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Arranging transportation to Waterloo

To arrange travel from the airport to the University, there are some transportation options. For example, you can book a seat with Airways Transit, or another shuttle service. There are also several taxi and limousine companies, but these tend to be more expensive options.

While at the airport, beware of drivers who solicit passengers inside the terminals. These are unlicensed taxis and limos that charge more than the regulated rates. Look for signage throughout the airport to identify verified transportation services. 

Travel from another Canadian city

There are ground travel options available for you if you are planning to arrive to Waterloo from another Canadian city: 

  • Bus: GO Transit and Airways Transit are two popular options. Book your ticket at least two months before you plan to travel. Most companies limit the amount of luggage you can carry, so check with them ahead of time to ensure that your luggage falls within the limits.​
  • Rental Car: Canadians drive on the right-hand side of the road. To rent a car, most rental companies in Canada require you to be at least 21-years-old. If you are under 25, you may have to pay for additional insurance.
  • Train: If you’re located more than four hours away, consider taking the train to Waterloo. VIA Rail is Canada’s passenger train network. Go Transit has limited train service to Waterloo from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
  • If you choose to arrive by train, the train station is quite far from campus and you would need to use public transit, or Taxi/Uber to get to Waterloo. 
  • Pearson Airport is the main airport that students attending UWaterloo arrive through.
  • If you are arriving between August 28 to September 10, you can look for University of Waterloo representatives in Terminal 1 who can help you navigate the airport and answer questions about coming to campus. 

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