Metrolinx lowering cost of PRESTO Card Aug. 8

Aug. 3, 2023
Metrolinx is bringing the cost of a PRESTO card down to $4 from the current price of $6.

Metrolinx is taking steps to making it easier and more accessible to take transit by lowering the cost of a PRESTO card to $4 from the current price of $6. This major change in their prices is set to roll out on August 8.

PRESTO cards can be used to pay fares across 11 different transit agencies in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area and Ottawa – including GO Transit and UP Express.

They are available at various transit customer service outlets, Drug Mart stores, fare vending machines and ticket vending machines.

After purchasing a PRESTO card, customers can create a PRESTO account before loading money onto the card. It may take up to 24 hours after purchase before this can be done.

Metrolinx has also made most local transit fares free for passengers connecting between participating agencies and GO Transit. When a customer uses a PRESTO card for both legs of a trip, the discount will be applied automatically.

Some transit agency discounts – including those for youth, post-secondary students and seniors – are only available with a PRESTO card.

Cardholders can also access discounts from PRESTO Perks partners to major attractions and events.

Since the start, Metrolinx has charged a price for the physical PRESTO card manufacturing and distribution costs.

Customers also have the option of tapping with an Interac debit or credit card, including those on a phone or watch, to pay fares on GO Transit, UP Express and participating 905 transit systems. Later this summer, Metrolinx notes it will be possible to tap a credit or debit card to pay Toronto Transit Commission fares.

Coming soon, Metrolinx will offer the option of using PRESTO cards in smartphone wallets.