Information for visitors and tourists on public transit in Toronto
The Toronto Transit system consists of multiple modes of transportation. The heart of the system is the Toronto Subway and RT consisting of three subway lines and one elevated light rail line. Streetcars, which operate on 11 routes, are another major form of transportation in the downtown area. An extensive bus network connects these major modes of transit with the suburbs and outlying areas. The above are all operated by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC).
Individual fares only allow for a single trip in one direction (no round trips). For this reason I recommend tourists and visitors purchase with a day pass or a weekly pass which provide unlimited travel on all TTC routes within the city of Toronto except Downtown Express routes. The day pass, which is $10.50, can provide travel for your entire family (One Adult with up to five age 19 or under, or Two Adults with up to four age 19 and under) on weekends and statutory holidays. This is a fantastic bargain for any family travelling in Toronto during the weekend. Weekly passes are $38.50 each and are valid from Monday thru Sunday. For more information on fares click on the link below.
Besides the Toronto Transit Commission, Toronto is also served by Go Transit, a separate system of commuter passenger trains and connecting buses that operate from within Toronto, but extend well beyond into the outlying regions. Go Transit is a division of Metrolinx which is a crown agency of the Province of Ontario. Some of the neighbouring cities adjoining Toronto also operate their own bus systems, however these are not fully integrated with the Toronto Transit System and require separate fares or add fares. You can however, get to most of Toronto's popular attractions using the TTC system. For more details about each aspect of the Transit system just click on the corresponding links above.