Learn how to navigate the TTC
Your public transit solutions all run through the Toronto Transit Commission. While Toronto does have a subway, one local told me, “The Metro’s not confusing because it basically doesn’t exist.” There are two main subway lines: one running north-south, and the other running east-west. To get anywhere in between, take the streetcars, which run along major thoroughfares. The Metro runs until about 1:30am; buses go later. (The one that runs down Yonge Street is affectionately known as the Vomit Comet, for example.) Some streetcars also run 24 hours, so consult the schedule before heading out to see if this’ll be an option to get you home.
Take the train from the airport
Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is a looooong way from the city center, and if you arrive at the wrong time a cab ride can take over an hour, and cost you $75. The new Union Pearson -- or UP -- train, however, takes riders straight from the airport to Union Station downtown in a clean, sleek train in 25 minutes for just over $12 CAD. Even if you can expense car rides, the train is always the way to go if you’re going anywhere near downtown.