GO Transit fares

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GO Transit is the inter-regional transportation authority of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. It is Canada's oldest regional transit system, first serving passengers in 1967.

Fare Zones[edit]

The service area of GO Transit is divided into a number of fare zones, each of which belonging to a number of fare corridors. Fares on GO Transit are based on the distance between originating and destination fare zones. Tickets between two fare zones are valid for travel between the two fare zones stated on the ticket, as well as between any two fare zones that lie between them on the same fare corridor. Tickets are not generally issued between two fare zones on different corridors, with the following notable exceptions:

  • Due to all-day GO train service and the interlining of the Lakeshore West line and the Lakeshore East line, tickets may be issued for trips starting in a fare zone on one line and ending in a fare zone on the other. Similarly, due to the number of GO bus connections between stations on the Lakeshore West line and the Milton line (including Square One Bus Terminal, but excluding Lisgar GO station), tickets may be issued for trips starting in a fare zone in Mississauga or Milton outside of the Lakeshore West line and fare zones on either of the Lakeshore lines.
  • Tickets are generally issued for trips between a fare zone inside the City of Toronto and a fare zone outside the City of Toronto, even if they lie in different fare corridors; such tickets are valid between the fare zone outside the City of Toronto to any fare zone inside the City of Toronto for which the ticket value is equal or less. (For example, a ticket from Square One Bus Terminal to Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal would also be valid for trips to Kennedy GO Station, as the trips are of equal value, even though all three locations are on different fare corridors.) Note that Milliken GO Station, despite physically located within the City of Toronto, is considered to be in a fare zone outside of the City of Toronto for historical reasons.[citation needed]

As all GO Transit tickets are only valid for continuous trips of no more than two and a half hours, multiple tickets may be needed for longer trips.

List of Fare Zones[edit]

Fare zones shaded in green are located within the City of Toronto.

