Toronto is is both a small city (when you compare it to the likes of Los Angeles or New York) and also a very, very large city. With so much to do and so little places to park, it’s no surprise that a lot of downtowners don’t actually own a car. It’s expensive, traffic is brutal, and trust me on the parking. If you’re a student, you might be commuting to campus or going somewhere nearby, so knowing your options for getting around the city is a must!
Here are seven methods of transportation you should use to get around TO.
Yes, nothing fancy about this one but you’ll sometimes find that walking might actually be the most efficient way to get from place to place when you’re in the heart of the city. Also, the more you walk around and explore that more you’ll learn about shortcuts to take and busy streets to avoid. Plus, Toronto has the PATH – downtown’s underground walkway linking 30 kilometres of shopping, services and entertainment. So, if you don’t want to brave the cold weather or you need to escape from the summer heat, the PATH is where to go!
Ah yes, the TTC, a necessary evil. The Toronto Transit Commission includes subways, buses, streetcars, and WheelTrans services (which doesn’t cost more than your typical fare, you just need to call ahead!) Adult fare is $3.25, or $3.00 with a Presto card. I highly recommend getting the Presto card not only because it’s cheaper, but you also don’t need to carry change. You can also set up the auto-reload feature so that you always have money for the TTC! Don’t forget you can also transfer between all TTC transportation, so it’s not uncommon for people to ride the subway for a few stops and then jump onto a streetcar! (TTC TIP: Download the Rocket Man app! It tells you to the second when a streetcar/bus is arriving!)
Uber can be a huge life saver. You create an account through the app, connect your credit card, and then you can use it to order rides anytime you need! It’s very safe since all the details are recorded plus you can see exactly who your driver is. It also tells you your fare before you actually order the ride. You can also split the fare through the app with friends!
The good old fashioned taxi is still alive and well in the city! Toronto taxis come in different colours so don’t just look for the yellow cars. If you’re having trouble finding a taxi just walk over to a more busy area and you’ll be bound to find one.
This is a great option if you love biking but don’t want to deal with locking your bike downtown or storing it in your apartment. All over the city you can find bike docks with special Bike Share bikes you can unlock, ride anywhere in the city, and then return to any dock! They have a $7 day pass or a $90 annual pass. HOWEVER. DON’T BE FOOLED! Once you take the bike out of the dock, you MUST return it within 30 minutes or you will be charged a fee! These bikes are meant for commuting, not leisure!
If you want to visit the Toronto Islands, you can do that by visiting the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and hopping onto one of the Toronto Island ferries! The fare is $7.71 and yes, this includes a return trip!
If you need to get somewhere in the Greater Toronto Area you should check out the GO Train and Go Bus. Departing from Union station, GO Transit has lots of different routes, and it’s extremely popular with commuters! Plus, it accepts the Presto card for payment, so you don’t need to carry around cash or tickets.