Travel to University of Waterloo

 

 

Air

The closest major airport is the Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Toronto, ON – approximately one hour east of Kitchener-Waterloo.

The Region of Waterloo International Aiport (YKF) is 20 km (about 30 minutes by car) from Waterloo's main campus. The airport is served by WestJet (direct flights to Calgary) and American Airlines (direct flights to Chicago).

  • Airways Transit connects Toronto (Pearson), Hamilton (Munro), and Region of Waterloo Intl. Airports within the Kitchener-Waterloo area by providing 24 hour shared ride door-to-door service.

    Toronto airport

    For Toronto Pearson airport transfers we have obtained a reduced conference fare of $58.00 per person, one way, tax included. To receive the reduced fare you must book in advance and identify yourself as an ASL 2013 delegate when making your reservation.

    • Hamilton airport - 1 passenger: $90.00/ 2 passengers: $125.00.
    • Region of Waterloo Intl. airport - 1-2 passengers: $52.00/ 3-4 passengers: $79.00
    • All fares shown are one way, tax included~Advance reservations are required. Contact Airways Transit to make your reservations.

      Online: http://conferences.airwaystransit.com

      Enter Booking Code: ASL 2013 (enter exactly as shown)

      By phone: 519-886-2121 24 hours

  • Two or more people traveling together might prefer to rent a car at the airport and drive to Waterloo.

 

Car

From highway 401

  • Take exit 278 (from Toronto) or exit 278B (from London) to highway 8 WEST Kitchener/Waterloo
    • From Buffalo and Niagara Falls, follow the Queen Elizabeth Way in the "Toronto" direction to highway 403 WEST (1 hour); follow 403 WEST to highway 6 NORTH; follow 6 North to highway 401 WEST; follow 401 West to exit 278 (45 min.); proceed as below.
  • Follow 8 WEST to 7 EAST (called the Conestoga Parkway). Be sure to take the exit for 7 EAST (not 7 WEST)
  • Keep left; do not exit on 7 EAST (Victoria Street and Guelph). Expressway becomes 85 NORTH (formerly 86).
  • Exit at University Avenue West and drive about 3 km
  • Follow University Avenue to Seagram Drive – the main entrance to the University of Waterloo.
    • Visitor parking is available in several locations on campus. Please refer to our parking map to help you make a decision regarding where you would like to park when you arrive.
    • The cost for the day ranges from $5 to $15. Check the Visitor Parking section on the Parking Services website that lists up-to-date rates for each lot.
    • The Visitors Centre is located in South Campus Hall (SCH) at the main entrance to campus.
    • See Waterloo's campus map for locations.

Alternate route to Waterloo's north entrance: To reach Waterloo's north entrance from University Avenue, turn right onto Phillip Street (first set of lights past Albert Street), then left onto Columbia Street. Turn left into the University of Waterloo.

Train

A VIA Rail train station is located at 126 Weber Street West in Kitchener, ON – Waterloo's twin city.

  • To reach Waterloo's main campus you'll need to take a bus or hire a taxi.

Bus

The main bus terminal for the area is located at 15 Charles Street West, in Kitchener. It is serviced by Greyhound and GO Transit., as well as local Grand River Transit (GRT). There are also some Greyhound and GO Transit routes that directly service the University of Waterloo.

Taxi

Local taxis are usually waiting outside the train or bus station. If you need to call for one, we recommend the following companies: 

  • Waterloo Taxi – 519-886-1200
  • United Taxi – 519-888-9999
  • City Cabs – 519-747-7777 

It will cost approximately $16 CDN to travel from the bus terminal (Charles St. Transit Terminal) or Kitchener Train Station to Waterloo's main campus.  Fares vary depending on the traffic.

Local transit

Local bus service – provided by Grand River Transit (GRT) – covers the cities of Waterloo, Kitchener, and Cambridge. Bus terminals are located at 15 Charles Street West, in Kitchener, and 35 Ainslie Street South, in Cambridge. If you are taking public transit to the campus, please bring money for bus fares or to purchase adult bus tickets. The bus cash fare is $3.00 CDN.
To reach Waterloo's main campus from the Charles Street terminal, you can take any of the following routes to the University of Waterloo. You can also plan your route on the GRT website!
iXpress - (Recommended Route)

  • Monday to Friday until 6:00pm - departs every 15 minutes from the Charles St. Terminal
  • Monday to Friday after 6:00pm, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays - departs every 30 minutes from the Charles St. Terminal
  • University of Waterloo stop - Davis Centre

Route 7D or 7E – Mainline

  • Departs every 15 minutes from the Charles St. Terminal
  • University of Waterloo stops - Davis Centre or B.C. Matthews Hall

Route 8 - University/Fairview

  • Departs every 30 minutes from the Charles St. Terminal
  • University of Waterloo stop - corner of University Avenue and Seagram Drive

 

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