No. Name Stops Corridor
1 Toronto Coach Terminal No longer used by GO Transit
2 Toronto Union Station
Union Station Bus Terminal
Exhibition GO Station
Bloor GO Station
(all corridors except Highway 407)
3 Etobicoke South Mimico GO Station
Long Branch GO Station
Kipling GO Station
Lakeshore West line
Milton line
Niagara Falls
4 Metro Northwest Weston GO Station
Etobicoke North GO Station
Humber College
Milton line
Kitchener line
Bolton
5 Metro North Oriole GO Station
Old Cummer GO Station
Yorkdale Bus Terminal
York Mills Bus Terminal
Finch Bus Terminal
Sheppard-Yonge subway station
Kitchener line
Beaverton (via Newmarket)
Richmond Hill line
Barrie line
Lakeshore East line
Bolton
6 Scarborough South Danforth GO Station
Scarborough GO Station
Eglinton GO Station
Beaverton (via Whitby)
Lakeshore East line
Peterborough
7 Scarborough Centre Agincourt GO Station
Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal
Beaverton (via Whitby)
Stouffville line
Lakeshore East line
Peterborough
8 Guildwood Guildwood GO Station Beaverton (via Whitby)
Lakeshore East line
Peterborough
9 Rouge Hill Rouge Hill GO Station Beaverton (via Whitby)
Lakeshore East line
Peterborough
11 Port Credit—Cooksville Port Credit GO Station
Dixie GO Station
Cooksville GO Station
Lakeshore West line
Milton line
Niagara Falls
12 Clarkson—Erindale Clarkson GO Station
Erindale GO Station
Lakeshore West line
Milton line
Niagara Falls
13 Oakville Oakville GO Station
Sheridan College
Lakeshore West line
Highway 407
Niagara Falls
14 Bronte Bronte GO Station
Bronte Carpool Lot
Lakeshore West line
Highway 407
Niagara Falls
15 Appleby Appleby GO Station Lakeshore West line
Niagara Falls
16 Burlington Burlington GO Station
Burlington Carpool Lot
Lakeshore West line
Highway 407
Niagara Falls
17 Aldershot Aldershot GO Station Lakeshore West line
18 Hamilton Hamilton GO Centre
McMaster University Bus Terminal
Lakeshore West line
Highway 407
19 York University York University GO Station
York University Bus Loop
Beaverton (via Newmarket)
Barrie line
Highway 407
20 Square One Square One Bus Terminal Milton line
Highway 407
21 Streetsville Streetsville GO Station Milton line
22 Meadowvale Meadowvale GO Station
Meadowvale Town Centre
Meadowvale Business Park
Hurontario at 407 GO Park & Ride
Milton line
Highway 407
23 Lisgar Lisgar GO Station Milton line
24 Milton Milton GO Station
Milton GO Park & Ride
Milton line
26 Cambridge SmartCentres iXpress Station Milton line
27 Kitchener Kitchener railway station
Charles St. Transit Terminal
Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier iXpress Station)
University of Waterloo (UW Davis iXpress Station)
Kitchener line
Milton line
28 Pontypool Clarington North GO Park & Ride Peterborough
29 Millbrook Cavan/Millbrook GO Park & Ride Peterborough
30 Peterborough Peterborough Bus Terminal
Trent University
Peterborough GO Park & Ride
Peterborough
31 Malton Malton GO Station
Toronto Pearson International Airport
Kitchener line
Orangeville
32 Bramalea Bramalea GO Station
Bramalea City Centre Terminal
Trinity Common Bus Terminal
Kitchener line
Orangeville
Highway 407
33 Brampton Brampton GO Station
Brampton Bus Terminal
Shoppers World Terminal
Kitchener line
Orangeville
34 Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant GO Station Kitchener line
35 Georgetown Georgetown GO Station Kitchener line
36 Silvercreek Kitchener line
37 Acton Acton GO Station (future) Kitchener line
38 Rockwood Kitchener line
39 Guelph Guelph Central GO Station
Guelph Bus Terminal
University of Guelph
Aberfoyle GO Park and Ride
Kitchener line
Highway 407
41 Victoria Orangeville
42 Caledon Orangeville
43 Orangeville Orangeville Mall
Orangeville GO Park & Ride
Orangeville
44 East Gwillimbury East Gwillimbury GO Station Beaverton (via Newmarket)
Barrie line
45 Queensville Beaverton (via Newmarket)
46 Keswick Beaverton (via Newmarket)
47 Island Grove Beaverton (via Newmarket)
48 Sutton Beaverton (via Newmarket)
49 Virginia Beaverton (via Newmarket)
51 Brooklin—Myrtle Beaverton (via Whitby)
Highway 407
52 Port Perry Beaverton (via Whitby)
53 Saintfield Beaverton (via Whitby)
54 Sunderland Beaverton (via Whitby)
55 Beaverton Beaverton (via Newmarket)
Beaverton (via Whitby)
56 Kleinburg Bolton
57 Nobleton Bolton
58 Bolton Bolton
60 Langstaff Langstaff GO Station
Richmond Hill Centre Terminal
Beaverton (via Newmarket)
Richmond Hill line
Barrie line
Highway 407
61 Richmond Hill—Maple—Rutherford Rutherford GO Station
Maple GO Station
Richmond Hill GO Station
Wonderland Terminal
Major Mackenzie at Highway 400 Carpool Lot
Beaverton (via Newmarket)
Richmond Hill line
Barrie line
62 Oak Ridges—King King City GO Station Beaverton (via Newmarket)
Barrie line
63 Aurora Aurora GO Station
Aurora Carpool Lot
Beaverton (via Newmarket)
Barrie line
64 Newmarket Newmarket GO Station
Newmarket Bus Terminal
Highway 9 at 400 Carpool Lot
Barrie line
65 Bradford Bradford GO Station Barrie line
66 Deerhurst Barrie line
67 Churchill Barrie line
68 Barrie South—Stroud Barrie South GO Station Barrie line
69 Barrie Allandale Waterfront GO Station (future)
Barrie Bus Terminal
Barrie line
70 Milliken Milliken GO Station Stouffville line
71 Unionville Unionville GO Station Stouffville line
Highway 407
72 Markham—Centennial Centennial GO Station
Markham GO Station
Stouffville line
Highway 407
73 Mount Joy—Wideman Mount Joy GO Station Stouffville line
Highway 407
74 Stouffville—Linconville Stouffville GO Station
Lincolnville GO Station
Stouffville line
75 Goodwood Stouffville line
76 Uxbridge Stouffville line
77 Kennedy Kennedy GO Station Stouffville line
80 Stoney Creek Stoney Creek GO Park & Ride Niagara Falls
81 Grimsby Grimsby GO Park & Ride Niagara Falls
82 Lincoln Niagara Falls
83 St. Catharines St. Catharines railway station Niagara Falls
84 Niagara Falls Niagara Falls railway station Niagara Falls
86 Brougham Highway 407
87 Greenwood Highway 407
88 Durham College Durham College
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Lakeshore East line
Highway 407
89 Malvern Centennial College
University of Toronto Scarborough
Highway 407
90 North Rouge Lakeshore East line
91 Pickering Pickering GO Station Beaverton (via Whitby)
Lakeshore East line
Highway 407
Peterborough
92 Ajax Ajax GO Station
Ajax Bus Terminal
Beaverton (via Whitby)
Lakeshore East line
Peterborough
93 Whitby Whitby GO Station Beaverton (via Whitby)
Lakeshore East line
Peterborough
94 Oshawa Oshawa GO Station
Oshawa Bus Terminal
Lakeshore East line
Peterborough
95 Courtice Lakeshore East line
96 Bowmanville Bowmanville GO Park & Ride Lakeshore East line
97 Newcastle Newcastle Carpool Lot Lakeshore East line
Peterborough

