Getting Around Toronto
The best way to get around Toronto is by public transportation. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) runs three types -- subway, streetcar and bus -- which operate extensive routes throughout the city and suburbs. You will need a token or a pass to travel on TTC; day and week passes allow for unlimited rides on all three forms of public transport. The subway also connects the city to the Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ), as do taxi cabs. However, you can expect to pay about $57 CAD (roughly $57 USD) for a cab, while the subway will cost a measly $3 CAD.
If you're in a hurry, the subway is your best bet. However, it is not as extensive as above-ground transportation. There are two main lines: the Yellow Line (Yonge-University-Spadina) runs north to south under Yonge Street and then up through West Toronto, while the Green Line (Bloor-Danforth) runs east to west from the Etobicoke neighborhood through Central Toronto to the Scarborough area (not all eastbound trains go to Scarborough, so check ahead before boarding). Another smaller Red Line (Sheppard) runs through North Toronto.
Single rides on all TTC transit costs $3 CAD (roughly $3 USD), but if you're planning to rely on public transportation for more than just the occasional ride, it's a good idea to purchase a day- or week-long pass. Day passes cost $10 CAD (about $10 USD) and weekly passes cost $36 CAD (about $36 USD).
|Buses and Streetcars||
Where the subway doesn't go, buses and streetcars do. You will need a token or a pass to ride and ladies take note: For your safety, if you're riding a bus or streetcar after dark, you are allowed to hop off anywhere, whether or not it's a designated stop.
|Taxis||Like in other major cities, Toronto cabs are not hard to come by. You can hail them on the street or simply wait in front of a major hotel or attraction. However, as Frommer's puts it: "In many cities this is an expensive mode of transportation, but this is especially true of Toronto … Fares can quickly mount up." Relying on buses and streetcars to get around may not be as convenient, but it allows you to save your money for attractions and souvenirs.|
|Car||Toronto's grid layout makes it easy to navigate. But a car is unnecessary if you're planning to stay in the city proper. Traffic in Central Toronto can be a major headache (especially during rush hour) and parking is somewhat pricey. Also, if you are visiting during the winter and do not have a lot of winter driving experience, it’s best to leave the driving to those with practice. If you do decide to rent a car, most major rental agencies are represented at Pearson Airport, and you can also find several places scattered throughout Central Toronto.|
|On Foot||Toronto is a big city, but its neighborhoods are relatively easy to explore on foot. Just be careful about walking around at night, especially if you are in an unfamiliar area. Stick to well-lit streets and never walk alone.|
Entry & Exit Requirements
A valid travel document (preferably a passport) is required for citizens of the United States traveling outside the mainland by air or sea, as well as for U.S. citizens trying to re-enter the country. If you are planning to drive, you can also use a NEXUS card, which allows for expedited border crossings for both private and commercial travelers through Canadian and U.S. border controls. For more information, visit the U.S. State Department website.