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Transportation

Transportation

Transporting around Toronto is one of the easiest things to do because everything is located relatively close to each other, and methods of transport are easily accessible.

The good thing about living in Toronto is everything is located so close to one another, from banks, to restaurants and hotels. They are all a quick walk or short subway ride away. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is Toronto’s subway system, and it runs throughout the downtown core, making everything easily accessible for the public. The cost for one TTC ride is $3 for adults, $2 for students and seniors, and .75 cents for children.

Another popular way to get around Toronto is by walking through the PATH, which is like an underground mall with shops and food courts that are located underneath the city. This is a convenient way to avoid traffic and avoid walking in cold or bad weather. The path is connected to many buildings and subway stops that makes it easily accessible for the public.

There are over 10 different taxi companies located within Toronto alone and cabs are stationed literally on every street. This is convenient as cab rides from one side of the city to the other are relatively inexpensive.

The majority of people who work in Toronto, don???t live in Toronto, but rather in the surrounding cities and suburbs. The most convenient way to get to the heart of the city is by taking the GO Transit. The GO has coach buses and trains that arrive directly to Union Station every hour or less during rush hours. This is an inexpensive and comfortable way to travel in and out of the city.

For those who want to travel long distances, the VIA Rail is also located in Union Station. The VIA Rail travels across the country, and is another alternative to driving.

There are over 13 different Toronto car rental companies, including the following:

  • Hertz
  • Advantage
  • Avis
  • Thrifty
  • Enterprise
  • GTA Rentals

For tourists traveling out of the city, renting a car in Toronto is a great alternative because of the wide variety of rental companies, along with competitive pricing and very accessible.

The nightlife in Toronto is amazing. There are plenty of night clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants, lounges, theatres, and more to do in the night time. A popular method of transportation are Toronto limos because you can travel with a larger group of people to your destination, and arrive in style.

There are many limo companies in Toronto like Executive Limos and GTA limos. The more people in your group, the cost lessens per passenger. Toronto Party Buses are also a great option for those traveling in large groups. They are offered through the limo companies as well. Another popular limo company is Airport Express. They take you from the airport to your destination or from your destination to the airport for a very affordable price.

There are many other methods of transporting around the city; roller-blading, cycling, and walking are just a few popular options.

Toronto is great because the amount of options available for transportation are so vast, yet convenient and affordable.

Car Rentals

Toronto offers a wide range of car rental companies to any business or leisure traveller, and even its residents.  

Toronto has it all, car rental agencies that offer compact, midsize, full-size, minivan, SUV, truck, specialty, limousine, and exotic or luxury vehicles.   Names such as Avis, Discount, Budget, Hertz, Enterprise, National and Thrifty may ring a bell, as they are known internationally. 

Car rental companies have locations scattered in every neighbourhood of Toronto including Downtown, the Annex, Etobicoke, East York etc.  But of course, travellers do not want to be bothered with little details and at times do not think ahead.

Toronto Airport Car Rentals

Toronto Pearson Airport may be one of the most accessible locations for visitors to rent cars because cars are waiting immediately as travellers land at Toronto. In addition, the core of Toronto where the main bus terminal is located is surrounded with car rental agencies accessible to visitors arriving by bus.

Everybody wants convenience, especially when travelling.  Less hassle during the planning and organizing process will most likely result in less conflict and a better trip.  Thus, renting a car in Toronto is very easy.

As the visitor, you may want to arrange your rental before you arrive at Toronto and just pick it up once you do.  Ways to rent include booking online via Totally Toronto for special offers and discount, calling the agency directly, booking online through the company’s website, or in person at any company location through an agent.

Car Rental Rates

Various agencies have the same cars, but different names for the classes of cars they offer but the prices of car rentals are similar when compared between the agencies.  Daily rates vary from $29.99 to $79.99 depending on the type of class you require for your needs.  Often car rental companies have promotions for customers who wish to rent for a weekend, an entire week, or longer. 

Once you rent a car in Toronto, you usually get unlimited kilometres for usage and a full gas tank that can be refilled upon bringing it back, or the car rental agency can refill it for you at a charge. Also offered are insurance policies to protect yourself and make sure you are secured from any liability that may occur during your rental. Many car rental companies also offer pickup of a vehicle at one location and dropping it off at a different one.  This goes back to that convenience mentioned earlier. 

Truck, Limo and Exotic Car Rentals

In addition to cars, Toronto offers rentals for moving trucks, limousines and exotic sport cars. U-Haul, Budget and Discount offer vans and trucks that may be used to transport large articles if one was moving within a driving distance range.  These trucks come in various sizes to suit your needs and can be rented by hour or by day.  This rental usually has a flat rate and then an additional rate per every kilometre or mile driven.  Just like with the small compact cars, comes with a full gas of tank and should be brought back the same way if additional charges want to be avoided.

If you can afford it, Toronto has companies that offer small limousine rentals, even with your own chauffer. This treat will cost you around a starting point of $60.00 per hour. A few companies offer luxury exotic car rentals that can fulfill anyone’s car dream, even if it is only for a day, or even just a few hours.  Rates are high, starting at $169.99 per day, and can go higher than a thousand dollars, but if you want a car such as a Ferrari, Lamborghini, or a Porche, Toronto’s companies make it available for you.

Loyalty Programs

Some car rental agencies offer loyalty programs to their customers, so if you think you may need a car more than just one time, make sure you choose the company that will give you a better deal the next time you come in. This option may be best if you are a business traveller who visits Toronto on a regular basis and your need is a car instead of riding buses and subways.  You can create a relationship with the agency, and by being a loyal customer, you can have an affordable car waiting for you every time you arrive to Toronto.

Whether you are a business or leisure traveller, your own car needs some repairing and you need a rental, want a chauffeur to drive you around in a limousine, or want to rent an exotic car just for kicks, Toronto’s car rental companies have every car to fulfill your needs.