Fare Classes[edit]

GO Transit offers four passenger fare classes: adult, senior, child, and student. Senior fares are available for passengers over the age of 65, while child fares are available for passengers between the ages of 6 and 12. Passengers between the ages of 1 and 5 ride free with an accompanying adult, but each adult may only ride with one child for free in this manner; any unaccompanied child must pay child fares. Passengers under the age of 1 always ride free on GO Transit.

Student fares are only available for those with acceptable student identification:

  • For elementary and secondary school students, school-issued student identification is needed. Note that these do not necessarily need to be identification issued by a school within GO Transit's service area.
  • Full-time students of post-secondary institutions anywhere in Canada (not necessarily within GO Transit's service area) for which student identification is reissued each year may use their school-issued student identification for proof of student fare qualification.
  • Students at Durham College, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Trent University's Oshawa Campus require their school-issued student identification for GO bus travel within Durham Region; due to fare integration with Durham Region Transit and the U-Pass programs at the schools, students in these institutions may ride anywhere within Durham Region for free. Students using GO trains, or to destinations outside Durham region require a bus icon on their school-issued student identification for proof of student fare qualification.
  • Students at Humber College, Niagara University, Sheridan College, and Trent University's Peterborough campus require a sticker to be affixed to their school-issued student identification for proof of student fare qualification.
  • Students at McMaster University holding a Hamilton Street Railway U-Pass require their school-issued student identification for proof of student fare qualification.
  • Students at the University of Waterloo require their school-issued student identification for proof of student fare qualification.
  • All other post-secondary students require the GO Transit student ID. It is valid for full-time students from October of one year to October of the next year, as long as the student retains full-time status. GO Transit student ID application forms may be obtained from the registrar's office of their institutions. These must be processed at GO Transit's offices at Union Station before they may be used as proof of student fare qualification. Students at Seneca College, Ryerson University, York University, and the University of Guelph may also obtain GO Transit student identification online, while students at the University of Toronto's St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough campuses may obtain their GO Transit student identification on campus.

