Fare Information

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

Use touchless payment options to buy your fare before you board

Consider touchless payment options like PRESTO to pay your fare before you board.

You can now instantly load money onto your PRESTO card using the PRESTO App available on the App Store or on Google Play.

You can also load your PRESTO card online or try other self-serve options like ticket vending machines at stations and activated e-tickets to buy your fare before boarding.

You might notice some new PRESTO payment devices at your station. Make sure you only tap your PRESTO card on the reader (not your entire wallet or bag).

We’d also like to remind you that we are not accepting cash at our ticket booths or on our buses. Cash can be used at ticket vending machines at our stations.

Fare payment is required before boarding. When travelling from Union Station, fare payment is required before going up to the train platforms.

How GO Fares Work

Your GO Fare is based on whether you’re an adult, senior, or student and the distance you’re travelling between two specified points called fare zones. Children 12 and under can travel on GO Transit for free.

To pay your fare, you can buy a ticket or pass or use your PRESTO card. You use the same ticket or pass whether you take a GO train, a GO bus, or a combination of both for your trip. You can calculate the fare for your trip here.

Where to Buy Tickets and Passes

You can buy tickets, group passes, and day passes at the ticket counter or ticket vending machine at your station.

Buy or load your PRESTO card at any GO or UP Express ticket counter, at select ticket vending machines across our system, PRESTO Self-Serve Reload machines, online at prestocard.ca, at customer service outlets, and at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations. You can learn more about PRESTO here.

Tips:

  • Tap your PRESTO card before you board the train or bus and be sure to tap off. Learn about setting a default to your card so you don’t have to tap off when you get off the train.
  • Keep your ticket, pass, or PRESTO card handy for fare inspection while you ride the train.
  • Buy your ticket before you board the bus and show it to your driver.

Single-Ride Ticket

A single-ride ticket lets you travel one-way between two specified fare zones. This type of ticket is for:

  • Continuous travel only—no stopovers.
  • Trips that start within four hours of the time a ticket is purchased.

Day Pass

A day pass gives you unlimited travel for one day between two specified fare zones. For example, if you want to make a return trip, then you buy a day pass. A day pass is:

  • Equivalent to buying two one-way fares within the same fare zone.
  • Valid on the day of purchase only; cannot be purchased in advance.

Via Rail

To make extended travel easier, VIA Rail passengers can purchase a ticket for most connecting VIA and GO train trips at select VIA stations, online at VIA Rail, or by calling 1-888-VIA-RAIL (1-888-842-7245).

Ticket Types

The information below is about buying a GO ticket or pass. If you’re using PRESTO, visit our PRESTO page to learn more.

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Adult

13 to 64 years of age

Single-Ride

Day Pass

Senior

65 years or over

Single-Ride

Day Pass

Senior single-ride fare is half the adult single-ride fare. There are no discounts for a Day Pass.

Child

12 years of age and under

Free

Student

Elementary, junior high or middle school, and secondary school students with a valid Canadian school-issued ID
(13 years of age and older)

PRESTO

Eligible students using PRESTO can get a discount on their GO fare. Use the fare calculator here to see the fares.

Students must see a Station Attendant or visit a Customer Service Outlet to have a “Student” setting added to their card, along with the expiry date for that setting.

Students must travel with and show their school-issued ID card for fare inspections.

Learn more about getting and using Student ID.

Post-Secondary Student

Full-time Canadian university and college students (excluding online courses/institutions)

PRESTO

Eligible students using PRESTO can get a discount on their GO fare. Use the fare calculator here to see the fares.

Students must see a Station Attendant or visit a Customer Service Outlet to have a “Student” setting added to their card, along with the expiry date for that setting.

Students must carry GO approved Student ID to show for fare inspections.

Learn more about getting and using Student ID.

Group

A group consists of up to 5 individuals travelling together using the same paper ticket. 

Group pass eligibility:

  • 2 adults, 3 students
  • 1 adult, 4 students
  • 1 adult, 1 senior, 3 students
  • 2 seniors, 3 students
  • 1 senior, 4 students

Group Pass

The group pass must be purchased on the day of travel from a station attendant or ticket vending machine.

The group pass is valid for unlimited travel on one day between two specified GO fare zones.

Children 12 and under ride for free and are not considered in the pass.

Group pass customers won’t be eligible for discounts on local transit to and from GO stations and terminals.

Children’s Group

Leaders of a group of 20 or more children 12 and under should contact us at 1-888-GET-ON-GO (438-6646) at least 24 hours in advance to arrange, if space is available.

Large Group

15 or more people who are travelling on GO together

  • Single-Ride
  • Day Pass

Contact us at 1-888-GET-ON-GO (438-6646) at least 24 hours in advance to arrange, if space is available.

All regular fares apply.

Single-Ride tickets or Day Passes are sold on the day of travel only, and groups must be at the station at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.

Large Group Pass customers won’t be eligible for discounts on local transit to and from GO stations and terminals.

Support Person

An attendant who travels with a passenger with a disability

  • Single-Ride
  • Day Pass
  • Presto

If you need to travel with a support person, they can ride with you for free. Buy your ticket at the ticket counter and your support person can get a Support Person ticket. If you use PRESTO, ask for a Support Person sticker to be put on your card at the ticket counter.


GO Train Service Guarantee

We promise to do our best to be on time; however, sometimes delays happen. If your train arrival is delayed by 15 minutes or more, we want to credit what you paid for the trip. Some conditions apply.

Visit our Service Guarantee page for more information or to make a claim.

Discounts with Local Transit

Visit our Getting to GO page to learn more about the discounts available on many local transit systems we connect with. 

PRESTO automatically calculates your discount and applies it to your PRESTO account when you connect to/from GO Transit and your local transit service.

Discounted Double Fare program ends March 31

The Discounted Double Fare program, which offered customers a discount when transferring between GO Transit or UP Express and the TTC, is coming to an end as scheduled. As of April 1, 2020 customers who transfer between these transit agencies will be charged the full fare for each ride.

Metrolinx is committed to finding better ways to invest in transit programs, keep transit affordable, and help people move more easily across the region. Find out more here.

Public Transit Tax Credit

You may be eligible for a tax credit. For more information about PRESTO and the public transit tax credit, visit prestocard.ca.


Good news Kennedy customers!

We’re trying out lower fares between Kennedy GO and Union Station to give people in Scarborough another way to avoid congestion when going downtown for work, appointments and fun.

Starting Saturday, November 23, and over an 18-month trial period, the fare for GO trips between Kennedy GO and Union Station will be reduced from $4.75 to $3.70 when you use your PRESTO card, which is more comparable to the TTC cash fare of $3.25.

Fares for trips between Kennedy GO and Exhibition will also be lowered during the trial.

Check out the Metrolinx Blog post to read more about it.


Remembrance Day & Warriors' Day - Veterans ride for free

Every year on November 11 and for the Warriors' Day Parade at the CNE, we honour the men and women who have served to protect our country by offering free GO transportation for veterans, their companion and currently serving members of the Canadian military.

Veterans and currently serving members of the Canadian military are asked to identify themselves by wearing their medals, beret, blazer, uniform, or other similar belongings while travelling.

Immediate family members of deceased veterans may also ride for free if carrying something to identify their relations to the late veteran, such as service papers or an identification card.