Should visitors rent a car in Toronto?

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Rosemina Nazarali

When planning a trip to Toronto, it is important to to evaluate your itinerary before deciding if you should rent a car. If you are hoping to stay in the core downtown area, a car isn’t necessary for transportation. You can easily get around using the public transportation system or, for late nights, a cab. However, if you plan on visiting other parts of the GTA, the surrounding areas of Toronto, then renting a car would be your best bet. So, if you are planning a trip to Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, or hope to do a bit of outlet shopping, renting a car will make your trip that much more seamless.

Ilona Kauremszky


Who needs the hassle? Besides the city’s been suffering from a major grid lock problem for years. The TTC which is the city’s transit commission has a slogan “Take the TTC, it’s the better way.”

Car rental just means extra charges, driving on heavily congested roads, parking headaches, not to mention facing the city’s ticket-happy parking violation officers who seem to creep up the moment your parking meter expires.

Toronto’s main downtown attractions are also easily reachable by foot or by public transit. The city also introduced a bike sharing program called Bixi which lets you rent a bike for whatever length of time is needed. Once you’re done cycling, park the Bixi at any of the downtown Bixi bike racks. Check the map and routes on their website.

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