Knowing how to manage your PRESTO account and load money onto your card makes paying with PRESTO easier and faster.
Instantly Load Funds onto your PRESTO Card
No more waiting - the updated PRESTO App features improvements for both Android and iPhone users, including instant loads that can be done right from home.
Benefits of a PRESTO Account
Create a PRESTO Account to get these benefits:
*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 PRESTO Account or load funds or passes online.
The Autoload feature reloads your PRESTO card automatically when your balance drops below a dollar amount which you choose.
How to Set up Autoload
- Go to the official PRESTO App or prestocard.ca.
- Sign in to your online account and sign up for Autoload with a credit or debit card.
- Complete setting up Autoload by taking a regular trip with your PRESTO card, or by tapping your card on any PRESTO device. It can take 2 to 8 hours after setting up Autoload online for it to be ready and you need to tap your card within 30 days of set up or else the contract will be cancelled.
How GO Fares Work with PRESTO
GO Transit fares are calculated based on the distance travelled. Most GO customers pay a base fare of $3.70 when they tap on a PRESTO machine with either a PRESTO card or credit card, including a credit card on your phone or watch . When you tap on with a PRESTO card, PRESTO will recognize your fare type (adult, youth, post-secondary student or senior) and apply loyalty discounts as applicable. When you tap off at the end of your trip, PRESTO will deduct the remaining amount of your fare based on the distance travelled.
You need to make sure that you have enough funds on your PRESTO card when you tap off to cover the total cost of your trip.
If your card has been added to a PRESTO Account, you can go into a negative balance to pay for one trip as long as you have the minimum base fare on your card.
If you pay your GO adult fare with a PRESTO card, credit card or credit card on your phone or watch, you will also receive automatic fare discounts of 15% or more based upon the number of trips you take within a calendar month.
Always remember to tap off with your PRESTO card (if you don’t have a default trip set), credit card or credit card on your phone or watch at the end of your trip to ensure you’re charged the correct fare. If you forget to tap off, the fare to the last stop on the train line or bus route will be charged to your credit card, or deducted from your PRESTO card and with your fare type and any applicable loyalty discounts applied.
If you are taking a trip for which you have a default trip set on your PRESTO card, the entire fare will be charged to your card when you tap on.