Traveling to Waterloo
If you live more than 50 km from Waterloo, your travel costs will be covered (up to the price of an economy flight if you need to fly), and we will book your accommodations at no cost to you. Also, for those travelling further that need a travel day on Thursday, teacher release subsidy can be provided on a case-by-case basis.
The Region of Waterloo airport is much smaller than the Toronto Pearson airport and has limited flights. It is a good choice if there is a reasonable connection.
To travel from these airports to the summer school, participants can rent a car or use a shuttle, taxi, or limo service. The typical travel time from the Region of Waterloo airport to the Institute for Quantum Computing is about 30 minutes if traffic is clear. The typical travel time from the Toronto Pearson airport or the John C. Munro Hamilton airport to the Institute for Quantum Computing is about 1 hour if traffic is clear.
Shuttle services such as Airways Transit provide services including door-to-door airport service to Kitchener-Waterloo. A one-way trip from the Toronto Pearson airport is approximately $90 for 1 passenger. There is a discount if two or more people book together. Advance reservation is required for all services.
GO Transit is an inter-regional transit service in Ontario that includes bus and train service to Kitchener-Waterloo. The GO bus service reaches Waterloo with over 30 buses a day from Toronto to the Region of Waterloo, including many buses that stop at the University of Waterloo main campus. The GO train service reaches Kitchener with a few trains each day at peak times. Travellers can reach the University of Waterloo from the Kitchener GO Station via a 10 minute trip by taxi or a 30 minute trip by public transit.
Greyhound Canada offers bus service to cities and towns across North America. Greyhound service reaches Kitchener's Charles St. Terminal with over 20 buses a day from Toronto to Kitchener and many other bus routes in the region. Travellers can reach the University of Waterloo from the Charles St. Bus Terminal via a 10 minute trip by taxi or a 30 minute trip by public transit.
From the east or west, the University of Waterloo can be reached:
- Follow Ontario Highway 401 to exit 278.
- Take exit 278 to merge onto Highway 8 West.
- Take the Highway 7 East/Highway 85 North exit towards Guelph/Waterloo.
- Merge onto Highway 7 East, which become Conestoga Parkway, which becomes Highway 85 North.
- Take the University Avenue West exit.
- Follow University Avenue West until you reach the University of Waterloo. The university will be on your right.
Please note that citizens of some countries may need a visa to enter Canada. If you need a visa, please apply early. You may need the confirmation letter of acceptance to the conference for a visa application.
For questions about travel, please email Kimberly Kuntz.