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Winnipeg Transit Guide: Getting Around The Peg

PUBLIC TRANSIT. Winnipeg Transit buses cost $2.50. Bus fare is cash only, but you can purchase tickets and monthly passes at select retail outlets. If you decide to jump on another bus, don’t forget to grab a transfer ticket from the bus driver as soon as you board.  Your transfer is valid for 90 minutes.

Visit the Winnipeg Transit website to find current routes and schedules.  The site includes a user-friendly trip planner that will help you map out an exact route. If you know the stop number you’ll be getting picked up at, call Winnipeg Transit’s Telebus at 204-287-7433 to get your automated schedule. You can also call from the stop; the number will be posted on a sign there.

For more information on public transit in Winnipeg, please visit the Winnipeg Transit website, or call 311 from within the city limits.

TAXI. Don’t try and hail a cab on the street—that’s not done here. Instead, call one of the two main taxi companies (see below) and have them collect you, or book a vehicle online. They’ll usually pick you up within 20 minutes. Here are the numbers:

• Unicity: 204-925-3131, unicitytaxi.mb.ca
• Duffy’s: 204-925-0101, duffystaxi.com

The standard starting rate for a cab in the city is $3.50, with an additional $1.71 for per kilometre.

DRIVING & PARKING. Driving is the main way Winnipeggers get around the city, and visitors will find an advantage to having a rental car at their disposal. Parking is usually easy: there are over 32,000 parking spots in downtown Winnipeg. From 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. parking is $1 to $2 per hour.  In the evening, parking downtown is free. On Saturdays you get two hours of free parking, while on Sundays parking is free all day. If you prefer a more convenient option, park in one of the city’s many parking lots or garages. Rates go from $4 to $10 during the day and $1 to $6 after 6 p.m.