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Ground Transportation

By Ground from the Toronto Airport

Convenient ground transportation from Toronto (Pearson) Airport to Waterloo is provided by Airways Transit and car rental.

For transportation to and from the airport you should make a reservation before arrival.

Airways Transit Shuttle

Airways Transit provides shared ride door-to-door service between Kitchener-Waterloo and the Toronto (YYZ) and Hamilton (YHM) airports. Please note that advanced reservations are required.

For Toronto airport transfers we have obtained a reduced conference rate of $45.00 per person, one way, tax included. Please indicate the conference name "ISSAC 2007" when making your reservation to receive the correct rate when you reserve online at ( or by phone 519-886-2121). All reservations require prepayment by credit card at time of booking. No shows are charged at full fare and cancellations made less than 12 hours prior to flight arrival or less than 12 hours prior to pick-up time will be charged at full fare. Payment Options: VISA, MASTERCARD, AMEX, DINERS.

Hamilton to Waterloo fare is $70.

Car Rental

Renting a car is easy, cost effective, and will allow you access to the many of the interesting and beautiful places around Southern Ontario. All major car rental companies rent from the Toronto and Hamilton airports at competitive rates. We suggest using Expedia or Travelocity to obtain price comparisons.

Travel From Other Locations

By Car

To reach the University Waterloo by car:

  1. From Highway 401, take exit 278B (coming from London) or 278 (coming from Toronto)
  2. Follow Highway 8 West to Highway 85 North (formerly 86 North) - Waterloo
  3. Take the exit University Avenue West
  4. Follow University Avenue for 3km - campus will be on your right after the railroad tracks
  5. Distance from Highway 401 to campus is approximately 18 km.
  6. Stop at the UW entrance kiosk for parking information and directions. Visitor parking is available near the main entrance. Conference Parking information available soon.
A map of this route.

By Train

Waterloo is serviced by VIA Rail at the Kitchener Station. For travelers coming from the US, there is connecting service to VIA from Amtrak. From the direction of Detroit or Chicago, service is relatively direct. From the direction of New York, service goes though Toronto, and is quite indirect.

By Bus

Waterloo is serviced by Greyhound Bus Lines Kitchener Station. For travelers coming from the US, Greyhound USA offers connections to Greyhound Canada.

Local Bus

Local bus service is provided by Grand River Transit (GRT) and covers the cities of Waterloo, and Kitchener. The Charles St. Transit Terminal is near both the Greyhound and VIA stations, and provides several routes to the University of Waterloo.

This file last modified 06/05/07