Getting Around

Everything you need to get here and blend in with the locals once you arrive. Find transportation options, maps and guides, money matters, sample itineraries and much more.

Public transit

Explore Toronto on one of North America’s finest transportation systems – the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). With easy-to-navigate subways, buses and streetcars, getting around the city is a snap. When using the TTC a single fare will take you anywhere in the city on a one way trip. You can freely transfer between subways, streetcars and buses, but make sure you obtain a transfer when and where you pay your fare. On buses and streetcars, exact change is required.

GO Transit is Ontario’s inter-regional bus and train service. It links Toronto with outlying areas of the Greater Toronto and beyond. GO Trains and buses depart from Toronto’s Union Station at regular intervals throughout the day.

Driving around town

  • Toronto’s streets follow a basic grid pattern and are easy to navigate.
  • Speed limit signs are posted on each street.
  • The city’s weekday “rush hour” is more than an hour long – count on heavy traffic from 7:00am to 9:00am and again from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

Plenty of Toronto’s major streets have bicycle lanes nearest the curb. Please respect cyclists in the city – they’re environmentally friendly!

Parking

Parking on most downtown streets is limited to specific times of day, and often requires you to purchase and display a ticket from one of the parking machines located along the street. Be sure to check and obey the signs posted along the street to make sure your vehicle doesn’t get ticketed or, worse, towed away.

There are also a variety of public parking lots throughout the city. City-owned lots are indicated by the ‘Green P’ logo – a large ‘P’ in a green circle. Plan in advance using Green P’s parking locator to find the nearest lot.

Hail a taxi

There are a number of different taxi companies in Toronto, including Co-Op Cabs and Diamond Taxicab.

  • Fares are standard, metered and non-negotiable.
  • The driver should start the meter at the beginning of your ride and stop it when you reach your destination.
  • Refuse to ride in a taxi without an operational meter.
  • If your service was acceptable, a 10-15% tip is customary.

The Underground City

PATH (PDF) is downtown Toronto’s underground walkway linking 27 kms (16 miles) of subterranean shopping, services and entertainment. Follow the brightly coloured PATH signs and you’ll reach your downtown destination easily in weatherproof comfort.

Explore Toronto by bike

Experience the city on two wheels. Enjoy the great outdoors and freedom of biking from one neighbourhood to the next. Add Kensington market and Cabbagetown, Yorkville, Chinatown, the Distillery District and more to your tour. Enjoy the convenience of cycling to and from city attractions. Visit our Cycle Toronto page for more info.