Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide: Getting Around
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Nuit Blanche 2013 Guide: Getting Around

Focus on the the art, not the ride home. Here's how to navigate the chaos properly.

Photo by Neal Jennings via Flickr

Photo by Neal Jennings via Flickr.

How you navigate Nuit Blanche can make or break your experience. A little forethought will help you reach exhibits without questioning why you bothered to brave the crowds. With that in mind, here are some tips for getting around.

Read the online schedules. Take a look at the Blue Night schedules on the TTC’s website. Knowing where buses and streetcars are running and where there’s zero service will prevent you from waiting for a vehicle that never arrives.

Be patient. Transit service may not be as speedy as your weary body desires. You may want to strangle your fellow passengers for misbehaving, but maintaining a calm, courteous demeanour will improve everyone’s trip home. If you’re stuck on a miserable ride, talk to your fellow commuters. You may receive tips on what to see or avoid.

Leave the car at home. There’s no need to drive into the heart of Nuit Blanche, because GO and the TTC offer commuter parking. If you have to bring a private vehicle into the core, use a bicycle.

Avoid Queen Street West as a route home until long after the bars empty out. The mixture of Nuit Blanche crowds headed to exhibits as far west as the Gladstone Hotel, the Saturday night bar scene, cabs, streetcars waiting for a clearing, and people insisting on driving into the chaos can raise anyone’s blood pressure.

And here are some other important details:

Street Closures During Nuit Blanche 2013

  • University Avenue/Queen’s Park Crescent, between Charles and Richmond. Only the northbound lanes will be shut—southbound lanes will remain open.
  • Bay Street, between Dundas and Wellington streets.
  • Queen Street, between Victoria Street and University Avenue.
  • King Street, between Yonge and Peter streets.


Extended subway service will be offered until 7:30 a.m. along the Bloor-Danforth line, from Keele to Woodbine station, and along the Yonge-University-Spadina line, from St. Clair West to Eglinton station. Shuttle buses from St. Clair West station will service commuter lots at Wilson and Downsview stations. The rest of the bus and streetcar network will operate on normal Blue Night service schedules. You’ll see higher-than-normal percentages of people sleeping in their seats, and inebriated passengers doing chin-ups on the handrails.

A special Nuit Blanche day pass is available at all TTC collector booths for $10.75. Each pass is good for unlimited travel for up to two adults and four children between the start of service Saturday morning until 9 a.m. on Sunday. It’s a great way of checking out the more remote exhibits, and it allows you to pack in a full Saturday of roaming the city.


GO will be offering a long list of special services to Union Station for Nuit Blanche. Passengers using the Barrie, Kitchener, Milton, Richmond Hill, and Stouffville lines will have one train each way, while each of the Lakeshore lines will have regular Saturday service into the city and two late-return trains. Group passes are available for up to two adults and three children.

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