The GTA's public transit systems are a
convenient way to get around!
Getting around without a car can be tricky, but luckily the GTA has one of the best public transit systems around – and certainly in Canada! Mississauga and Brampton have transit systems that interconnect with each other as well as with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), the transit system that serves the City of Toronto. In order to use these systems effectively, you’ll want a map of the bus routes (and subway routes, for the TTC).

Fares

Each of the abovementioned transit systems has its own fares, so if you are using multiple transit systems in one trip you may need to pay multiple fares. In some cases, mixed fares are available, allowing you to use multiple systems with a single fare.

Cash fare refers to the price for a single trip, one way. This is always more expensive per trip than purchasing five or ten tickets at a time. One ticket is good for a single trip, one way, as well. A weekly pass, monthly pass, or annual pass allows unlimited travel during the time period in which the pass is valid.

For a list of Mississauga Transit fares, click here. For a list of Brampton Transit fares, click here.

For a list of the universities eligible for student fare, please click here. Note that you must present your university identification, e.g. student card, when purchasing your fares or presenting your pass to the bus driver, or else you will be required to pay the adult fare.

For a list of Mississauga Transit ticket agents, click here. For a list of Brampton Transit ticket agents, click here.



Another useful way to travel around the GTA is to use GO Transit, a system of buses and trains that serve not only Toronto but all the surrounding areas.

Ticket prices on GO Transit are a little trickier than the other forms of transit - there's no one-price-fits-all here! The cost of your trip will vary not only depending on the type of ticket you want, but also on where you're coming from and where you're going.

Fortunately, GO Transit has put together a very handy and very easy to use Fare Finder to help you figure out what your ticket will cost you. Just select the location you're going from and your destination, and press "Show Cost of Trip".

GO Transit also differs from the other transit systems in that you cannot simply pay the bus driver upon entering the bus. You must purchase a ticket or pass beforehand, and use that. Ticket types are as follows:
One-way ticket - Continuous travel in one direction between two specified points, with no stopovers. (Locations are specified when you purchase the ticket.)
Two-way ticket - Two one-way trips between two specified fare points (useful, for example, for going somewhere and then coming back at the end of the day - a one-way ticket will not suffice).
Day pass - Unlimited travel between two specified points for an entire day.
10 ride ticket - 10 one-way trips between two specified fare points; does not expire.
Monthly pass - Unlimited travel between two specified points for one month.

For more detailed information on GO ticket types, and where you can purchase them, click here.

IMPORTANT! Please note that the Fare Finder will let you select any starting point and any destination - that does not mean that you can get anywhere on the GO system from your nearest GO stop! It is very important to use the Schedule Finder to make sure your starting point offers a bus or train to your destination of choice. If you do not, you may wind up finding out that the bus you're getting on doesn't go to where you want to go! (For example, if you are going to Canada's Wonderland, you cannot just get on a GO bus anywhere on the system; you have to take a bus from either the York Mills or Yorkdale GO stations, or one of the other stops along that route!)



Sometimes the various transit systems just aren't flexible or fast enough for your particular needs. In these cases, you might want to consider taking a taxi. These can be seen all around the city and are easily distinguishable by their bright colours and the signs on their roofs. If you need a taxi and see one driving down the street that doesn't have a passenger in it, just try to make eye contact with the driver and wave your hand to flag it down. Then just tell the driver where you want to go, and you're on your way!

If you're at a friend's house or a party and need to call for a cab, just call 416-TAXICAB (416-829-4222) on your home phone or cell phone and tell the operator where you're located and when you want the taxi to arrive. This works anywhere in the Toronto area, including the York, Durham, and Peel Regions, and there's no extra charge for the call!

Do be aware that, although taxis can be a faster means of transport than public transit, they are also much more expensive. It's always a good idea to keep some cab money on you in case of emergency, but use this service only when necessary.

REMEMBER: if you've been drinking, be sure to take public transit or a taxi home, or have a friend drive you! Never drink and drive!



If you're fortunate enough to own your own car, getting around the GTA is a breeze! Even travelling to areas outside the reach of public transit is easy if you have a car. The GTA has a variety of freeways (highways) that easily connect the downtown core, the suburbs, and other cities (including those in the Peel Region) with other parts of Ontario. The major highways in the region are the 400-series, listed below:

400: Highway 400 is Toronto's main highway link to the York Region, Barrie, and Muskoka. It is the second-longest 400-series highway.
401: One of the busiest highways in the world, the 401 (pronounced "four-oh-one") spreads from the Quebec border in the east to Windsor in the west, and runs right through Toronto and most of the GTA.
404: Connects the northeastern suburbs of Toronto with Toronto (as the Don Valley Parkway).
407: Forms a bypass for the 401 and the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) through the GTA. Be aware that the 407 is an electronic toll highway and fines are applied for drivers who use it without a transponder (a little machine that you pay a monthly fee to own; it'll beep when you pass through a certain overpass on the 407, and without it, the arch will take a picture of your license plate and fine you!).
410: This highway serves much of the Peel Region, running through Mississauga and Brampton.
420: This is the highway you'll use if you want to get to Niagara Falls, as it connects it with the Queen Elizabeth Way.
427: Serves the area between the QEW and the Gardiner Expressway in the south with Highway 7 in the north.
Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW): Officially part of the 400-series highways, though not referred to by a 400-number. Connects to the 427 and runs to Fort Erie.
Gardiner Expressway: This is not a 400-series highway, but it is the major expressway connecting downtown Toronto with its western suburbs (including the Peel Region).

One way to find out how to get from Point A to Point B is to use MapQuest or Google Maps.