Fare Types[edit]

Up until July 31, 2012, GO Transit offered five types of fares:

  • Single-Ride Tickets are for one single journey between two fare zones. These expire four hours after purchase, and are not refundable.
  • Two-Ride Tickets are for two single journeys between two fare zones. These do not expire, but are not refundable.
  • Day Passes are for unlimited journeys between two fare zones from 3AM one day to 3AM the next. These are not refundable.
  • Ten-Ride Tickets are for 10 single journeys between two fare zones. These do not expire, and unused portions may be refunded 30 days after purchase.
  • Monthly Passes are for unlimited journeys between two fare zones for one calendar month. They are available for purchase 10 days before the month to 14 days into the month, and must be signed by its user for it to be valid. These may be refundable.

GO Transit stopped selling two-ride and ten-ride tickets on June 1, 2012 and stopped accepting two-ride and ten-ride tickets on July 31, 2012, in favour of using Presto Cards exclusively; paper monthly passes will be discontinued effective 1 January 2013;[1] day passes remain available for purchase. Passengers may convert any unused rides on their tickets to equivalent value on a Presto Card before the end of 2012.

There is no distinction between bus and train service, with the exception of the seasonal train service to Niagara Falls: passengers paying single-ride tickets and travelling by train to Niagara Falls are assessed a $3 surcharge on top of existing fares.

Fares between two fare zones for a particular type of ticket and passenger category are based on multiples of the standard (adult single-ride) fare as follows:

Fare multiples for ticket users
Adult Senior/Child Student
Single-Ride 1 0.5 -
Day Pass 2 1 -
Monthly Pass 34 20 28

Fares are rounded to the nearest $0.05 for single-ride fares and day passes and $1.00 for monthly passes, after fare multiples are applied. The minimum adult single-ride fare (for travel on GO Transit within one fare zone) is always $4.50; other fares depend on the fare zones travelled.

Presto Card[edit]

PRESTO card reader at Oshawa station

The Presto Card is also accepted on GO Transit. Passengers using the Presto Card must tap their cards against the reader upon embarking and disembarking the train or bus. Upon embarking, the minimum fare ($4.85) is always deducted from the card, with fare adjustments performed as the passenger disembarks.

Failure to tap the card upon disembarking will cause the maximum fare (which depends on the originating fare zone) deducted, and lock the card from further use; this lock can only be cleared at a GO Transit ticket agency. Passengers regularly travel by GO train may also set a "default trip" between two GO train stations, allowing them to avoid tapping their cards upon disembarking; passengers doing so will have the appropriate fare deducted upon embarking at either endpoint.

Adult and student passengers using the Presto card receive a further fare discount, depending on the number of trips that have been made per month between two fare zones.

Fare multiples for Presto Card users
Adult Student
First 30 trips 0.925 0.85
Trips 31-35 0.925 0.05
Trips 36-40 0.125 0.05
Each trip thereafter Free Free

If there are rides between different sets of fare zones, the discounts after the 30th trip (students) and 35th trip (adults) will be based on the total value of rides taken so far; the fare discounts are structured so that adult and student passengers pay less over the course of a month compared to paying for a paper monthly pass ahead of time; the discrepancy is to encourage passengers to adopt the Presto card over the paper monthly pass. No discounts are offered for child and senior passengers beyond the half price of standard adult tickets. Unlike adult or student fares, fares will continue to be deducted even after 40 rides in a month.

Fare Integration[edit]

GO Transit offers fare integration services with local transit providers, as well as with Via Rail.

Via Rail integration[edit]

Via Rail offers interline tickets with GO Transit, where passengers may travel on GO Transit trains and connect with Via Rail trains at any GO station also offering Via Rail services (Aldershot GO Station, Brampton GO Station, Georgetown GO Station, Guelph Central GO Station, Guildwood GO Station, Kitchener GO Station, Niagara falls railway station, Oakville GO Station, Oshawa GO Station, St. Catharines railway station, and Union Station) or vice-versa on one ticket; the Via Rail ticket acts as a GO transit proof of payment on the GO transit leg. Via Rail interline tickets are not valid for GO buses when trains are not running.

