Toronto is a sprawling city with many of its attractions scattered a fair distance apart. Fortunately, the public transportation system operated by the Toronto Transit Commission is a well-integrated and an efficient means of getting around.
The city’s subway, buses, streetcars and light rail system are all connected, making it easy to move between different forms of transportation. Despite its rambling layout, Toronto is not a good city for driving. It has the dubious honor of being named the worst Canadian city to drive in. The traffic is congested, drivers are inconsiderate and parking is a hassle.
The subway is fast, clean and easy to use. There are two major lines and one smaller line which service many of the central city’s main attractions. The LRT (Light Rapid Transit) connects downtown to the Harbor Front, and is included in your subway fare. The metro operates Monday to Saturday from 06:00 to 01:30 and on Sundays from 09:00 to 01:30. For late night travel, the Blue Night Network runs basic surface routes from 01:00 to 05:30.
Toronto’s LRT system provides rail services from downtown Union Station to the Harbor Front area. Traveling between the LRT and the subway network is free and the same ticket system applies.
By Bus and Streetcar
Where the subway doesn’t go, the city’s buses and streetcars do, providing access to virtually every corner of Toronto. The bus stops are linked with all the subway stations and cover major city sections through fares. The service is usually excellent with buses arriving every 10 minutes or so from early morning until late into the night. As with the subway system, bus drivers will only accept exact change, tokens and tickets. Be sure to get a free transfer slip from the driver when you board the bus just in case you need it.