border. Southwest Airlines lists six direct flights to Buffalo leaving Tuesday and returning Wednesday for a round-trip cost of $538. American, United, Delta and JetBlue have connecting flights in the $550-$800 range.
Once you’re in Buffalo, a round-trip bus ticket to Toronto costs about $30-$50.
The downside to that strategy: You’re looking at about eight hours of traveling.
Driving the more than 450 miles to Toronto from Baltimore takes about eight hours, according to Google Maps.
At the border, all U.S. citizens entering Canada are required to show proof of citizenship and proof of identity, such as a U.S. passport, passport card or NEXUS card, according to the State Department. Children under 16 are required only to present proof of U.S. citizenship.
Upon their return, U.S. citizens are required to present a passport to re-enter the country.
Ballpark tickets at Rogers Centre are playoff-priced, too. Upper-level seats for Tuesday’s game were listed on StubHub between $81 and $125.
For fans feeling particularly bullish on the Birds, Southwest has a handful of nonstop tickets to Dallas-Fort Worth on Thursday, including one for its cheapest “Wanna Get Away” price of $74. But be warned, that one’s non-refundable.