It turns out when it comes to saving money in the Greater Toronto Area, it really is like choosing the lesser of two evils. While many people are choosing to move out of the city for cheaper housing, they end up getting stuck with astronomical commuting costs.
While there are transit options like the GO Train coming into Toronto, 67% of commuters still choose to the drive into the city. The cost of driving from different parts of the GTA was just revealed and some places have it way worse than others.
According to a map from CMCH, published originally by CBC, for a single person to drive into the city, the monthly commuting costs can range anywhere from $200 to over $800. Understandably, places that are farther away are more expensive, but these towns have it the absolute worst.
In Georgina, which is north, and Clarington in the east, the monthly commuting costs are at least $800. This estimated cost includes the price of gas, insurance, and anything else pertaining to owning and driving a car every day.
While those places have it the worst, other parts of the GTA aren't much better. Halton Hills, Uxbridge, East Gwillimbury, and Oshawa all cost around $600 - $800 to commute from. Just below that Burlington, Milton, Caledon, King City, Newmarket, and Whitby all have monthly commuting costs between $500 and $600.
On the lower end of the scale, Oakville, Aurora, Whitchurch-Stouffville, and Ajax have monthly costs around $400 - $500. The lowest commuting costs outside of the city are $200 - $400 and they are in Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Markham, and Pickering.
The only place where the monthly commuting cost is potentially less than $200 is in Toronto itself, but then you potentially are facing higher living costs, which often cancels out any commuting savings.
Commuting costs to Toronto from places like Georgina, Oshawa, Clarington, Whitby, and Halton Hills are high, but the housing prices are significantly lower. Making your total monthly expenses still a lot less than in Toronto. The real question then becomes - how much of your life do you want to waste in transit?