There’s never been a better time to take advantage of local travel to discover local hidden gems, hiking and waterfront trails. We’ve also added more weekend service to some of your favourite destinations too. We hope you enjoy a summer of safe and fun adventures and with that in mind, we’re sharing our top 10 rider tips before your trip with us.
Top 10 things to know before you ride with us:
1. Weekend Passes for More Weekend Fun!
Embrace those good weekend vibes with our NEW $10 single-day weekend pass or $15 weekend pass. Our $10 single-day pass grants you unlimited travel all-day long on Saturday, Sunday or a statutory holiday, and is valid for every GO train station and bus route. The $15 weekend pass valid for unlimited travel ALL weekend (Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays too).
GO Weekend Passes are exclusively available as a GO e-ticket option. Take advantage of one-day unlimited travel with a one-day pass, or GO all weekend long with our unlimited weekend pass!
Best of all, kids 12 and under always ride GO transit for FREE.
Check out our Promotions & Events page to find other great deals and more!
2. All the Places You Can GO!
Niagara Falls Weekend Service
GO Train service to Niagara Falls is back! Planning a day trip or mini holiday has never been easier. You can now take the GO Train from Union Station to Niagara Falls on weekends and holidays.
Ready to GO? Buy your GO and WEGO Combo Tickets online from $25 per person, or $62.50 per group!
Your combo ticket includes both GO train fare and access to WEGO - a hop-on, hop-off bus service that travels throughout the city to Niagara Parks sites, hotels and other amazing attractions!
Barrie Weekend GO Train Service
We’re pleased to announce that GO Transit has resumed weekend service on the Barrie line from Allandale Waterfront GO and Union Station.
Don’t delay, plan your weekend getaway with family and friends today!
Toronto Zoo Pilot
Get ready for more weekend and holiday fun! As a pilot, from July 10 through to Labour Day Monday, our weekend and holiday schedule for GO Bus Route 96 has been converted to temporary Route 96Z, with a new stop at the Toronto Zoo.
Route 96Z will now serve Oshawa GO, Whitby GO, Ajax GO, the new stop at the Toronto Zoo, Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal and Finch Bus Terminal.
With a total of 7 trips offered each way on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, you can choose a schedule that works best for you.
Best Day Trips in Ontario – Hidden Gems
Whether you’re looking to escape the bustle of the city, or to fully immerse yourself in nature, we have some amazing options for you.
Step back from your computer screen, stretch out your legs and step out into the world! The GTHA (Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area) is home to dozens of gorgeous hiking and walking trails waiting to be discovered. To get you started, we’ve pick 6 of the best hiking trails that are easily accessible by GO trains or buses.
Take advantage of the unique beauty of our Great Lakes, rivers and streams in and around the GTHA and explore some of Ontario’s beautiful waterfront walking trails. Here are the top 5 spots where you can soak up the stunning sights and tranquil surroundings that are easily accessible by GO Transit.
3. We’ve Gone Self-Serve and Cashless
Trip planning has never been easier! Plan your trip and buy GO e-tickets online or load your PRESTO card instantly on the PRESTO App ahead of time. You can do it all from the comfort of your home before you get to your station.
Our train and bus schedules continue to change to serve you better. Avoid any last minute surprises and check our latest schedules and plan your trip ahead of time with our easy-to-use scheduling option.
Making trip connections with another transit agency? Remember to check the schedules with your local transit provider and plan your trip from start to finish on Triplinx.
PRESTO – It's Contactless
PRESTO is our pre-paid card system that allows you to pay for your trips instantly. Just tap your PRESTO card on a fare payment device, and your fare is instantly calculated and deducted from your account.
Set up Autoload and you’ll never have to stress about your card balance again. The Autoload feature reloads your PRESTO card automatically when your balance drops below the dollar amount that you set as your minimum card balance.
Don’t have a PRESTO card? You’ve got options!
To make sure you have a card before you get to the GO station, you can buy one at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations or online at prestocard.ca. You can also buy one from a Ticket Vending Machine at select GO stations.
4. Love a great deal? Save More with PRESTO.
PRESTO Discounts: You’ll save 15% or more with PRESTO. Each time you travel on GO, your fare is deducted from your PRESTO card and you receive automatic fare discounts of 15% or more based on the number of trips you take within the calendar month.
Click here to calculate your GO Transit fare in advance of your trip.
5. New Bay Concourse at Union Station
Your journey to downtown Toronto just got better! The modernized Bay Concourse is now open and you can enjoy modern amenities and enhanced connections. There's more space on platforms and at concourse level for a safer and more comfortable, experience, better access to the PATH and TTC, future retail options, and more!
6. Travel Well & Travel Safely
- Seat dividers have been added on all trains & buses for extra protection so you can ‘sit anywhere’ safely.
- Hand sanitizing dispensers are available at every station, on all trains and 400+ buses.
- For your part, please travel safely. Wear a face covering (even if you’re vaccinated) in stations, on platforms, and on vehicles to protect yourself and others. Be sure to avoid public transit if you’re feeling unwell.
Forgot your face covering? We’ve got you covered. You can buy face coverings online at The Metrolinx Shop or from vending machines in the Skywalk at Union Station and 8 other select GO stations. A few of the vending machines also sell disposable gloves, hand sanitizer and more.
Looking to zap away unwanted surface germs? We’ve teamed up with CleanSlate UV to bring you FREE sanitizing devices now available at Union Station and 17 other select GO stations. The new UV machines are powered by UV light that can kill up to 99.9 percent of germs in just 20 seconds. Take advantage of this complimentary service to disinfect your personal handheld items (phone, keys, PRESTO card and more).
Our trains are shorter than what you might be used to so you may need to adjust where you're standing on the platform. Look down the platform as your train approaches and use all available doors when boarding.
7. In Case of Emergency
You can call GO Transit Safety Dispatch immediately 1-877-297-0642 (save this number!) if you are witness to or involved in any unsafe, illegal or harmful incidents while on our property. For life threatening injuries or crimes in progress, press the yellow emergency strip or call 911.
8. And Now, Time to Relax & Unwind
Who said commuting can’t be fun? While on board GO Transit, take advantage of GO Wi-Fi Plus, our FREE Wi-Fi and entertainment portal available exclusively to our riders, with over 900 content choices including popular TV shows, great music, podcasts, audiobooks, and online courses.
9. New Bus Terminal Alert!
Did you know there’s a new Union Station Bus Terminal? It’s located at 81 Bay Street at the north-east corner of Bay Street and Lakeshore Boulevard in Toronto.
Check the Union Station GO bus departure board for the most up-to-date information on bus schedules. You can check the Union Station GO bus departure board online or on one of the digital display screens in the new bus terminal.
These amazing new amenities include: more indoor, climate-controlled waiting space; indoor pedestrian bridge over Bay Street connecting the terminal directly to Scotiabank Arena, as well as the PATH and Union Station; charging ports and Wi-Fi; customer drop off/pick up area located on P1.
10. Be in the Know
Are you always the last person to know? Sign up to get On the GO Alerts via text message or email, for updates on new schedules, service improvements, construction, delays and other important news.
Looking for the latest information about your GO station or stop? Check out our Find a Station or Stop page for relevant information specific to your GO station or stop. Here you’ll find departure information, train, bus and station alerts, and information about construction, fares and amenities.