Getting Around Toronto

Tips on ways to navigate the Greater Toronto Area

By Passenger

There are lots of options for transportation in Canada's largest city, Toronto.

Whether you're arriving in town by car, train, or plane - you'll be able to find suitable travel no matter what you've got planned for your time in the city, or the surrounding communities.

Here are some tips on ways to navigate the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

1) Use the CN Tower to Get Your Bearings

CN Tower Toronto

Whether you're walking, biking, or driving - the CN Tower is your best friend for navigating the City of Toronto. The building is one of the tallest freestanding structures in the world, which means it's easy to spot! The CN Tower is located at Front and John Street so spotting it should help you get your bearings. If it's cloudy or foggy then you might have to go with more traditional methods of navigation: maps, GPS navigation, cellphones, and people that you might come across on the street. Lake Ontario is another good landmark in Toronto because no matter where you are, the lake is always south.

2) Try the Subway

Toronto Subway

The subway is the fastest way to get around Toronto. If you want to make your way around the city with the least amount of trouble then you should find a hotel near one of the city's many subway lines. You can always rent a car (or take your own car) out to see exciting destinations that are outside of the downtown core. Get to know the subway schedule before you head out for the day. On a normal week the subway will run from 6:00AM until 1:30AM except on Sundays. On Sundays, the subway runs from 9:30AM until 1:30AM. If you miss that train then you'll have to cab to or from your destination so keep that in mind. If you're going to be taking the train a lot then you should consider a multiple fare pass; they will save you time and money.

3) Driving in Toronto

Driving in Toronto

Getting around Toronto by car is manageable (in small doses). Like most large cities, gas prices are expensive, traffic is abundant, and there are better options for getting around. Ie. the subway. But if you're visiting from out of town then a vehicle might be what you need to visit other areas in Ontario. For example, you might want to drive down to Niagara Falls for the day - and in these cases you'll want to have a car to do that. If you're visiting from another country then you can drive in Canada for three months without having to get a Canadian driver's licence. Drivers in Ontario must be at least 21 years old to rent a car so keep that in mind when you plan your trip. Renting a car will cost you $150+ per week depending on the vehicle you rent and the company you rent the car from.

4) Streetcars and Buses

Streetcar in Toronto

The streetcars and buses in Toronto tend to run during the same hours as the subway (6:00AM - 1:30AM from Monday to Saturday and 9:30AM - 1:30AM on Sundays). There are also late night buses running along Yonge and Bloor Streets; they run between 1:00AM and 5:30PM. There are three streetcar lines that run 24-hours per day: College Street, King Street, and Queen Street. Streetcars run less frequently at nighttime - usually every 30 minutes.

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