You Don’t Need A Car To GO | Save Money With a Youth & Student Fare Discount

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Carving out time for friends, getting to your job or internship, travelling back home to visit family, and going to school. You have a lot going on and a lot of places to be. You might even be weighing the pros and cons of owning a car. Buying or renting a car is expensive enough, but then there’s the cost of insurance, the ever-rising gas prices, and the parking fees – that's if you can even find a spot! Luckily, it’s not the only solution! GO Transit can take you to more places than you realize and we increased the discount for our Youth & Post-Secondary Student fare from 22.5% to 40% off the full adult fare so it’s a great way to save. You don’t need a car to GO!

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Youth & Post-Secondary Student Fare

Making travel affordable for youth and post-secondary students is important to us because we understand the increasing cost of living. That’s why we increased the PRESTO fare discount for youth and post-secondary students to 40% off the full single adult fare. Your discount will apply to both GO Transit and UP Express when you use your PRESTO card. It’s easy to sign up and start travelling for less!

Youth Fare

Anyone aged 13-19 years is eligible for the Youth fare discount, whether or not you attend school. Here’s how to get it:

  • Pick up a reloadable PRESTO card at Shoppers Drug Mart, online, or at GO stations.
  • Show your Canadian school-issued ID or government-issued photo ID to set up the Youth fare on your PRESTO card at Union Station or a customer service outlet.
  • Remember to travel with your school ID or government-issued photo ID and show it for fare inspection. 

Post-Secondary Student Fare

All full-time post-secondary students are eligible for the discounted fare, regardless of age. This is how you set it up:

  • Apply online to get a GO Transit Student ID.
  • Pick up a reloadable PRESTO card at Shoppers Drug Mart, online, or at GO stations.
  • Upon approval of your GO Transit Student ID, an email will be sent to you with a PRESTO student concession fare voucher. Please follow the PRESTO instructions in the email to receive the fare discount on your PRESTO card.
  • Remember to travel with your GO Transit Student ID and show it for fare inspection.

You Don't Need a Car to GO to School

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Being a busy student, your time is valuable. And the last thing you want to do is waste your time being stuck in traffic. When commuting to and from school on GO Transit, you choose how to use your time. Whether that's squeezing in a last-minute study session, a short nap, catching up on your socials, or just relaxing to your favourite playlist or podcast. We have a whole fleet of buses and train routes that offer easy and convenient travel to school. Save 40% off the full adult fare when you use your Post-Secondary Student fare discount with PRESTO - you don't need to be an Econ major to save on your next ride. Get the details on how to sign up here.

Take GO to your school:

We have school service coverage across the GTHA, which includes McMaster University, University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, Centennial College – Progress Campus, University of Toronto – Scarborough Campus, and more. Check out all the schools we serve here.

You Don't Need a Car to GO to the Game

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Watching sports on a screen just doesn’t compare to cheering on your team from the stands. Grab your friends and join your fellow fans at the game! No need to stress about expensive parking or whether to have a drink - you can get there with GO! With your Youth or Post-Secondary Student fare discount, you’ll travel for 40% off the full single adult fare when using PRESTO, making it more affordable to see all the sporting events! Get the details on how to sign up here.

Here’s how to get to the games:

Rogers Centre

  • Travel by GO bus or train to Union Station.
  • Head to the upper level of the station and follow the SkyWalk to the Rogers Centre.

BMO Field

  • Take the Lakeshore West line to Exhibition GO Station, and then take a quick 2 minute walk south on Nova Scotia Ave.

Tim Horton’s Field

  • Take the Lakeshore West line to West Harbour GO Station, then connect to the HSR for a 20 minute bus ride.

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You Don't Need a Car to GO to the Show

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Have you been missing live music? Now is the time to see all your favourite bands, and GO is your ticket for easy travel to every venue. Forget about fighting traffic, hunting for rentals, and finding parking - your Youth or Post-Secondary Student fare discount is 40% off the full adult fare and makes taking GO the easy and affordable choice. Get the details on how to sign up here.

You can enjoy a few drinks, knowing you have a safe ride home. GO service extends past 11 p.m. on many train lines, and bus service is available even later!

Take GO to the shows:

Scotiabank Arena

  • Travel by GO bus or train to Union Station.
  • Follow the signs inside the station to head right into Scotiabank Arena without setting foot outside!

Roy Thomson Hall

  • Travel by GO bus or train to Union Station.
  • Exit the station and walk north west up University Ave. Turn left on Wellington St. W, and then right on Simcoe St. It will take you approximately 7 minutes.

Budweiser Stage

  • Take the Lakeshore West line to Exhibition GO Station, and it’s an 11 minute walk south on Nova Scotia Ave.
  • Use the pedestrian bridge to cross over Lakeshore Blvd and into the Budweiser Stage grounds.

FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton

  • Take the Lakeshore West line to Hamilton GO Centre or GO Bus Route 16 from Union Station Bus Terminal to Hamilton GO Centre.
  • Connect to the HSR for a 9 minute bus ride, or take a 13 minute walk from the station to the FirstOntario Centre.

Plan your trip today!

