GO Transit Fare Changes

A passenger in a station walks past a ticketing machine and 2 Presto card machines.

On April 10, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved a fare change to take effect April 20, 2019. 

GO fares for short-distance trips will be reduced to $3.70 when using PRESTO to make GO an even better option for travelling within and around your community.  

  • Trips up to 10 kilometres will cost $3.70 with your PRESTO card instead of the current lowest PRESTO fare of $4.71. The cost of single-fare paper tickets will be lowered to $4.40 versus the current lowest ticket fare of $5.30.
  • This change will make the cost of GO for a short trip more in line with other local transit options, giving you another way for you to easily and quickly get across town for trips to the mall, family visits, or a night out.

There will also be a modest increase on fares for longer-distance GO trips to maintain and improve your services as we continue to expand. 

  • PRESTO fares for trips greater than approximately 10 kilometres will be increased by up to approximately 4%. For example, a PRESTO journey from Union to Barrie South GO Station will increase from $12.40 to $12.82.
  • The price of a single-fare paper ticket for trips greater than approximately 10 kilometres will increase by up to 10%.
  • Since the last fare increase in September 2017, we’ve grown services by 25 per cent, and we’re working hard to bring you even more—and better—services in the future.
  • This increase will help cover the costs of providing quality service to our customers, which rise each year with inflation.

Use PRESTO to pay the lowest possible fare.

  • The PRESTO discount on GO will increase to 16% from the current 11% compared to the single-fare paper ticket price
  • With PRESTO, you get automatic discounts when transferring between GO and local transit agencies, including the TTC.
  • You can present your PRESTO card at various PRESTO Perks partner locations, including local attractions and events, to receive a special offer


Sample fares

Here are some comparisons of how the fare changes will affect a selection of fares across the system as of April 20:

Sample fares
Corridor Fare Changes

Barrie

Paper ticket fares

PRESTO fares

Kitchener

Paper ticket fares

PRESTO fares

Milton

Paper ticket fares

PRESTO fares

Lakeshore East

Paper ticket fares

PRESTO fares

Lakeshore West

Paper ticket fares

PRESTO fares

Niagara

Paper ticket fares

PRESTO fares

Richmond Hill

Paper ticket fares

PRESTO fares

Stouffville

Paper ticket fares

PRESTO fares



PRESTO fares are estimated and based only on route information. Fares and discount are estimated and subject to change. Discount is based on direct routes with no transfers, off a single adult GO fare paper ticket. Actual discount maybe be .1% lower due to rounding.

Fares will be lowered for train trips to and from Niagara Falls and St. Catharines so they are aligned with bus fares for those locations.

Changes to how you use PRESTO when taking UP Express

UP Express fares are not changing. This means that fares for UP Express and GO Transit will no longer be the same, and you will need to tap your PRESTO card on the device that corresponds with the train you’re taking. If you travel on UP you must tap your card on UP Express devices, and if you’re taking GO, you must tap your card on GO Transit devices.

If you’re travelling to or from Bloor or Weston and wish to take advantage of the discount when connecting with TTC or the GO loyalty program, you have the option of taking GO Transit. UP customers travelling to and from Pearson airport will continue to benefit from a discounted TTC fare when connecting between the two systems.

New and Improved Train Service

The following train service improvements were introduced since the last fare increase in 2017, resulting in additional operating costs:

Barrie:

  • introduction of midday hourly service to Aurora (10 new daily trips)
  • introduction of evening hourly service to Aurora (6 new daily trips)
  • more service to/from Bradford (6 daily trips)
  • improved weekend service to run hourly instead of every 75 minutes (6 new daily trips)
  • service to new Downsview Park GO Station (connection to Line 1 TTC subway)
  • peak weekday trip extensions between Maple GO and Allandale Waterfront GO (2 daily trips)

Lakeshore East:

  • improved late evening service to provide consistent service every 30 minutes (2 new trips)
  • improved weekend service to run every 30 minutes (8 new daily trips)
  • improved midday service to run every 15 minutes (21 new daily trips)
  • more express peak weekday trips serving the reverse direction (6 new daily trips)

Lakeshore West:

  • improved late evening service to run every 30 minutes (2 new daily trips)
  • improved weekend service to run every 30 minutes (8 new daily trips)
  • improved midday service to run three trains an hour (10 new daily trips)
  • peak weekday trip extensions between Oakville and Burlington (4 daily trips)
  • more express peak weekday trips serving the reverse direction (6 new daily trips0
  • peak weekday trip extensions between West Harbour and Niagara Falls (2 daily trips)

Kitchener:

  • peak weekday trip extensions between Georgetown and Kitchener (2 daily trips)
  • peak weekday trip extensions between Mount Pleasant to Georgetown (2 daily trips)
  • more peak weekday service to/from Bramalea (3 new daily trips)
  • more peak weekday service to/from Malton (1 new daily trip)

Stouffville:

  • midday trip extensions between Unionville and Mount Joy (10 daily trips)


New and Improved Bus Service 

The following bus service improvements were introduced since the last fare increase in 2017, resulting in additional maintenance and operating costs: 

  • improved route 40, serving Hamilton, Mississauga, Pearson and Richmond Hill, to run every 30 minutes on weekends 
  • improved 407 service to provide better connections with TTC
  • introduction of service to the new Highway 407 Bus Terminal
  • introduction of service to the new Hwy 404/Major MacKenzie Park and Ride lot
  • introduction of service to the new Dundas & 412 Park and Ride lot
  • improved seasonal route 12 to include more express service to Niagara Falls
  • introduction of service to the new Winston Churchill Transitway Station
  • introduction of service to Niagara College
  • introduction of service along the Mississauga Transitway (Rt 19/40)
  • introduction of service to the new Dixie Transitway Station
  • introduction of service to the new Renforth Transitway Station
  • improved route 29 service to run mostly hourly in Guelph and Mississauga
  • extension of route 66 to East Gwillimbury


New Infrastructure 

The following infrastructure improvements were introduced since September 2017 to improve the customer experience and enhance the safety and reliability of our services, resulting in additional maintenance and operating costs. These include: 

  • the new Downsview Park GO Stationthe new Courtice Park and Ride lot
  • the new Ritson Park and Ride lot
  • the new Highway 407 Bus Terminalthe new Hwy 404/Major MacKenzie Park and Ride lot
  • the new Winston Churchill Transitway Station
  • significant upgrades to radio and signal equipment to increase capacity and improve reliability of communication across network
  • substantial upgrades and enhancements to multiple legacy bridges over the rail corridor, extending the longevity and ensuring the safety and reliability of our infrastructure o this includes full replacement of the 100 year old Humber River Bridge, elevation of 5 bridges, comprehensive repair and inspection program across the entire network to strengthen the integrity of the bridges and provide improved resilience to climate.
  • the new Whitby Rail Maintenance Facility
  • 152 new rail coaches
  • 45 miles of resurfaced track
  • 28,121 new track ties
  • 29 new switches
  • 16 new at-grade road crossings
  • 4 miles of new rail
  • 42,000 tonnes of new ballast
  • 103 upgraded snow clearing devices
  • 14 new barrier arms for crossing gates
  • 14 new sites to enhance remote monitoring and energy management across the rail network
  • 2 new designated locations for trains to safely turn around