You can save 15% or more off a GO fare when you ride with PRESTO. Travel cashless across the Greater Golden Horseshoe, connecting between GO Transit and 9 other local transit agencies. Best of all, the PRESTO App lets you instantly load funds onto your PRESTO card from wherever, whenever!
We have good news! As of March 14, 2022, we've introduced new fare discounts that increase fare savings for teens and post-secondary students travelling on GO Transit with PRESTO, and anyone travelling between GO and most local transit agencies. Learn more here.
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 travel 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 automatically calculates your fare for a trip and deducts it from the balance stored on your card.
You can set up Autoload to have funds automatically added to your card.
Children 12 and under can travel on GO Transit for free and don’t need to tap on with a PRESTO card.
Set a fare type to receive even more discounts! Riders aged 13-19 years old and full-time post-secondary students save 40% off the full adult GO fare and seniors save 55%+ with PRESTO.
PRESTO! We have an app for that.
The official PRESTO App is a simple, easy way to manage and instantly load your card on the go. We’ve updated the app to make it even easier and safer to travel across the region! Key features include:
- Load funds and transit passes in real time
- Load your card with debit/credit cards, Apple Pay, Google Pay or saved payment method
- Set up and manage Autoload
- Set and manage your default trip between two GO train stations
- Manage up to 10 PRESTO cards
- Check your PRESTO card balances instantly
- Check when your transfer time expires
- View transaction history
- Receive low balance reminders
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 cost to buy the card. This charge is collected to cover administrative fees for the cost of the card and for using the system.
*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.
Find out how and where you can show your PRESTO card to get discounts on some of Ontario's top attractions, through the PRESTO Perks program.
For more information, visit the PRESTO website.