Find out about PRESTO and how to use it to pay your GO fare. Plus, learn about managing your account, fares, and what to do if you forget to tap off.
What is PRESTO?
PRESTO is an electronic, reloadable fare card that helps make travelling on transit easy and convenient at a discounted fare. The more times you take the same trip in a month, the more you save.
Pay your fare while travelling on the entire GO network and other transit systems by simply tapping your PRESTO card. The system calculates your fare for a trip and deducts it from the balance stored on your card—all in less than a second.
Children 12 and under can travel on GO Transit for free and don’t need to tap on with a PRESTO card.
PRESTO! We have an App for that
The official PRESTO App by Metrolinx is here! Now you can manage your card anytime, anywhere. Key features include:
- Load funds and transit passes*
- Pay with debit/credit cards, or saved payment method
- Set up and manage Autoload and Autorenew
- Manage up to 10 PRESTO cards
- Check your PRESTO card balances
- View transaction history
- Receive low balance reminders and email receipts for fare purchases
* Funds or pass can only be added instantly with NFC enabled Android phones. For iPhone users, funds loaded through the app can take between 4 – 24 hours.
New to PRESTO? Let's Get Started!
1. Get a Card
Easily get a card from one of these places:
Please note there’s a $6 fee for issuing the card.
*Good things take time – if you purchase a PRESTO card from Shoppers Drug Mart or a Transit Agency outlet you’ll need to wait up to 24hrs before setting up a My PRESTO Account or load funds or passes online.
2. Load It
Load money onto your PRESTO card by:
3. Tap On, Tap Off!!
Before boarding the train:
Tap on by touching your card to the PRESTO Fare Payment Device at the station. Be sure to check the screen on the device to confirm that a fare has been deducted from your card. A beep and a green or green/yellow light indicates a successful transaction. If you see a red light, please see a station attendant prior to taking your trip.
When you arrive:
Tap off by touching your card to the Fare Payment Device as you exit the station.
As you board the bus:
Tap your card on to the PRESTO Fare Payment Device inside the bus near the driver. The machine will validate your card, record the starting point of your trip, and deduct the fare to the next zone on the route.
As you leave the bus:
Tap your card off to the Fare Payment Device as you exit the bus. The PRESTO system will debit or credit your card for the balance of that trip.
Remember to always tap off. If you forget to tap off, you will be charged to the end of the route, as PRESTO will not know where you got off.
With a PRESTO card, you get discounts …
For more information about PRESTO Perks, click here.