Newcomers in a transit station

Get started with GO Transit

Newcomers in a transit station

Get started with GO Transit

Welcome, Newcomers

GO trains and buses will quickly get you where you need to go as you settle in to your new home, whether you’re going to see friends and family, for a job, for an event, or to explore all the wonderful things to do in the area.

We’ll help you get started on GO in 3 easy steps:

Find a Station or Stop

How to find your closest GO train station or GO bus stop


Where GO Transit can take you

Ways to Pay

How to save money with a PRESTO card, discounts, passes, and more

Find your GO train station or GO bus stop

Here are easy step-by-step instructions to help you find the closest GO train or GO bus.

Step 1

Type in your location (example: main streets closest to you)

Step 2

Allow to “Know your location"

Step 3

Click "Update"

Step 4

Zoom out of the map. Look for circles until you find your GO Station

Step 5

Click “Go to Station page”

Step 6

This page will show you when the next trains or buses will be leaving

This will help you plan your trips on GO Transit.

If you are not close to a GO Station, you can see your closest GO bus stop.

Where can GO Transit take you?

From the world-famous Niagara Falls to family fun around the city of Toronto, GO Transit will get you there quickly and easily! And remember, children 12 years old and under always ride GO for free! Get details here.

See Niagara Falls with the whole family

Take a GO train for a ride to Niagara Falls - one of the most amazing destinations in Canada!

GO has special discounts with Niagara local buses, so it’s easy to visit other fun and interesting sights and attractions while you’re there.

Go to Niagara Weekend GO Service.

Niagara Falls

Explore Toronto with GO!

Spend time in the city of Toronto and visit lots of attractions! From museums, the zoo, sporting events and more, there’s something for everyone!

Toronto skyline

Plan your trip here and have fun.

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Pay your fare with a PRESTO card

Whether you’re going to work, visiting friends and family, or exploring your new area, the easiest way to pay your fare is with a PRESTO card.

You can use the PRESTO card on GO trains and buses, as well as 11 other transit agencies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and Ottawa.

PRESTO offers a discounted fare the more times you travel in a month.

Kids 12 and under always ride GO for free!

To find out how to buy a PRESTO card and manage your account, go to

How to add money to a PRESTO card

1. Add money on your PRESTO card when you buy it in person

2. Use the PRESTO App on your mobile phone

3. At

4. At PRESTO self-serve machines in GO stations

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Discounts with PRESTO

Seniors and students (including post-secondary students) can save money when they buy their PRESTO card in person.

To get more information about discounts, adding money on your card, and other uses, visit Paying with PRESTO

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Discounts for Newcomers

To help you explore the region and experience everything GO Transit has to offer, we are providing a limited-time discount to immigrants who are new to Ontario. Our welcome package includes the following:

• A FREE PRESTO card loaded with a 50% discount on GO Transit valid from July 1, 2023 - September 30, 2023

• A complimentary weekend pass (value $15)

• A “Meeter & Greeter” discounted return trip with UP Express

• Information on savings through our PRESTO Perks program for dining, entertainment and attractions

• GO Transit system map, trip planning tips, and easy “How to” instructions for riding with GO Transit

Eligibility: Adults between the age of 20–64 who are new to Ontario within the last 4 years

Note: Children under 12 ride FREE and do NOT require a PRESTO card, and Youth and Seniors automatically receive discounted fares.

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Welcome packages can be picked-up in person at the following Settlement Agencies:

  • Toronto District School Board - Newcomer Services Malvern: 31 Tapscott Road, Scarborough, M1B 4Y7
  • Employment Source Toronto North: 1280 Finch Avenue West, Suite 607, North York, ON M3J 3K6
  • Catholic Crosscultural Services: 3227 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 135, Scarborough, ON M1J 3M5
  • Community Family Services of Ontario: 4051 Gordon Baker Road, Unit A, Scarborough, ON M1W 2P3
  • COSTI Immigrant Services: 1700 Wilson Avenue, Suite 206, Toronto, ON M3L 1B2
  • Indus Community Services: 3038 Hurontario Street, Suite 206, Mississauga, ON L5B 3B9
  • Newcomer Centre of Peel: 6547 Alderwood Trail, Mississauga, ON L5N 6W5
  • Agincourt Community Services Association (ACSA): 1911 Kennedy Rd., Unit 105, Scarborough, ON M1P 2L9
  • Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) - Markham: 7220 Kennedy Road, Unit 8, Markham, ON L3R 0N4
  • Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) - Markham: 5284 Hwy 7, Markham, ON L3P 1B9
  • Centre for Immigrant and Community Services (CICS) - Newmarket: 130 Mulock Drive, Unit 2, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7C5
  • Toronto Public Library - Centre for Immigrant & Community Services (CICS): Bridlewood - 157A-2900 Warden Ave, Toronto, ON M1W 2S8
  • Toronto Public Library - Centre for Immigrant & Community Services (CICS): Fairview - 35 Fairview Mall Drive, Toronto, On M2J 4S4
  • Toronto Public Library - CultureLink Settlement & Community Services: Eatonville - 430 Burnhamthorpe Road, Toronto, ON M9B 2B1
  • Toronto Public Library - CultureLink Settlement & Community Services: Lillian H. Smith - 239 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1R5
  • Toronto Public Library - CultureLink Settlement & Community Services: Mimico Centennial - 47 Station Road, Toronto, ON M8V 2R1
  • YMCA Newcomer Information Centre Toronto Reference Library: 789 Yonge St. Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
  • YMCA Newcomer Information Centre (Downtown Toronto): 365 Bloor St. E, 18th Floor, Toronto, ON M4W 3L4
  • YMCA Newcomer Information Centre (North York West): 4580 Dufferin St., 2nd Floor, North York, ON M3H 5Y2
  • YMCA Newcomer Information Centre (Scarborough): 10 Milner Business Crt., Suite 600, Scarborough, ON M1B 3C6
  • YMCA Newcomer Information Centre (Etobicoke): 1530 Albion Road #83, Etobicoke, ON M9V 1B4
  • YMCA Newcomer Information Centre (North York East): 110-251 Consumers Road, North York, ON M2J 1R3
  • YMCA Newcomer Information Centre Centennial Library: 578 Finch Ave. West, North York, ON M2R 1N7
  • Brampton Multicultural Community Centre: 150 Central Park Drive, Suite 107, Brampton, ON L6T 2T9

How to use your PRESTO card on GO Transit

1. For GO trains, TAP ON with your PRESTO card on a PRESTO machine at the station before you ride, and then TAP OFF after you get off the train at your destination.

2. For GO buses, TAP ON with your card as you get on the bus, and then TAP OFF when you get off the bus at your destination.

Go to for more details.

To see how PRESTO is used on other transit agencies, go to their website for more details.

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Free connections between GO and many other transit agencies

GO Transit easily links to different bus and train companies in different areas. Visit for more details.

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PRESTO Perks offer more fun and discounts for everyone

Save up to 50% on attractions and events with the PRESTO Perks program by showing your PRESTO card.

Get more details at

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How to use your Weekend Pass discount code

Save money and travel as much as you like on the weekends with a GO Weekend Pass.

Follow this easy step-by-step guide when you buy a $10 one-day pass or a $15 two-day pass:

1. Go to

2. Click “Buy Now”

3. Click “Passes”

4. Enter your GO station (if you don’t know your closest GO station, click here)

5. Enter the GO station closest to where you want to go (If you change plans during the weekend, it’s ok, you don’t need to make any changes to this pass)

6. Add how many weekend passes you want

7. Click “Continue”

8. Fill out the information under “Traveller Information”

a. Your pass will be emailed to this email address as an e-ticket (electronic ticket on your mobile phone)

b. Please make sure you can access this email when travelling for proof of payment while on GO Transit

9. If you received a promo code from the Newcomer Brochure, enter the code under “Payment Information,” then click “Apply Promo Code”

10. Click “Buy”

11. Your e-ticket will be emailed to you with instructions on how to use it.

* Please note that e-tickets cannot be printed, and you must have a mobile phone/smartphone with data to activate and use it.

Remember, children under 12 years old always ride for free! Click here for details.

Helpful words and phrases when travelling on GO

Line (train line): The route your GO train runs from beginning to end of the line.

Stop (bus stop): The place on the route where your GO bus will stop to pick up passengers.

Transit: Local public transportation.

Discount: A specific amount of money taken off the price of an item or service.

Fare: The price of travelling on a train or bus

Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA): The region in Ontario that includes the city of Toronto, the city of Hamilton, and many other areas attached to these cities.