Via Rail also offers the GO-Via Pak, which allows holders of GO Transit monthly passes (between applicable fare zones) to ride to Union Station from any GO Station also served by Via Rail trains (or vice-versa) using Via Rail trains. The GO-Via Pak is priced at the difference between 10 adult single fares and the equivalent 10 adult economy fares on Via Rail. The GO-Via Pak is not offered for the seasonal trains serving St. Catharines railway station and Niagara Falls railway station, or offered for trips originating at Guelph Central GO Station and Kitchener GO Station, due to Via Rail's own existing commuter pass options (note that Via Rail also offers commuter passes to Georgetown and Oshawa GO Stations, though they cannot be combined with GO Transit monthly passes in any event). The GO-Via Pak cannot be used with the Presto Card.

Local transit integration[edit]

Fare integration services may exist between GO Transit and local transit providers, where customers may ride GO buses within local service areas using appropriate local proof-of-payment (tickets and/or passes) at no additional cost. Passengers paying by cash or travelling outside the local service area must pay GO transit fares. Passengers using Presto Card will be assessed GO transit fares, although plans are in place for local fares to be assessed instead of GO transit fares whenever they are lower.

  • Durham Region Transit - All GO bus routes serving Durham Region are integrated with GO transit.
  • York Region Transit - Route 69 is operated by GO Transit on behalf of YRT, and is integrated with GO Transit between Newmarket Bus Terminal and the York/Durham boundary at Pefferlaw, Ontario. Trips crossing Ravenshoe Road (northbound) and Holborn Road (southbound) require a two-zone fare (or three-zone fare, if connecting to YRT routes or Viva Blue which cross the southern zone boundary), as per YRT's fare policy.

GO Transit co-fares[edit]

Local transit systems may offer reduced local fares, known as "co-fares", when making a connection between a local route and a GO train or bus at certain locations. In all cases, passengers must present GO Transit proof-of-payment (a monthly pass or an uncancelled ticket for passengers connecting to GO transit, or a monthly pass or a recently cancelled ticket for passengers connecting from GO Transit) to the local transit operator.

Passengers using the Presto Card will automatically be assessed the co-fare where appropriate, depending on the status of the local transit operator's integration with the Presto Card. If the local transit operator does not currently accept the Presto Card, the co-fare cannot be used with the Presto Card.

