Kids Ride Free on the Barrie Line

Happy family on GO train

Fall is the best time for some family fun. There’s so much to see and do along the Barrie line. Heading into Toronto? There’s an abundance of sporting events, museums, art galleries and concerts to attend. If you haven’t already, there’s no better time to discover Barrie, where you can enjoy the waterfront, go on an outdoor adventure and so much more.

Kids 12 and under ride free on the GO Transit Barrie line from now until December 31, 2018.

Know before you GO! Just a few things to keep in mind before you travel:

  • Children do not require a ticket to travel.
  • If a child transfers from a local transit service onto GO, they will not be eligible for the co-fare discount. This doesn’t apply to TTC, as children 12 and under always travel for free.
  • If you plan on bringing a large group of kids, please call us at 1-888-GET-ON-GO (438-6646) in advance so we can help accommodate your group.
  • Eligible Routes: GO Transit Barrie Corridor (All Barrie trains and Bus routes 63, 65, 68, 69 including their variants).
  • Transfers: For trip segments travelled on other corridors and/or bus routes, valid fare payment will be required.

Download a fun colouring sheet for the ride!

Looking for more good reasons to travel to and from Barrie? Check out some fun things you can do with your family.

Barrie’s Waterfront of Fun

Parents jogging with their child in a stroller on a fall day

You can’t beat Barrie’s waterfront for fun. Centennial Beach is a short walk from Allandale GO Station; it has a large kids playground, beach volleyball courts and a walking path. There is so much to do for the whole family; you can bike, hike, have a picnic or eat at nearby restaurants. It's easy for the whole family to GO to Barrie.

Learn more about things to see and do in Barrie.

Arts & Entertainment

People at a music concert

From performances of local, national and international artists and entertainers, to intriguing art exhibits and community events, Toronto is a destination for people from all walks of life. Check out family-fun events at the Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena or Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.


happy friends supporting team on ice rink arena

GO on and cheer for the home team! Toronto’s got some of the best sports teams in the world including the Blue Jays, the Raptors, the Maple Leafs, Toronto FC and so much more. With some venues just steps away from Union Station and Exhibition GO, getting to the games is so easy when you take GO Transit.

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Picture of the ROM

The ROM is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum and it’s one of North America’s top ten cultural institutions. The ROM is home to world-class collections and cultural objects, plus there’s an amazing array of things for your kids to discover. Make sure to check out Family Fundays, which run on select Sundays and features exciting themed experiences and hands-on activities inspired by the ROM’s exhibitions and collections. And when you show your PRESTO card upon admission, you get 20% off with PRESTO Perks.

Visit ROM for complete details about tickets and hours.

CN Tower

CN Tower

A wonder of the modern world, the CN Tower is Canada’s most celebrated architectural triumph offering some of Toronto’s most spectacular views – day or night. With general admission, your whole family has access to a choice of unforgettable thrills and you can dare to walk on air on the world famous Glass Floor. And if your kids are 8 or under you can take them to CN Tower’s KidZone, which features a variety of activities exclusively for children.

To learn more about the CN Tower, click here.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Take your family on an underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. Kids can get up close and personal with several touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, scarlet cleaner shrimp, and stingrays. Union Station is just steps away from the underwater action.

To learn more about Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, click here.

Plan Your Trip

We have all-day GO Train service along the Barrie line, with hourly service between Union and Aurora.

Plus, we opened the new Downsview Park GO Station with connections to the new TTC Line 1 Extension. With more train service and a brand new station, there’s more reasons to GO.

Click here to Plan Your Trip.

Find Your Fare

GO fares are based on the distance you travel. We offer various types of tickets and passes to fit everyone’s travel needs. Seniors, Students, Children and Groups save on fares.

Save even more with PRESTO! It’s reloadable and can be used to pay your fare while travelling within and between transit systems by the simple tap of a card. The system calculates the fare for your trip and deducts it from the balance stored on your card – all in less than a second.

Customers with PRESTO cards can save even more when making trips combining GO and TTC. PRESTO will automatically charge only $1.50 for the TTC portion of their combined fare, or half the price of an adult TTC fare paid with tickets or tokens.

See our fare calculator for details.

We hope to see you more often!