In Toronto you have several means of getting around the city: public transit, cycling, walking or using a vehicle. What is the best one for your needs?
For newcomers to Toronto deciding how to get from point A to point B can be a hard choice. Those who arrive with a vehicle soon find a car in the city is a very expensive lifestyle choice. From insurance, parking and gasoline owning a car in downtown Toronto requires money and patience. Parking fees are sky high and include finding a place to store your car at all times. Many dwellings have parking but at a price. Parking on the street with a parking permit can cost over $100 a year. The average total cost of parking in Toronto runs $336.
If you decide that you want to give up your car but would rather be driven to and from using taxis may be your option. That option will not save your wallet, just sitting down in the backseat costs $4.00. Riding just a short distance is likely to rid your wallet of $20 or more.
Toronto has a decent public transit system, Toronto Transit Commission or TTC for short. The single fare price is $3.00 for adults with options for a day pass ($10), weekly pass ($36) and monthly pass ($121). Having a bus pass makes traveling easy and fairly affordable but you don't pick the route or the amount of time it takes to get from point A to point B. There's also the GO train to go further distances with varying fares.
Owning a bike is an option for many. Other than the cost of the bike, a good lock, a light and basic maintenance the price is right. You get exercise while you pedal to your destination. You do have to watch out for drivers, traffic laws and bad weather.
There's always the free mode of transportation, your own two feet. Many in the city opt for this means of travel for short trips. Luckily Toronto has well kept sidewalks for those who are hoofing it.
Most Torontorians use a blend of two or more ways to get around town, depending on weather, time of year and the time they have to be at their location.
What's your mode of travel?