Transit Agency Presto Card Co-Fare Co-Fare Monthly Pass Notes
Barrie Transit No Free No Valid to/from Barrie South GO Station or Allandale Waterfront GO Station.
  • Despite Barrie Transit having not adopted the Presto Card on its buses, the co-fare is also accepted for Presto Card holders.
Brampton Transit
(includes Züm)
Yes 65 cents No Valid to/from any GO train station in Brampton (Brampton, Bramalea, Mount Pleasant), Malton GO Station in Mississauga, and Brampton Bus Terminal.
  • Also valid for GO buses connecting to/from Brampton Transit services when using the Presto Card.
  • Co-fares are only accepted for single-ride tickets when connecting from GO Transit to BT services. A full BT fare is required when connecting to GO Transit from BT on a GO Transit single-ride ticket.
Burlington Transit Yes 65 cents $26 Valid to/from any GO train station in Burlington (Aldershot, Appleby, or Burlington). GO Transit co-fares are not currently implemented on the Presto Card for senior or student fares. Co-Fare Monthly Passes is not offered on the Presto Card.
Durham Region Transit Co-Fares only 65 cents $25 Valid to/from any GO Station in Durham Region (Ajax, Oshawa, Pickering, or Whitby) or Rouge Hill GO Station in Toronto. A $6.25 10-ride option is also available for holders of GO Transit 10-ride tickets or monthly passes.
  • Due to fare integration, DRT co-fares are not accepted on GO buses, and may not be used to connect between GO trains and GO buses; GO Transit fares will be assessed.
Grand River Transit
(including iXpress and GRT MobilityPLUS)
No 50 cents No Valid to/from Kitchener GO Station.
Guelph Transit No 65 cents No Valid to/from Guelph Central GO Station and University of Guelph.
Milton Transit No 55 cents $22 Valid to/from Milton GO Station.
MiWay Yes 75 cents $26 Valid to/from any GO train Station in Mississauga (Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Lisgar, Malton, Meadowvale, Port Credit, and Streetsville), or Long Branch GO Station in Toronto.
  • Also valid for GO buses connecting to/from MiWay services when using the Presto Card.
  • If not using the Presto Card, co-fares are only accepted when travelling to/from GO stations in the fare zones as stated on the GO Transit ticket or pass, and only for connecting to/from inbound GO Trains (i.e. towards Union Station). Specifically, as Malton GO Station is on a different fare corridor than the other GO stations (which effectively share the same corridor), MiWay does not accept a GO Transit ticket originating at Malton GO Station for co-fare travel to any other GO Station and vice-versa.
Oakville Transit Yes 70 cents No Valid to/from any GO train station in Oakville (Bronte and Oakville), as well as Clarkson GO Station in Mississauga.
Region of Peel TransHelp No 50 cents No Valid to/from Brampton GO Station.
York Region Transit
(includes Viva and Toronto Transit Commission routes serving York Region)
Yes 75 cents $30 Valid to/from any GO train station in York Region (Aurora, Centennial, East Gwillimbury, King City, Langstaff GO Station, Lincolnville, Maple, Markham, Mount Joy, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Rutherford, Stouffville, and Unionville), Milliken and York University GO Stations in Toronto, or Richmond Hill Centre Terminal.
  • Co-fares are only accepted for single-ride tickets when connecting from GO Transit to YRT services. A full YRT fare is required when connecting to GO Transit from YRT on a GO Transit single-ride ticket.
  • Enterprise Vivastation is considered part of Unionville GO Station for the purposes of transferring between GO Transit services and Viva Purple and Viva Green.
  • As the TTC does not currently implement the Presto Card on its buses, the Presto Card cannot be used with co-fares when connecting with TTC routes 102D Markham Road North (serving Mount Joy GO Station), 107B Dufferin North (serving Rutherford GO Station), 107D Keele North (serving Maple GO station), or 129A McCowan North (serving Centennial GO Station).
  • Though TTC Route 53B/53E Steeles East enters York Region and serves Milliken GO Station, it is not a route operated by the TTC on behalf of YRT; thus YRT fares, including co-fares, are not offered for that route. There are currently no TTC routes that serve both York Region and either of the GO Stations in Toronto where the YRT co-fare is offered.
  • The TTC Times Two program is not valid when connecting to a TTC bus in York Region, even if connecting to a destination in Toronto.
  • Co-Fare monthly passes are issued by the local transit agency, and allows for unlimited co-fare rides in a calendar month. Passengers not connecting to GO Transit services must pay the full local transit fare. Most co-fare monthly passes are only offered for holders of GO Transit monthly passes; some agencies may also offer this for holders of GO Transit 10-ride tickets. Currently, no local transit agency offers co-fare passes for Presto card holders, and co-fares are not counted towards any local transit agency's loyalty programs.

Other local transit integration[edit]

Other fare options are offered between GO Transit and local operators:

  • Hamilton Street Railway - Holders of a GO Transit monthly pass may upgrade their GO Transit monthly pass at the time of purchase so that it doubles as a HSR monthly pass for $15. Passengers using the Presto Card but without a HSR monthly pass loaded onto the card are entitled to a $1.50 discount when connecting to GO Transit from HSR and a $0.50 discount connecting to HSR from GO Transit.
  • Toronto Transit Commission - The TTC offers a program called "TTC Times Two", where TTC users may board a second TTC bus using a transfer from the first TTC leg if there is a GO Transit trip in between. Note that GO Transit proof of payment is not needed for this program. In addition, passengers connecting to TTC Route 38 (servicing University of Toronto's Scarborough campus) from Rouge Hill GO Station may travel for free with GO Transit proof of payment.
    • TTC Times Two is not offered for GO/TTC connections outside the City of Toronto, due to the fact that TTC operates routes on behalf of local transit agencies (MiWay and York Region Transit) when operating outside the City of Toronto.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kalinowski, Tess (15 October 2012). "GO Transit cancels monthly pass". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2012-10-15. 

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