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Pantages Hotel - How to Navigate the TTC like a Local

Updated Fall 2022

Toronto is a city for exploring and experiencing. It also happens to be a sprawling city with many great neighbourhoods to visit. If you don’t want to spend a small fortune on cab or Uber fare, we suggest taking the TTC, Toronto’s public transit system. Here are a few things you should know about navigating the TTC like a local.


Depending on how often you will be taking the transit system while you’re here, there are a number of payment options available. A single ride is $3.25, while an unlimited day-pass is $13.50. When in doubt, ask one of the TTC attendants which pass would be best for you.

Types of Transit

Subway, bus, or streetcar. Depending on how adventurous you are, you may find you will need to take all three. Much to Torontonians chagrin, the subway system only consists of two major lines. If you’re trying to get to West Queen West to try out a cozy eclectic bar or restaurant, you are going to probably need to take a subway AND streetcar. Luckily, there are some amazing apps that can help plan out your route.


Although Toronto is a pretty friendly city, there are a few things one simply shouldn’t do when riding the TTC. If you see a pregnant lady or elderly person, always offer up your seat. There are a lot of jerks and lurches on public transit, which can make it difficult for those that don’t have the best balance and stability. Never block the doors when the subway or streetcar stops. It prevents commuters from getting on or off the subway or streetcar. Keep your music to yourself by wearing earphones. Just because you may enjoy a certain genre of music, does not mean the rest of the passengers have the same taste.

Leave Early

Delays are almost guaranteed on the TTC. It’s not uncommon to have to wait an extra 20 minutes for transportation to arrive. Fun fact: Torontonians can ask the TTC attendants for a late slip for work to say their transit was delayed. During rush hour and bad weather conditions, expect delays. Or check your TTC app for updates and information.

Download the App

There are a few really good TTC Apps that you can download to your smartphone to make navigating the TTC easier. Torontonians rely on these apps, especially in the winter when you have to wait for a streetcar to show up in the freezing cold. TransitApp and Google maps are just a few apps that work really well.

If you still have questions about navigating the TTC, feel free to ask one of our team members for advice. They are always happy to share local knowledge and recommendations.

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