For those who choose to live in Markham, the commute to Toronto is likely a concern. Many who own Markham real estate work full-time in Toronto, thus the to-and-from work commute can eat up a lot of time. Luckily, many options can save you some time going in both directions!
Take the train
If you’re looking to avoid rush hour traffic, why not take the train? GO Transit offers trains twice every hour during peak hours, with the ride from the Centennial GO station in Markham to Toronto’s Union station taking between forty-five to fifty minutes. Outside of peak hours, trains come every hour. If you have some work to catch up on, bring along your laptop and travel in comfort! Tickets cost about 7-10 dollars each way.
Take the bus
If you happen to live in a part of Markham without easy access to the train, or if the schedule doesn’t serve your needs, GO Transit also offers two routes, the 70 and 71, which will take you into Toronto. Similar to the train, they operate twice an hour during peak times, otherwise, they operate hourly. The ride also takes roughly forty-five minutes or so, and costs about 7 dollars.
Take the subway & bus
If you don’t feel like waiting for one of the buses or trains outside of peak hours, there’s another option. Simply take one of the GO buses departing Unionville station to the Highway 407 transit stop. From there, transfer on to the subway. However, this might take a little more time. You can expect your trip to take seventy minutes or so.
Of course, if you own Markham real estate, you likely have a car. The walk score is about 57, meaning Markham isn’t the easiest city to get around using public transit. Luckily the drive to Toronto isn’t bad, running from about thirty minutes if traffic is good, to more like forty-five if traffic is bad. This is probably the most cost-effective way, although bear in mind, there are tolls.