Travel options from Waterloo

Posted by Patrick Lam on Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Travel options from Waterloo

I’ve tried to figure out various options for carless transportation from Waterloo. Here’s what I’ve discovered.

To Pearson Airport

  • Airways Transit option 1, door-to-door: 1.5hr, $80 for one direction. You have to wait for everyone to get on and off. They do tend to drive at reasonable highway speed.
  • Airways Transit option 2, Airporter: 2 hours from the UW Student Life Centre, limited schedules (departs 6am, 10:45am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm; returns 8:15am, 1:30pm, 3:15pm, 6:13pm) and even less on weekends. $46 per direction.
  • Greyhound to Toronto ($22, 1.5 hours) and Pearson airport express ($20). About the same cost as the Airporter, but more hassle and more schedules available. Cheaper if you have a student card.
  • Get to Mississauga Square One (works if you can take the FEDS bus) and then take the GO service to the airport ($3.50). Can be extremely cheap, if you can make it work for you, and probably isn’t all that slow either.

To Buffalo Airport

All reasonable options cost about $65.

  • Take Coach Canada to Hamilton (dep 8:30, 1.25 hours, $16) at 8:30. Take to BUF (dep 11:30, 2.25 hours, $50). For the return, there is a shuttle at 7:30PM, but then no good way of getting back to Kitchener that evening.
  • There is a 3 hour Greyhound from Hamilton that departs at 10pm, but that is pretty horrible.
  • For returning from BUF to Kitchener, there is also a 6:30pm Coach Canada schedule that arrives at 10:30pm; that requires a taxi to the bus station ($15, I’m told). The whole is comparable in cost to the jetways shuttle.