How to Choose the Right TTC Fare Type for You in 2023

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Written by Laura Strachan, Volunteer Writer

Bus, streetcar, subway, LRTThere are so many options, and new developments coming soon, to Toronto’s transit system. But which one is best for your commute and how do you navigate the fare system?


We broke down your fare options on the TTC so you can get around efficiently and economically. If you would like more information on PRESTO and the workplace, consider joining the Smart Commute program, which offers workshops to educate your staff on PRESTO, transit and other sustainable commuting modes. 

Riding the TTC

If you are riding within the city limits of Toronto and using strictly TTC services (buses, streetcars, subways and the Scarborough LRT) you have the fare options of purchasing a one-ride or multi-ride pass, tapping in with a PRESTO card, or using cash (bills and coins accepted) 


Please note: You can no longer purchase TTC tickets, tokens, or family day passes at subway stations. However, if you still possess some, you are welcome to use them. Refunds will not be provided as of April 2023, but no date has been set for when TTC will stop accepting these payment options.  


  • A regular adult fare on the TTC is $3.35, but a one-ride fare on PRESTO costs $3.30. You can also save with a day pass PRESTO ticket that costs $13.50. 
  • All one-ride tickets also have the benefit of a two-hour transfer window
  • Depending on how frequently you travel you can purchase a Monthly TTC Pass ($156/month, unlimited travel) or a 12 Month TTC Pass ($143/month, unlimited travel). 
  • Seniors 65+ and Youths aged 13-19 also have reduced fares. 

I travel to and from work every day by TTC, five days a week. I drive all other times.

Your best option is a preloaded PRESTO card. At $6.70/day you are still paying less than a monthly pass. And you don’t have to fuss with cash or your credit card. 

I use TTC to commute to work and get around on weekends.

A Monthly TTC pass is for you. Better yet, save $156/year and commit to a 12-Month Pass (paid in monthly increments). 

We are a family of five with three kids under 12. We use TTC occasionally to get downtown or to special events.

Kids 12 and under ride for free on both TTC and GO Transit. The adults in the family could pay a cash fare or purchase a PRESTO card which they can re-fill as needed.

My teenager takes the TTC to school.

Youth, as well as seniors can ride at a reduced rate. If your teen also uses the TTC on weekends, consider a Monthly Pass to save money. A Monthly Pass is worth 27 return trips but gets you unlimited travel!

I live near a GO station and work in the core. Should I GO or TTC?

Depends if you want to be fast or economical, or prefer less hassle.

For example: a direct trip from Main St. & Danforth Ave. to Union Station on the GO train costs $4.40 cash (or $3.70 with PRESTO) and takes about 14 minutes. A trip from Main St. & Danforth Ave. on the subway costs $3.35 cash (or $3.30 with PRESTO) but takes about 36 minutes. This trip also includes a stopover and subway line change.

I am a tourist.

A $13.50 PRESTO Day Pass is a great option for travelers and
gets you unlimited one-day travel.

There are many options available for all kinds of riders. If you
do the math, you will find an affordable option that best suits your commuting



Learn more about TTC fare options and PRESTO on the TTC.


Photo by Enoch Leung

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