You Don’t Need a Car to GO to a Restaurant

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Nothing brings people together like food. With some of the best restaurants right here in the GTHA, there’s no lack of options. The abundance of culinary diversity scattered around the city is what makes going out for food so exciting. Ranging from the most popular restaurants to local neighbourhood gems and even eateries that will remind you of mom’s food from back home. You don’t have to break the bank either! With GO Transit, it’s easy to pop on and off at different stops to uncover even more. So get the group chat out into restaurants that you’ve all been raving about or impress a date with your special spot. Either way, you can make new memories without ever having to drive. That means enjoying a cocktail on a patio without rushing or worrying about parking. With GO services extending past 11 p.m. on many train lines and bus routes, Youth or Post-Secondary Students can take full advantage of a discount of 40% off the full single adult fare when using PRESTO. Get the details on how to sign up here.

Take GO to a restaurant:

King Street West 

  • Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station.Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station.
  • Walk north up University Ave., and turn left onto King St. West or take the subway to St. Patrick TTC Station and the streetcar west across King St.
  • You’re sure to find something that will hit the spot along the stretch of King West, between Spadina Ave. and Bathurst St.

Hamilton’s ‘Restaurant Row’

  • Travel to Hamilton GO Centre on the Lakeshore West line train or on GO Bus Route 16 from the Union Station Bus Terminal.
  • Head to King William St., start strolling, and pick a patio! Packed into the short bit of this street between James St. N and John St. N, you’ll find a variety of delicious options.

Port Credit

  • Take the Lakeshore West line to Port Credit GO Station then walk south down Helene St. North to get to the Lakeshore.
  • Along the Lakeshore, between Hurontario St. and Stavebank Rd., you’ll find no shortage of incredible eats!

Liberty Village

  • Take the Lakeshore West line to Exhibition GO Station.
  • A quick walk north up Atlantic Ave. will put you right at the heart of Liberty Village, with plenty of tasty restaurants for you to choose.

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You Don’t Need a Car to GO Shopping

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Are you looking for an easy way to travel to the best shopping destinations across the Greater Golden Horseshoe? Home to several amazing shopping areas - from high-end designer stores to trendy boutiques and unique one-of-a-kind apparel. But navigating traffic and difficult parking can turn an exciting shopping trip into a stressful ordeal. Forget about driving and take GO Transit instead. Our buses have plenty of overhead bins and under bus storage so you can buy as much as you want. Enjoy a relaxing ride and use your Youth or Post-Secondary Student fare discount to get 40% off the full adult fare, giving you extra cash to spend on shopping! Get the details on how to sign up here.

Let’s GO shopping:

Eaton Centre

  • Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station.
  • Take a 10 minute north up Bay St., then turn right onto Queen St. West. Or, transfer to the TTC and travel to Queen Station.

Yorkdale

  • The Yorkdale GO Bus Terminal is directly connected to the mall and the following GO bus routes will get you right there: Bus Route 19, 27, 27A, 27F, 33, 33A, 33B, 33E, 34, 36, 36B, 66, 66A, 92, 92A, 94

Square One

  • The Square One GO Bus Terminal is located right across the street from the mall. Use any of these GO bus routes to get there: Bus Route 19, 19B, 21, 21A, 21H, 21P, 21W, 25, 25C, 29, 40, 41, 45B, 47, 56, 94

Scarborough Town Centre

  • The Scarborough Centre Bus Terminal is located adjacent to the Scarborough Town Centre, with direct access into the mall. Use one of these GO bus routes to get to the mall: Bus Route 41, 92, 92A, 94, 96B

Queen West

  • Travel by GO train or bus to Union Station.
  • Walk north up University Ave. and then head left on Queen St. West. You’ll find yourself amidst the hippest shops in about 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can take the TTC. 

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You Don’t Need a Car to GO to the Rides

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It’s that time of year again to head on over to one of the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s amazing amusement parks! Have a blast with your friends or cozy up with your date on the carousel. Either way, transportation won’t be a problem when you take GO Transit and you use your Youth or Post-Secondary Student fare discount. You’ll enjoy 40% off the full single adult fare with PRESTO and you won’t need to bother with overcrowded parking lots. Get the details on how to sign up here.

GO can get you to all the fun:

Canada’s Wonderland

  •  Take the Barrie line to Maple GO Station, and then connect to the YRT.

Fantasy Fair

  • Take the Kitchener line to Malton GO Station, and then connect to MiWay.

Plan your trip today!

You Don’t Need a Car to GO Visit Loved Ones

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You’ve got a busy life with school and work, but you also want to squeeze in time to spend with friends and family. Don’t let your lack of car, high gas prices, or endless pile of homework, stop you from visiting your loved ones in person. Take GO Transit and use your travel time for class reading or finishing up that assignment so that when you arrive, you can just focus on the fun with your family and friends. Our Youth and Post-Secondary Student fare discount keeps it affordable with 40% off the full single adult fare when using PRESTO. You can visit family in your hometown for the weekend or take a trip to hang with some good friends - without sacrificing your savings or your study time! Get the details on how to sign up here.

GO see your friends & family:

Our extensive GO Transit network can take you by train or bus all across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, making it easy for you to connect - or reconnect - with all of your loved ones!

Plan your trip today!