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Toronto is an easy city to navigate on foot or by public transit. The bulk of hotels, even those outside the downtown areas, are located near streetcar stops, bus stops or subway stations which can take you to most of the sites and shopping districts you may want to see.
Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) rates are C$3.00 per person per direction for one continuous ride. Buying multiple tokens drops the price to $2.50 each. You can get a single day pass for $10.75 that you may use as many times as you want. During weekends and holidays, these day passes apply to families of two adults alone or with up to four children or youths (under 19 years of age), or one adult with up to five children -- a great deal. For those staying longer, there are also weekly and monthly passes available. These passes and transfers are good for all TTC buses, subways and streetcars. Some TTC routes go beyond city limits. You only need to pay extra fare if you are riding beyond city limits. If you enter and exit within city limits, a normal TTC fare applies. TTC drivers and operators can be very friendly and helpful with tourists who need some advice on where to transfer or which stop is best for a particular site. That said, try to get your information before boarding. The TTC's phone service offers translation when operators are on duty: 416-393-4636. Subway collectors have free system maps (called Ride Guides) or visit the TTC website. More TripAdvisor transit info on Public Transportation page.
People on the street are also usually very willing to help strangers, so don’t be afraid to ask for directions -- and keep a map on hand. Toronto’s grid system is very easy to follow, but streets are named rather than numbered. Maps of downtown Toronto are available at airport and hotel tour desks -- there are usually several free tourist guides and magazines (such as the Where.CA magazines) that contain very helpful maps. Some of the best road maps of the city are the ones that are published by MapArt. They have yellow covers, are available at most grocery stores, newsstands, and gas stations for 5-10 Canadian dollars.
Although driving the city is possible, you may find it easier to park the car in a lot and walk. Especially in downtown areas, traffic can be heavy and slow and the lack of available or reasonably priced parking often makes walking or using transit a preferable option. TTC parking lots & Municipal lots
Cabs are also easily hailed in the downtown area. There are a variety of different cabs in all sorts of colors, but you will know which ones are available by the lit up sign on the roof of the car. Simply wave one down from the curb. When the meter is turned on it shows $3.25 for 1-4 passengers. The rate increases by .25 every 143 metres.
Many of the city’s attractions are located along the Harbourfront and are within walking distance of Union Station, where GO Transit, TTC and VIA Rail lines meet in the center of the city. Especially in winter when the wind off of the lake can be bitterly cold, an underground system of corridors called PATH connects some of the hotels, shopping centres and financial buildings. PATH makes the distances between some of these tourist sites easily reached on foot.
TourbyTransit.com - Toronto has information on many popular Toronto attractions, parks, museums, theatres and dining and easy directions for getting to them by public transit.