I love to save money on attractions while we travel. We’re on a budget, so the more we save, the more we can travel and the more things we can do while we are on vacation. Over the years, we’ve bought a number of CityPASS booklets, but the CityPASS Toronto has been our favourite one yet – we actually used the whole book in only a few days!
The Toronto CityPASS program has collected and vetted the top must-see, must-do attractions. Toronto CityPASS ticket booklets include prepaid admission to:
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Toronto Zoo OR Ontario Science Centre (we chose the zoo, I mean come on – PANDAS!)
At Toronto CityPASS attractions, pass holders take the VIP route, skipping most main-entrance ticket lines – this was most obvious at Casa Loma – we probably would have been in line for over an hour had it not been for our CityPASSes.
While you can buy CityPASS booklets in advance online (sometimes Costco even carries them), there is no need, you can buy them at any of the included attractions. That is what we did this time, I had my complimentary media pass, but I had to purchase Chel’s childs CityPASS and we did that at Ripley’s Aquarium, our first stop. We also used some of the coupons in the back of the booklet… like discounts at gift shops, etc.
Each Toronto CityPASS ticket booklet saves you 40% off the regular combined cost of admission. For 2017, the pricing is $76 for adults (a $51 savings) and $51 for kids ages 4-12 (before taxes of course). The only additional fee we paid was to upgrade our ROM ticket so that we could see the Blue Whale exhibit, but that’s something anyone can easily do at the exhibit once you are in the museum.
For more info and current pricing: http://www.citypass.com/toronto
I was also able to secure us complimentary media passes to City Sightseeing Toronto, you know, the big red double decker busses full of us tourists that cruise most large cities. Other than the Toronto Zoo, it could take us to all of our CityPASS attractions. In the end though, we didn’t use it much for transportation – being familiar with Toronto and the TTC and having a love of walking, it just wasn’t the FASTEST way to get around. Also, I thought that the tour narration could be a bit more exciting (and interesting)… but then again maybe I’m just spoiled by the outstanding tour guides we have here in Halifax #humblebrag.
A City Sightseeing Toronto tour does give you 48 hours of unlimited hop on, hop off access though, which is great value if you are new to the city (just know that not all busses have the open top, and some of them are old and have no air conditioning…), but more importantly, it gives you a free Toronto Harbour Cruise, which is totally worth it. If you’ve ever flown into Billy Bishop Airport, you know how cool Toronto looks like from Lake Ontario, and this tour give you that awesome photo op… you also might get a close up view of the belly of a plane just feet from landing! You also get to cruise around the Toronto Islands, which while they were still closed due to flooding while we were there, must be heaven on Earth for Torontonians looking to escape the city.
For more info & current pricing: CITY SIGHTSEEING TORONTO 249 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Ontario, M5J 2N5 416.410.0536 www.citysightseeingtoronto.com
We love Toronto, so we’ll be back soon. If you know of any great ways to save $$ on Toronto attractions, or the scoop on any lesser known must-do family-friendly attractions, please let me know!