How to buy fares and passes
Important information about TTC tickets, tokens and passes
TTC tickets, tokens and passes are no longer available for sale in subway stations.
You can still use previously purchased TTC tickets, tokens or passes you have to pay your fare. No end date has been set for when the TTC will stop accepting TTC tickets, tokens or cash. Refunds will not be provided so you are encouraged to use your TTC tickets, tokens and passes.
You need a PRESTO Card, one-ride, two-ride or day pass PRESTO Ticket, TTC ticket, token, day pass, transfer, or exact cash to pay your fare on the TTC. Operators on buses and streetcars do not sell fares or carry change, so you must have a form of payment ready before you board a vehicle.
Fare Vending Machines
Fare Vending Machines (PRESTO cards and PRESTO Tickets)Fare Vending Machines are located at all subway station entrances. You can use this machine to purchase a PRESTO card and load it with money to pay-as-you-go or a monthly pass for unlimited travel each month. PRESTO cards are automatically set to deduct an adult fare. If you require your card to deduct a youth or senior fare, or want to load a youth, senior, or post-secondary monthly pass onto your card, you will need to take it to a Shoppers Drug Mart store or to the TTC Customer Service Centre, above Davisville Station to change the setting on your card. You must bring government issued identification or your TTC post-secondary photo identification card.
Youths, post-secondary students and seniors must have a youth, post-secondary or senior fare type set on their card before buying the equivalent monthly pass from this machine. You can have your card set to deduct a youth, post-secondary or senior fare at any Shoppers Drug Mart location or at the TTC Customer Service Centre, above Davisville Station. You must bring government issued identification or your TTC post-secondary student photo identification card.
Self-Serve Reload Machines
Self-Serve Reload Machines are also available at TTC subway stations. You can use these machines to load money onto your PRESTO card for pay-as-you-go travel or load a monthly pass. You can also check your balance.
Fares and Transfers Machines on the streetcars
If you are paying by cash, TTC ticket or token you need to use the Fares and Transfers Machines on the streetcars. These machines take exact change only. You cannot use a credit or debit card to pay your fare.
Toronto Pearson International Airport
You can purchase a PRESTO card or one-ride, two-ride or day pass PRESTO ticket from the Fare Vending Machines in Terminals 1 and 3 at Toronto Pearson International Airport. They are located inside the terminals near the public transit area of the ground transportation level, just inside from the TTC bus stops. You can use cash or major credit cards anytime of the day or night to purchase a PRESTO card or one-ride, two-ride or day pass PRESTO Ticket. Each person over the age of 12 requires their own PRESTO card or PRESTO Ticket. You tapped PRESTO card and PRESTO Ticket is your proof-of-payment. You must keep it with you at all times and be prepared to show it to TTC staff at any point in your journey.
Operators on vehicles do not sell fares. You must have your fare available prior to boarding a vehicle.
When to buy your fare
You can purchase a PRESTO card and load it with money for pay-as-you-go travel or a monthly pass for unlimited travel, at the Fare Vending Machine at all subway stations. You can also purchase a one-ride, two-ride or day pass PRESTO Ticket at these machines as well. PRESTO cards and PRESTO Tickets are also available at all Shoppers Drug Mart locations, online at prestocard.ca and at the TTC Customer Service Centre, above Davisville Station.
Each person over the age of 12 requires their own PRESTO card or PRESTO Ticket. This also applies to the day pass PRESTO Ticket. There is no group or family day pass option on the PRESTO day pass Ticket.
The TTC Monthly Pass and 12 Month Pass are only available for sale from the last 12 day of the month until 8 days into the start of the month they are valid.
The 12-Month Pass is only available online at prestocard.ca (opens in a new window).
Using your PRESTO Card or PRESTO Ticket
You must tap your PRESTO card or PRESTO Ticket each time you board a bus, streetcar and whenever you enter a subway station. Your tapped PRESTO card or PRESTO Ticket is your proof-of-payment.
Proof of ageProof of age or photo ID must be shown when paying your fare:
- Post-Secondary Students must show a Post-Secondary Photo ID along with a Post-Secondary Monthly Pass;
- Youths between 13 and 15 years of age, no identification is required;
- Youths between 16 and 19 years old, need to carry appropriate identification such as High School photo ID or Government issued photo ID e.g. Drivers Licence or Ontario Photo Card;
- Seniors, 65 years of age or over, may show a TTC Senior Photo ID, a Driver's Licence or an Ontario Photo Card;
- Children, 12 and under, may be required to show a TTC Proof of Age card.
The TTC Photo ID Facility is located at Bathurst subway station.