Aurora is a small town, despite huge growth in recent years, so getting around is easy most of the time. Public transit is provided by York Region Transit and VIVA (bus rapid transit system). GO Transit runs commuter trains several times daily into central Toronto and drivers can access the GTA using Yonge Street (which stretches from Lake Ontario to Lake Simcoe) or Highway 404, which forms the eastern edge of Aurora and leads to the Don Valley Expressway. Highway 400, which heads up to northern Ontario, is located several kilometres west of the town. Residents of Aurora enjoy easy access to the rest of the GTA and a large portion of Aurora's population are commuters who use the town as a bedroom community.
Aurora's town centre is found along Yonge Street and contains a variety of commercial and retail businesses, while shoppers will find most of what they need, including grocery stores and shopping plazas, along Yonge Street, Bayview Avenue, and Davis Drive (in the north end).
Major employers in Aurora include State Farm Insurance, two major publishing companies, and two automotive components suppliers (including the famous Magna International). Aurora offers students a wide range of schools, with four high schools (public and Catholic) and numerous elementary schools. The town also offers St Andrew's College, a private school for boys. Students attending university and college are able to quickly travel to several universities and colleges which operate campuses across the GTA.