Fares

A person using their Presto card

Service at a Glance

Is a PRESTO card right for me?

PRESTO is an electronic fare system that allows transit users in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to use a single fare card to move between and within transit systems. Benefits of PRESTO:

  • Cheaper than a regular cash fare
  • No more searching for exact change
  • No more paper transfers
  • Reduces transferring from HSR to GO Train fares by $1.70 ($1.80 effective September 1, 2018)
  • Automatic and online reload options
How much does it cost to ride the bus?

Hamilton City Council has approved a fare increase effective September 1, 2018. HSR Customers can continue using their current 2017-2018 tickets with an expiry date of August 31, 2018 which will remain valid from September 1 to 30, 2018 with an additional $0.10 per ticket paid into the farebox.

Do I need HSR Photo ID?

You need HSR Photo ID if:

  • You are attempting to ride the HSR at a reduced rate
  • You are a Secondary School student using a student fare
  • You are a senior (residents age 65 to 79) using a senior fare or a Golden Age Pass holder (age 80 years or older)
  • You are a person with a disability boarding with a support person.
  • You are a support worker travelling with a rider needing assistance
  • You have lost your Student Photo ID or did not get one from your school
How do I transfer from HSR to Burlington Transit?

Upon payment of your HSR fare, please ask the driver for a transfer to connect to the Burlington service when you’ve reached the Aldershot GO, Burlington Terminal or King & James.

  • Transfers are accepted by all Burlington Transit drivers to continue your trip.
  • Paper transfer are not required when using your PRESTO card.