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It’s Time to GO Back to School!

Published: Jul 24, 2023

Updated: Aug 18, 2023

It’s that time again - back to school season! Along with double checking your course schedule and buying your books, we know that planning your commute to school is an important part of your back to school plans.

Whether you’re a first year student and commuting to school is all new for you, or a seasoned post-secondary student who’s returning for another semester, you might have some questions about your commute.

Going back to school with GO is a great choice! We can get you to many post-secondary schools across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Also, you can use our Where’s My Bus service to find out when your GO bus will arrive in real time. Best of all, students save 40% off with PRESTO, and GO Wi-Fi Plus gives you FREE data and a FREE content portal so you can relax and be entertained on your ride to and from school.

If you previously used GO Transit for your commute to school, welcome back! We know that you still might need some refreshers about travelling with us - it’s been a while! We’ve got all your school commuter tips and reminders right here.

Read our tips for everything you need to know for an easy and safe first day of school.

Find your College or University GO Route

GO Transit currently provides connections to 18 universities and colleges across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. For students, this helps to take away the worries of finding parking, car upkeep or having to move close to campus.

Wondering if your post-secondary school is accessible by GO Transit? Check out the GO bus routes that serve colleges and universities in the Greater Golden Horseshoe!

Trip Planning

Students save 40% on GO with a PRESTO card

Commuting to school with a PRESTO card is easy and convenient - and the best part is that full-time post-secondary students with a GO Transit Student ID save 40% off  when using a PRESTO card. Be sure to set up your PRESTO card for the student fare to take advantage of this discount. Applications for the 2023/24 School Year is available starting August 30.

The Youth and Post-Secondary Discount is 40%* off the standard fare (single adult ticket) - just under 29% off the PRESTO fare.

Now’s the time to:

Student Discounts with PRESTO Perks

Find out how and where you can use your PRESTO card to save with discounts on events, entertainment, attractions, and brands. Check PRESTO Perks to see what new offers become available! Save on yoga, spin classes, food and more.

Set a Default Trip on your PRESTO Card

Do you regularly travel between the same two GO train stations? Make your school commute even easier by setting a GO train default trip on the PRESTO App!

  • No need to see a Station Ambassador in person at a GO station - you can easily set it yourself in the app.
  • Just tap once at the beginning of your train trip with your PRESTO card. No need to tap off at the end of your trip!
  • But remember - default trips are only for GO train trips, not for GO bus trips.

GO E-Tickets

If you’re only attending classes on campus part-time and don’t have a PRESTO card, you’ll love the convenience of buying GO e-tickets!

It’s important to know that cash is not accepted at our ticket counters or on buses, so it’s best to buy ahead of time with cashless and contactless options (cash is accepted at Ticket Vending Machines - $50 and $100 bills are NOT accepted at the machines at this time).

Valid for 7 Days From Purchase

The validation period for GO Transit e-tickets and passes is seven days. E-tickets and passes not yet activated are valid up to seven (7) days from the purchase date.

Onboard & Station Amenities

Check your course updates online, listen to an Audiobook that’s on your course reading list, or just chill out after a day of study and text your friends on your way home. GO Wi-Fi Plus is now available on our buses and trains so you can watch, listen, comment, and share while you ride with FREE data!

  • Once connected, you will have 200MB of internet access, great for emails, messaging, and social media.
  • FREE and UNLIMITED content? Yes, please! GO Wi-Fi Plus has a content portal that offers you access to TV shows, music, audiobooks, e-books, courses, and podcasts!
  • We’ve also teamed up with Audible.ca to offer you free audiobooks, podcasts, and more - courtesy of the Quiet Zone by Audible. Just scan our Quiet Zone signs onboard our trains to redeem your free audiobook.

Free & Reserved Parking

Free Parking

If you’re driving from home to one of our stations, know that we offer FREE parking to customers on a first-come, first-served basis at most GO stations. We’re committed to making your commute to school as easy and cost effective as possible so that you can save your cash for a coffee to bring to your morning class!

Reserved Parking, Carpooling, or Zipcar

If you don’t have class first thing in the morning and you want to be sure that you have a parking spot when you arrive at the station, reserved parkingcarpooling, or Zipcar might be a good option for you. Zipcars are available at select GO stations - check to see if your station offers it!

Cycling or Local Transit Options

If you’re looking for alternative ways of getting to your GO station, consider local transit options or you could even walk or cycle. Some GO stations offer bike storage or bike share - it’s an easy way to exercise your body while you’re on your way to exercise your mind!

Stay In The Know

On The GO Alert

Stay up to date on new schedules, service improvements, construction, delays, and other important news by signing up to get On the GO Alerts via text message or email.

Find A Station or Stop

Are you travelling to or from a new-to-you GO station or stop for your school commute? Check out the station page to find departure information, train, bus, and station alerts, and information about construction, fares, and amenities. It’s everything you need to know!

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GO Branded Back to School Merch

Check out the latest GO branded gear for school - available online only at The Metrolinx Shop! Head back to school with a stylish reversible bucket hat, take your lunch on the GO with the GO train and bus pattern lunch bag, and stay organized at school with the GO Pencil Case.

Now GO and Learn!

You can count on GO to get you to school safely and comfortably so that you can focus on your studies!