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GO Transit announces holiday schedules, special weekend passes and more

Travelling with GO Transit over the holidays? Here’s what you need to know about schedules. And some good news about weekend passes. Plus, an update on New Year’s Eve service.

Holiday travels can be stressful, but planning ahead can help bring some calm to the chaos.

That’s why GO Transit is giving customers the heads up on what they can expect later this month and a chance to save some money while they’re at it.

Let’s start with holiday schedules, and what that means for travel.

Holiday schedules

GO will operate on a holiday schedule on the following dates:

Christmas Day December 25, 2021 Sunday schedule 
Boxing Day December 26, 2021 Sunday schedule 
Christmas Day (observed) December 27, 2021 Saturday schedule 
Boxing Day (observed) December 28, 2021 Saturday schedule 
New Year’s Day January 1, 2022 Saturday schedule 
New Year’s Day (observed) January 3, 2022 Saturday schedule 

Holiday schedules mean service on these days will run according to the Saturday or Sunday schedule specified for each route. Please note that some GO Transit routes do not offer weekend service — customers should check your specific schedule for information about weekend service.

On Monday, Dec. 27, Tuesday, Dec. 28, and Monday, Jan. 3, the UP Express will also be running on a weekend/holiday schedule.

a GO train waits at a Union Station platform, before heading back out into the snow.
In this shot taken in early 2020, a GO train waits at a Union Station platform, before heading back out into the snow. (Metrolinx photo)

Early homebound and NYE

This year, there will be early homebound trips on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 on the Richmond Hill and Milton GO Lines. As in previous years when early homebound was offered, some afternoon trips on both lines will be cancelled. Some morning trips on the Milton line will also be cancelled.

As in 2020, GO Transit will not be offering free rides on New Year’s Eve. For both early homebound trips and New Year’s Eve trip information, customers should check their schedules.

Weekend passes

GO customers can use a weekend pass for a longer period over the holidays. Between both Dec. 25-28 and Jan. 1-3, customers can get unlimited travel for just $15, one day passes are still $10. Weekend passes are available online only. Click here to buy your e-tickets

Story by Suniya Kukaswadia, Metrolinx media relations senior advisor

**Editor’s Note – the story was updated to reflect the UP Express holiday schedules**