Use Your Card To Ride
Using your PRESTO card is easy – you simply tap on the PRESTO reader at the door of the bus as you board. Always tap!
If you pay-per-ride, the reader will deduct the cost of the ride when you start your trip. A transfer time is added to your card when you tap – valid for 90 minutes on weekdays, 105 minutes evenings, weekends and holidays.
Sharing a card
A PRESTO card can be used by different people:
- With a monthly pass, another person can use your card when you aren't using it.
- If you pay-per-ride, use the balance on your card to pay someone else's fare. Just let the operator know and a second fare will be deducted from your card.
PRESTO cards with discount fares can only be shared by people who are eligible for the discount rate.
If you pay-per-month, the reader will check your card for a current monthly pass. On express buses it checks for an express pass. If your card has a regular-fare pass and you sometimes ride express routes, you can keep a cash balance on your card to pay the “top-up”.
O-train & STO
PRESTO works on the O-Train. It also works on STO buses, with this exception:
- You cannot pay-per-ride with PRESTO if you start your trip on an STO bus. However, you may use PRESTO to transfer to an STO bus from an OC Transpo bus, if the transfer-time is still valid.
Visit any of the locations below to set or change the language setting on your card to English or French so the PRESTO reader on the bus displays information for you in the language of your choice.
- OC Transpo Sales Centres: Rideau Centre, Lincoln Fields, St. Laurent and Orléans
PRESTO cards in the GTHA
OC Transpo riders can now use the e-purse on their PRESTO card to pay for their transit ride in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), for all PRESTO participating transit systems.
View PDF brochure:
PRESTO - Load Your Card
Load your PRESTO card to pay-per-month!
Transit options for people with disabilities
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