Hamilton – Location & Transportation


Getting around Hamilton

Hamilton is an easy city to get around even if you do not have your own transportation. The Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) operates a constant flow of buses along Main and King Streets (the city’s major east/west corridors), up the Niagara Escarpment (also known as “the mountain”), and into the nearby communities of Stoney Creek, Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough and Aldershot.

HSR buses are accessible to people with disabilities, and additional options are available for those who are unable to access fixed-route transit.

Hamilton’s new Bike Share program, SoBi Hamilton, offers an alternative way to get around the city, with bicycles available all over the city to program members. Car share programs are also available for those who want to drive in or around the city, but do not own a car.

Many projects are in progress to enhance Hamilton’s transportation system, including a second Go Transit station to open in 2015, and a new light rail system planned for 2019.

Travel between Hamilton and other cities

Hamilton is located in the middle of southern Ontario’s “Golden Horseshoe.” That is the name given to the communities that surround the shores of Lake Ontario. Hamilton’s position at the westernmost point of the lake means the city is close to many of Ontario’s major destinations.

St. Catharines and Niagara Falls are just 40 minutes southeast of the city, while Toronto is 40 minutes northeast. Smaller communities, like Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Guelph, Oakville, Burlington and London are all within an hour’s drive of the downtown core.

The City’s  downtown train station runs service for GO Transit, Coach Canada and Greyhound. Trains and buses run regularly from Hamilton to Toronto and Niagara Falls. This means weekend trips are easy and affordable. Board a train to Toronto and see the CN Tower, or hop on a bus to Niagara and see the world-famous Niagara Falls.

From Aldershot station in neighbouring Burlington, you can board Canada’s national rail service, VIA Rail, and travel anywhere in the country.

International travel to and from Hamilton

If you need an international option, Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport has daily flights to destinations in North America and the Caribbean. Canada’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson International Airport, is 40 minutes from Hamilton and accessible by Go Transit, as is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the Toronto Island.