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Best Canadian Cities for Public Transit

Following on our ranking of the best U.S. cities for public transit earlier this year, today we’re announcing our first ranking of the best Canadian cities for public transit.

We’ve calculated the Transit Score of 38 Canadian cities and almost 1,000 neighborhoods to help you find an apartment for rent or home for sale with a better commute and more transportation choices.

In comparison to the United States, Toronto and Montreal score better than any large U.S. city except New York and San Francisco. And Vancouver, with a Transit Score of 74, trounces nearby Seattle (our home town), with a Transit Score of 57.

The Best Large Canadian Cities for Public Transit

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Here is our Transit Score ranking of Canadian cities with more than 500,000 residents:

Rank City Transit Score
1 Toronto 78
2 Montréal 77
3 Vancouver 74
4 Winnipeg 51
5 Ottawa 49
6 Brampton 48
7 Québec 46
8 Edmonton 44
9 Calgary 43
10 Hamilton 42

Click on the cities in the list above to explore the best neighborhoods for public transit.

Transit Score Ranking Methodology

The rankings are based on our Transit Score algorithm, which measures how well a location is served by public transit. Addresses with a Transit Score of 90-100 are considered a “Rider’s Paradise.” Places with a score of 70–89 have Excellent Transit. Scores of 50–69 indicate places with Good Transit and ratings of 49 or lower indicate areas with Some or Minimal Transit options. Read the Transit Score methodology.

Find Apartments Near Public Transit

There’s growing evidence that living near good public transportation is a smart decision. For example, living near public transit can save you money. Transportation is the 2nd largest household expense in Canada. Taking public transit is cheaper than owning a car. And living near good public transit might just make you happier — after all, nobody likes being stuck in traffic.

Walk Score Apartment Search helps you find apartments near public transit.  For example, here’s a map of rentals within a 30 minute public transit commute of Downtown Vancouver.

Apartments within a 30 minute public transit commute of Vancouver.

Apartments within a 30 minute public transit commute of Downtown Vancouver.

Take Walk Score on the Go

Our award-winning Walk Score iPhone and Android apps let you take Walk Score on the go in Canada.  You can use our apps to get the Walk Score of any location and find apartments and rentals.

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4 Responses to “Best Canadian Cities for Public Transit”

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  2. William Pitcher Says:

    Umm, Mississauga has a population of more than 700,000 residents. So, why isn’t it included in your list of Canadian cities with more than 500,000 residents.

    Did you include it as part of Toronto? That would not make sense as it is vastly different than Toronto in terms of transit, layout of neighbourhoods, age and walkability. Plus, Mississauga is the sixth largest city in Canada on its own.

    Cheers, Bill.

  3. Matt Lerner Says:

    Hi Bill,

    We do list Mississauga separately:
    http://www.walkscore.com/CA-ON/Mississauga

    But we do not have a Transit Score yet for Mississauga because we do not have public transit data from MiWay yet. Hopefully this transit agency will provide a data feed soon.

    Thanks!
    Matt

  4. Edmonton Notes for 3/16/2014 - MasterMaq's Blog Says:

    […] Score has produced a list of the best Canadian cities for public transit, and Edmonton comes in at number 8. That’s slightly ahead of Calgary, but far behind Toronto, […]

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