Toronto can be quite a pickle when it comes to getting around. From subway delays and crowded streetcars, to buses that seem to go by their own schedules, getting around can be frustrating. However, when you’re running late for work or class all hope is not lost.
Here are a few options for getting around the city quicker.
Bike Share Toronto
This past summer we saw an influx of Bike Share users throughout the city. Yes, we are heading into winter so the rides might be brisk, but renting a bike when you’re in a rush to get from A to B is a great option in the city. Bike Share has 200 stations located around Toronto. All one needs to do to rent a bike is pick one up at a station and return it to any station that is convenient to them.
Aside from the waterfront trail that has copious amounts of space for cyclists, the Sherbourne and Richmond-Adelaide cycle tracks are both solid options for cyclists looking to get around downtown while avoiding car lanes.
These cycle tracks are designated bike lanes that were introduced to the city to keep cars and cyclists separated on the road. The Richmond bike lane is great because it’s actually separated by giant flower pots most of the way, which prevents vehicles from pulling over in the middle of the lane.
Like Bike Share, Car2Go offers a car rental service in Toronto that uses public parking lots as pickup and drop off locations. This company allows you to reserve a vehicle for up to 30 minutes before you need it. To drop the car off after a trip, just park it in any legal public parking spot in Toronto (including side of the road parking) and voila. Super easy.
The Up Express is Toronto’s newest express train to Pearson Airport. Although this isn’t a cheap option (an adult return trip runs $24,) this train is extremely fast. Many Torontonians are using Up Express to get around quicker, particularly those that live in the northwest ends of the city.
This train has four station stops: Union, Bloor, Weston, and Pearson. If you’re running late north of Eglinton and need to get downtown fast, the Up Express can make spending a few extra dollars worth it.
Although it can be very confusing for first-timers, PATH often slips most people’s minds when getting around downtown Toronto. This underground world stretches from College Street to Queens Quay, and centres around the Yonge and University lines from Queen’s Park and College to Union.
As far as short cuts go in the downtown core, PATH can cut what would normally be a 25-30 minute walk down to 5 or 10 minutes. If you’re down there and not sure which way is up, most of the security guards that work in PATH know the routes very well and are willing to provide some guidance.
Download the Best Parking app
It can be difficult to find a parking spot in Toronto, let alone one with a reasonable rate. If you have to drive downtown, apps like BestParking.com can help you find the cheapest and most convenient spots around the city.
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