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Submitted on Apr 15, 2018 Useful Info

Common payment methods in Toronto

Here are some of the good things to know if you're visiting Toronto from other countries:

  • Credit card is probably the best way to pay for things, as it's pretty much accepted everywhere.
  • Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted. If you have one of these you most likely won't have any issues getting around. I live here and I barely carry cash with me on a day-to-day basis.
  • American Express is hit or miss. Many large supermarkets don't even accept it. Travel businesses likely will.
  • Tiny restaurants and businesses (especially ethnic businesses) might have minimum charge or credit card charge for using cards. Only in rare instances do they outright not accept credit cards.
  • I've seen UnionPay stickers more often, but still very rare. I've seen JCB, Discovery logos on businesses too, but extremely rarely.
  • Taxis all accept major credit cards. The drivers sometimes don't want to, so confirm with them before you get on so (I always do this - on the rare occasions that I actually do take a taxi instead of Uber)
  • Have a bit of cash on hand just in case for incidentals. Have like $40 with you and replenish when you draw it down
  • Most businesses also accept debit cards, but only if your debit card is on the Interac network (which is a Canadian network, so you likely don't have a debit card that works here).