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What is PRESTO?

PRESTO is an electronic payment system that eliminates the need for tickets, tokens, passes and cash. PRESTO works across local transit in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) and Ottawa, making paying for your trip simple, convenient and secure.

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PRESTO works in lots of places.

One card. Eleven transit agencies. It’s payment made easier.

Pay for transit on your terms.

Add money in person or online, even set up automatic reloading (Autoload) to make paying for your trip seamless.

Travel with peace of mind.

Take the worry out of travel, if you set up a My PRESTO Account, card balances are protected from loss or theft.

You can get started in just three simple steps.

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Online: Order a card online. Your card will be mailed to you within 7-10 business days. You can create a My PRESTO Account or be without an account.

Buy in person: At a Customer Service Outlet. Your card is ready to use immediately, and your My PRESTO Account can be created online after 24 hours.


If you ordered a card with a My PRESTO Account from the PRESTO website, you'll need to activate it before you ride. Cards purchased in person are already activated.

Activate your card online or by calling PRESTO at 1-877-378-6123 and following the automated instructions.


After funds or a transit pass have been added to the card, you're ready to ride. Tap your card on a PRESTO device at the beginning of your ride to pay for your transit quickly, simply, and securely.

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