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Recognizing the importance of the motor coach tour industry to Toronto and the significant number of school and tour groups arriving by bus, Toronto was one of the first cities in North America to implement wide-scale, free on-street parking for motor coaches. The City of Toronto has identified approximately 75 parking spaces exclusively for use by buses in the downtown Core, surrounding Central Business District and Portlands areas.
Buses are allowed to park for durations ranging from a maximum of 1 hour up to a maximum of 24 hours. Traffic conditions dictate that some of these parking spaces are not available at all hours of the day. However, all spaces are offered free of charge to bus operators. Construction in the central area of Toronto often requires the closure of the curb lane of a road for up to 4 years to enable construction of major developments. In some instances, this might eliminate on-street parking spaces for buses.
The City of Toronto website provides detailed information and maps outlining the specific bus and motor coach parking locations in each area of the city, the number of spots available and hours when parking is permitted.
In addition to the designated motor coach parking spaces available, buses can also park in “pay & display” parking areas on Toronto streets as long as adequate space is available and in accordance with any maximum time restrictions, rush hour parking bans and other signed parking restrictions. Drivers need to purchase a ticket from a nearby machine located on the sidewalk and place the ticket face side up on the windshield of the bus.
Motor coach and bus drivers may legally “stop” to pick-up or drop-off passengers in any area where a “No Parking” or “No Standing” regulation is posted provided the vehicle is actually engaged in these activities. Motor coaches and buses may not park or wait in these areas for groups to arrive and will be subject to traffic violation fines if doing so.
At certain locations where there is a high demand for passenger pick-up/drop-off “Motor Coach Loading Areas” are identified with advisory signs. Look for advisory signs at these locations:
While the City of Toronto does not operate any off-street parking facilities suitable for motor coaches and buses, some privately operated parking lots do offer varying hourly, daily and flat rates per stay. Drivers are encouraged to contact independent parking lot operators directly for details relating to their location. Some lots are listed below:
Toronto is pleased to welcome thousands of motor coaches and buses to our city on an annual basis. The City of Toronto Transportation Services department is continually striving to improve and increase motor coach and bus parking spaces where feasible and encourages drivers to utilize parking areas provided to avoid parking and traffic violations.
Motor coaches and buses parked or waiting in a “No Parking”, “No Standing” or “No Stopping” zone and not loading/unloading passengers could be subject to a $300.00 CDN parking fine. Toronto also enforces an “Anti-Idling” by-law which prohibits idling of a motor coach or bus for more than one minute. Please turn off your engines in respect of our environment and to avoid fines.
Toronto welcomes motor coaches and buses and encourages drivers to abide by local traffic and parking regulations. In the event that you do receive a traffic violation ticket and you wish to dispute the matter, the City of Toronto website outlines the dispute process.