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Information about PRESTO

You can use PRESTO to pay your fare on all TTC streetcars, buses and at every subway station. All you have to do is buy a card, load it with money or a monthly pass and tap every time you enter a subway station or board a bus or streetcar. You can also use PRESTO to pay your fare on UP Express, GO Transit, Brampton Transit, Burlington Transit, Durham Region Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, MiWay, Oakville Transit and OC Transpo in Ottawa. Buying a PRESTO card (cards cost $6).

PRESTO cards are available:

  • Online at prestocard.ca External link opens in new page
  • At Shoppers Drug Mart locations, Fare Vending Machines at TTC subway stations and at the TTC’s Customer Service Centre above Davisville Station

Setting your fare type on your card

All PRESTO cards are automatically set to deduct an adult fare. You can have your PRESTO card changed to a child, youth, post-secondary student or senior card at:

  • Shoppers Drug Mart locations
  • The TTC’s Customer Service Centre above Davisville Station

You must have government issued identification or your TTC post-secondary photo identification card with you, in order to have your PRESTO card changed from an adult card to a child, youth, post-secondary student or senior card.

Adding money or a monthly pass onto your PRESTO card

You can add money (minimum load is $10) to your PRESTO card to pay your fare or you can load a TTC Monthly Pass or 12-Month Pass, which provides unlimited travel for one month, in the following ways:

Online:

At prestocard.ca External link opens in new page. Online loads may take up to 24 hours before available for use on a PRESTO card.
Autoload - automatically puts money on your card whenever your balance falls below a set minimum balance chosen by you. If your card is registered, you can establish an Autoload contract using your credit card or bank account. Learn more at prestocard.ca External link opens in new page.

In person at:
  • Shoppers Drug Mart locations
  • Fare Vending Machines at TTC subway stations (money and monthly passes, except for the 12-Month Pass, it’s only available online at prestocard.ca External link opens in new page)
  • Self-Serve Reload Machines at TTC subway stations (money only)
  • The TTC’s Customer Service Centre above Davisville Station

Monthly passes are available for sale eight days before the end of the month until five days after the start of the next month.

PRESTO fares

  • $3.00 (Adult)
  • $2.05 (Senior, age 65+ / Youth, ages 13-19)
  • Save up to $1.50 per trip when you transfer between TTC and GO Transit or UP Express when you pay your fare with PRESTO. Learn more. 
  • Monthly pass (Adult - $146.25; Senior/Youth - $116.75). Learn more.
  • 12 Month Pass (Adult - $134; Senior/Youth $107). Learn more.

Transfers using PRESTO

If you pay your fare from the balance on your PRESTO card you can take advantage of the TTC’s two-hour transfer. With this transfer, you can hop on and off the system and switch directions at any point in your journey. As long as you are within two hours from your first time  tap you will not be charged another fare.  Learn more.

Using PRESTO on Downtown Express Buses

If you have a PRESTO card you can pay your first of the double fare required on a Downtown Express Bus by tapping your PRESTO card on the card reader, but you must pay the additional fare by token, cash, Downtown Express bus sticker (which you can buy at a collector booth and stick to your card) or ticket.

Using PRESTO on TTC buses in York Region and Mississauga

PRESTO readers on TTC buses that operate in York Region or Mississauga are not currently set up to collect YRT and/or MiWay fares, only TTC fares. You can use your PRESTO card to pay your TTC fare if you board the bus in Toronto. When you leave the bus in York Region or Mississauga you must pay your YRT and/or MiWay fare as you do today (TTC fare plus a supplement, cash or YRT and/or MiWay fare product). The same applies for the reverse. When you board a TTC bus in York Region or Mississauga you must deposit your YRT and/or MiWay fare or cash in the fare box. If you want to pay your TTC fare by PRESTO, you must tap your card when you leave the bus in Toronto.

Want to learn more about PRESTO on the TTC?

Watch these videos about:

  1. How to use PRESTO on the TTC
  2. How to get a transfer with PRESTO on the TTC (two-hour transfer available to PRESTO card customers only, starting August 26)
  3. Where to buy a PRESTO card to use on the TTC
  4. How to use PRESTO as a senior, youth or child

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section.