PRESTO is the new fare option for York Region Transit (YRT/Viva).
With a PRESTO card, you won't have to worry about buying bus tickets or having correct change to ride YRT/Viva.
In York Region, with a tap of your PRESTO card, your fare is deducted from your account. Just purchase, activate and register your card (optional), add money to your balance using one of several convenient options and you're on your way!
Click here for detailed information on how to obtain and use your PRESTO smart card.
PRESTO makes it convenient to transfer between participating transit systems without having to calculate the correct fare - just tap on every time you board a bus. You can use your PRESTO card on the following participating transit systems:
We recommend that you register your PRESTO card. Registered cards that are lost or stolen can be reported to have future transactions blocked. You will be responsible for the value spent within 24 hours of reporting the loss. The remaining value can be transferred to a new card.
If you are using an Express service (300-series routes) using your PRESTO card, the base fare plus an Express upgrade will be charged to your PRESTO card.
If you are transferring from a YRT/Viva bus to an Express bus, the PRESTO device on the Express bus will recognize the transfer and charge your PRESTO card the Express fare upgrade.
Please note that if you pay your fare using a PRESTO card, you must also pay the fare upgrade using your PRESTO card.
PRESTO's smart card technology recognizes your continuous travel each time you tap your card and allows you a two-hour transfer period from the time of issue.
Similar to a paper transfer, the transfer on your PRESTO card has an expiry time. When your transfer expires, you will need to tap your card as necessary.
If you are connecting to or from a GO Train, the GO co-fare is automatically calculated on the card.
PRESTO will automatically calculate and deduct the co-fare discount for your YRT/Viva trip to and from any PRESTO-activated GO Transit service. Learn more about GO transit co-fares.
No. Until TTC implements PRESTO on their buses, we recommend using a monthly pass, tickets, cash or GTA Weekly Pass. Paper transfers cannot be issued to PRESTO card holders.
Brampton Transit fare paid with your PRESTO card e-purse will allow a free transfer to YRT/Viva (within the two-hour transfer window). PRESTO cards loaded with Brampton Transit period passes can only be used on Brampton Transit and are not accepted on YRT/Viva.
Yes, provided that:
At tax time, log into your online PRESTO account to access and print your transit usage report. Your transit usage is reported weekly by transit agencies. Learn more about the federal transit tax credit.
Yes, once your card has been activated, a child, student or senior concession can be set at YRT/Viva's head office or at a GO Train Customer Service Outlet. You will need to bring valid identification showing your date of birth. You will also need to bring your high school student card if setting a student concessions.
Students must travel with a valid student ID card. Seniors and children must travel with proof of age.
No. Cards purchased online are mailed to you and you must call PRESTO to activate it. Cards activated by phone require 24 hours to process before you will be able to load money or set a concession.
No. A negative balance may currently only be cleared in person at YRT/Viva's head office, GO Train Customer Service Outlet, Churchill Cigar Store (Markville Mall) or Petro Canada (Bathurst and Clark) A nominal fee will apply.
Your balance is stored on the card itself. Once you complete a purchase online, the details are sent to each card reader in the PRESTO network, which can take up to 24 hours. When you tap your card as part of a regular trip, the purchase will be activated and your balance updated.
Please note, if your card has gone into a negative balance, you must clear the negative balance (see FAQ #12) before you tap your card.
Yes; however, other cards in your wallet or purse may interfere with your PRESTO card. If you tap with your wallet
or purse when boarding a YRT bus and the bus operator receives an error message, you will be asked to take your
card out and tap again. Once the card is tapped, your fare will be deducted or you will see the message "already
tapped", indicating you are travelling on a transfer.
For further information please visit prestocard.ca