Toronto’s Comicon in-person return means a busier Union Station

The debut of one of Toronto’s first major in-person conventions in 2022 will see comic, sci-fi, horror, anime, and gaming fans flock via transit to the downtown core. Comicon is back at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for the weekend of Mar. 18-20. Here’s how PRESTO and GO Transit riders can plan ahead and save.

Batman? Is that really you on the GO train?

If you thought people went all out for Halloween, you’ve never been to Comicon.

Cosplay fans don their best capes, masks, and wigs – and many of them will jump on the GO and UP Express.

The big event, happening the weekend of Mar. 18-20 means customers across the GO and UP networks and at Union Station may see Toronto’s busiest transit hub looking more like something out of a Marvel movie or DC Universe.

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The Metro Toronto Convention Centre is just a short walk from Toronto’s Union Station. (Comicon photo)

The return of large in-person events at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – with direct access from Union Station – will see an increase of ridership as many fans will choose to travel to and from this unique comic and sci-fi experience using GO Transit and UP Express.

While everyone is encouraged to have fun on their way to the event, Metrolinx officials are asking attendees to be careful if travelling with realistic props like guns, swords, and any other replica weapons.

Passenger safety is always number one for Metrolinx, so transit officials ask that fans either leave fake weapons at home or keep them in a bag so they can’t be mistaken for the real thing.

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Remember to stow your blasters before jumping on the GO. (Comicon photo)

Saving money with PRESTO and GO Transit

Everyone knows taking transit means avoiding downtown traffic, but this year’s show attendees can also save money with their PRESTO card. Comicon fans can flash their PRESTO card at the box office to get a 20 per cent discount off admission for Friday Mar. 18 (on-site sales only).

If you’re leaving the Batmobile at home to avoid hefty downtown parking rates, check out the GO combo pass being offered for both single day passes or for the entire three-day convention. This gives customers a discount on their GO trip and entrance to Comicon. All the details are available here.

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Discounts are available when using PRESTO and taking transit. (Comicon photo)

If you’re just returning to transit, be sure your PRESTO card is loaded and ready for your next journey – hint, you can do it all on your smartphone with the PRESTO app.

Be sure to check weekend schedules before you head out the door.

Face coverings continue to be mandatory for both staff and customers on transit (no, your Stormtrooper mask doesn’t count). This is one of the many safety measures put in place over the course of the pandemic.

Story by Heather Glicksman, Metrolinx communications senior advisor