Kids can tap into free rides on Burlington Transit

Transportation emissions account for about 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in Burlington. Changing the way you commute to sustainable or active transportation will help us meet our greenhouse gas target to be a net carbon neutral community by 2050.

Changes coming to Burlington Transit

Starting March 1, 2023, Burlington Transit bus drivers will ask all passengers to tap their PRESTO card as they board.

Kids 12 and under will still ride free simply by tapping their PRESTO card or taking Burlington Transit with their parent or guardian. This change will allow older children who travel on their own to be able to keep using Burlington Transit for free.

Burlington Transit is giving away 1,000 kids’ PRESTO cards! 

This February, pick up a free kids’ PRESTO card at the Downtown Transit Terminal, 430 John St., and at various locations in the community. Follow Burlington Transit on Twitter for PRESTO card giveaway location details. Please bring proof of age, such as a birth certificate, to get a free kids’ PRESTO card. 

Have a PRESTO card and turning 13 soon?

Please change your PRESTO card from a kids’ card to a youth card so you are not charged the adult fare.

Travelling to Hamilton or Oakville?

A PRESTO card is required for all kids 12 and under when travelling on HSR in Hamilton and Oakville Transit. For more information, visit Oakville Transit or HSR.

Are you a Senior 65 or older?

Seniors ride for free on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. using a PRESTO card and at a reduced rate outside those hours.

Service changes coming Feb. 12, 2023

Starting Feb. 12, Routes 2 and 3 will provide service every 20 minutes on weekdays. All other schedule changes include adjustments to arrival times. This will improve connections to other bus routes and GO trains and buses. View the new schedules (routes 1, 2, 3, 10, 12, 25, 80 and 81) and plan your trip using

For more information on transit service in Burlington, visit or email You can also follow Burlington Transit on Twitter @BurlONTransit

Did you know?

In Sept. 2022, a staff report (TR-04-22) to City Council outlined that over the past two years, Burlington Transit (BT) has been working with the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) modelling BT’s route network to analyze the potential opportunity for electrification of its fleet. Staff plan to report back to City Council in Q2 2023 with a Zero-Emission Bus Fleet Implementation and Rollout Plan with a goal of launching a small pilot of four electric buses in 2024, pending budget approval.

Take Action Burlington! Let’s reduce our personal transportation emissions one step, pedal, or bus ride at a time. Collectively we can make a difference!

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