PRESTO Card PRESTO Contactless Payment PRESTO E-Tickets
PRESTO Ticket

Participating Transit Agencies

Frequent Transit Riders

Yes
Yes
No
No

Occasional Transit Riders

Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Fares and Pricing

Including child, student, adult and senior fare type.

Additional discounts available when travelling between two participating transit agencies using co-fares.

Standard Fare, the same as cash or tickets

PRESTO Fare Discount off standard fare

Fare type varies by transit agency.

Plus, 2-hour free transfer between participating transit agencies.

Adult fare type only.

Payment options

  • PRESTO App using credit debit, Apple Pay or Google Pay
  • Set up Autoload/ Autorenew
  • Vending Machine with cash, debit or credit card

  • Mobile wallet on smartphone
  • Mobile wallet on smartwatch
  • Physical credit card
  • Physical debit card
  • You can only use one card for one person per trip.

  • PRESTO E-Tickets App on smartphone

  • Cash
  • Credit
  • Debit

Ability to tap phone to pay

No
Yes
Yes
No

Ticket Types & Passes

  • Single-ride
  • Transit Passes
  • Day Passes
  • Single-ride
  • Single-ride
  • Day Pass
  • Single-ride
  • Two-ride

Manage with a PRESTO Account

Yes
Yes
No
No

Where to buy and load

  • Order and load online
  • Instantly load with the PRESTO App
  • Ticket Vending Machines at stations
  • Self-Serve Reload Machines at stations
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Customer Service Outlets
  • Use the mobile wallet on your own phone or watch, or your debit or credit card
  • Use the PRESTO E-Ticket App on your phone 
  • Fare Vending Machines
  • TTC Subway Stations
  • Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto

The Bottom Line

A PRESTO card is still the best way for most people taking transit to travel in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and Ottawa.

PRESTO contactless is the easiest way to pay on the TTC, GO Transit, UP Express and participating transit agencies in the 905 region.

Learn more about PRESTO contactless.

A PRESTO E-Ticket is ideal for occasional transit riders in Durham, Hamilton and Oakville.

Learn more about PRESTO E-Tickets.

A PRESTO Ticket is a good choice for visitors in Toronto travelling only on the TTC.

Learn more about PRESTO Tickets.

Participating Transit Agencies

PRESTO Card
PRESTO Contactless Payment
PRESTO E-Ticket
PRESTO Ticket

Frequent Transit Riders

PRESTO Card
Yes 
PRESTO Contactless Payment
Yes 
PRESTO E-Ticket
No 
PRESTO Ticket
No 

Occasional Transit Riders

PRESTO Card
Yes 
PRESTO Contactless Payment
Yes 
PRESTO E-Ticket
Yes 
PRESTO Ticket
Yes 

Fares and Pricing

PRESTO Card

Including child, student, adult and senior fare type.

Additional discounts available when travelling between two participating transit agencies using co-fares.

PRESTO Contactless Payment

Standard Fare, the same as cash or tickets

PRESTO E-Ticket

PRESTO Fare Discount off standard fare

Fare type varies by transit agency.

Plus, 2-hour free transfer between participating transit agencies.

PRESTO Ticket

Adult fare type only.

Payment options

PRESTO Card

  • PRESTO App using credit debit, Apple Pay or Google Pay
  • Set up Autoload/ Autorenew
  • Vending Machine with cash, debit or credit card
PRESTO Contactless Payment

  • Mobile wallet on smartphone
  • Mobile wallet on smartwatch
  • Physical credit card
  • Physical debit card – only available for UP Express
PRESTO E-Ticket

  • PRESTO E-Ticket App on smartphone
PRESTO Ticket

  • Cash
  • Credit
  • Debit

Ability to tap phone to pay

PRESTO Card
No 
PRESTO Contactless Payment
Yes 
PRESTO E-Ticket
Yes 
PRESTO Ticket
No 

Ticket Types & Passes

PRESTO Card
  • Single-ride
  • Transit Passes
  • Day Passes
PRESTO Contactless Payment
  • Single-ride
PRESTO E-Ticket
  • Single-ride
PRESTO Ticket
  • Day Pass
  • Single-ride
  • Two-ride

Manage with a PRESTO Account

PRESTO Card
Yes 
PRESTO Contactless Payment
Yes 
PRESTO E-Ticket
No 
PRESTO Ticket
No 

Where to buy and load

PRESTO Card
  • Order and load online
  • Instantly load with the PRESTO App
  • Ticket Vending Machines at stations
  • Self-Serve Reload Machines at stations
  • Shoppers Drug Mart
  • Customer Service Outlets
PRESTO Contactless Payment
  • Use the mobile wallet on your own phone or watch, or your credit card
PRESTO E-Ticket
  • Use the PRESTO E-Ticket App on your phone
PRESTO Ticket
  • Fare Vending Machines
  • TTC Subway Stations
  • Shoppers Drug Mart in Toronto

The Bottom Line

PRESTO Card

A PRESTO card is still the best way for most people taking transit to travel in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and Ottawa.

PRESTO Contactless Payment

PRESTO contactless is the easiest way to pay on the TTC, GO Transit, UP Express and participating transit agencies in the 905 region.

Learn more about PRESTO contactless.

PRESTO E-Ticket

A PRESTO E-Ticket is ideal for occasional transit riders in Durham, Hamilton and Oakville.

Learn more about PRESTO E-Tickets.

PRESTO Ticket

A PRESTO Ticket is a good choice for visitors in Toronto travelling only on the TTC.

Learn more about PRESTO Tickets.

Enjoy More Discounts with PRESTO Perks

Enjoy even more discounts.