Getting to Waterloo

Many transportation options are available to reach Waterloo and the School of Optometry & Vision Science at the University of Waterloo.

Campus Map

By Car

Car Rental listings are available at Kitchener-Waterloo Car Rentals and Online Reservations.

Directions to the School of Optometry & Vision Science at 200 Columbia Street West (Note: If using GPS the address 180 Columbia St. W. will bring you closer to the building location on Columbia):

  • From Highway 401 take exit 278 (from Toronto) or exit 278B (from London) to Highway 8 West Kitchener
  • Exit at Highway 85 to Waterloo
  • Exit at University Avenue West (immediately after University Avenue East exit)
  • Follow University Avenue West and turn right at Phillip Street
  • Turn left at Columbia Street West
  • The School is located just past the railway tracks on the right side of Columbia Street
  • Free Parking is available in Lot X behind the School of Optometry building. Accessible parking spots are located in front of the Main Clinic entrance. Parking is also available in Lot OV for a fee ($5.00 change on exit).


Two bus lines offer bus service directly to the University of Waterloo.


Go Transit

Coach Canada travels between Hamilton and nearby Kitchener.


Go Train service and Via Rail service are offered to the nearby city of Kitchener.

Via Rail offers a discount to University of Waterloo alumni.  Please see the website for details.

Air Travel

Westjet flies to the Waterloo Region airport. You may also wish to compare flights to Toronto, Hamilton or London. Local taxi services and airport transportation provide transportation to and from all of these airports.

If you are flying into Toronto, please note that Pearson Airport is a shorter drive to Waterloo compared to Billy Bishop Airport.  However, if you wish to take the train or bus from Toronto to Kitchener-Waterloo, you can more easily access these modes of transportation by flying into Billy Bishop Airport. 

Waterloo Region International Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport

Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport

John C. Monroe Hamilton International Airport 

London International Airport

Airport Transportation

See taxi services listed under "Getting Around Waterloo" as well, as many will provide transportation to airports.

Airways Transit


Kitchener Airport Limo

Red Car Service

Stagecoach Limousine

Vista Ride Service

The Wright Limousine Service

Getting Around Waterloo

  • Check with your hotel, some offer shuttle services to the University.
  • Grand River Transit provides local bus service in Waterloo, Kitchener, Cambridge, Elmira and St. Jacobs.
  • Taxi Services: Taxis can be used around town and some will also travel to airports.

Golden Triangle Taxi

City Cabs

United Taxi

Waterloo Taxi

Disclaimer: This transportation information is provided for your convenience. The Conference Committee and the University of Waterloo do not recommend, guarantee or endorse any particular transportation service.