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Getting Around Toronto

Getting around Toronto, Canada’s “megacity,” can sometimes be daunting. Here are some tips on how to get around the city on public (and not-so-public) transportation.

Ride the Red Rocket

The third most-heavily used mass transit system in North America is the most effective means to transportation around the city. The Toronto Transit Commission operates this network of public subways, streetcars and buses.

A single adult fare costs $3; day passes are $10 and can be used for singles, groups and families. Click here for a route map and more information.

Get on the GO Train

If you have to head to the suburbs, the green-and-white GO Train will take you there. GO trains and buses travel east, west, and north of the city. Fares vary, depending on distance.

Getting to and from the Airport

Getting to and from Pearson International Airport can be a challenge, depending on how much you want to pay. Taxis and limousines are pricey, and the Toronto Transit Commission, though inexpensive, can be time-consuming and unwieldy, especially with luggage and multiple stops.

My go-to airport transportation is Toronto Airport Express, which operates scheduled coaches (equipped with free Wi-Fi!) and costs $22 one-way and $36 roundtrip (when purchasing online).  With convenient downtown locations, most at landmark hotels, it’s a simple and easy way to travel.

Bike with Bixi

Get a little exercise and pedal your way around town with a new bike-share program, Bixi Toronto, launching May 3. For as little as $5, pick up and drop off your bike at various stations throughout the city.  Click here for a handy bike map of Toronto.

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Charmaine

Deal Expert, Toronto
Sunday, May 1, 2011
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