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Transportation from the Airport

Infographic about arrivals Pearson Airport

Getting to Guelph

Private Transportation

For a more direct trip to the university or your final destination, you may use one of these services offered at the airport. Please be advised that these services are faster but much more expensive than using public transportation. Regardless of your method of travel, confirm your car and driver are those you requested prior to getting into a vehicle.

Red Car Service

This is the most popular option. Red Car offers a direct shuttle from the airport to Guelph. The minimum rate is $86 depending on the service selected. It is advisable to book online in advance. Visit the Red Car website for more information and to book your trip. You can use the code “UG student” to receive $15 off your first trip.

Uber

Uber is another popular option among students. While the rate from YYZ airport to Guelph varies, it is usually between $80-$110. One perk of using Uber is that you can book a car via the mobile app when you are ready to leave the airport, and it will arrive within a few minutes. You need to download the mobile Uber app and link a credit card to your account prior to booking an Uber.

Toronto Airport Taxis/Limo Services

You may also book a private taxi to Guelph from the airport. These taxis offer a flat rate between $116 and $150 depending on the company. A credit card is usually needed to book these prior to your arrival. Please note that these are private companies that may charge for additional luggage. Tipping your driver is also usually expected. If you wish to use this service, you can do an online search for "Toronto Airport Taxis". It is also possible to book a taxi at Toronto Airport, at either Terminal 1 or 3 at Arrivals Level.

Public Transportation

Public Transportation is a great way of getting to Guelph. We encourage you to plan your trip in advance and to get all the necessary directions before you arrive in Canada. We have outlined some instructions for getting to the University using various means of public transportation. Please note that accessibility, frequency, and schedules will vary depending on the time of day and may have changed due to COVID-19. Make sure to check the public transportation website for the most accurate information before you leave.

You can use Google MapsRome2rio or Triplinx to help you plan your trip from Toronto or Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Guelph. Note that using public transit is a cheaper option but may require more time to get to Guelph.

Go Transit

Go Transit offers two means of travel: the Go Bus and Go Train.

  1. Go Bus

Total Cost: Approximately $17
Travel Time: 2.5 hours

  • Take Bus 7 (Airport Terminal) towards Southbound ($4 – exact change).
  • Disembark at City Centre Transit Terminal or Square One.
  • Walk to Square One GO Bus Terminal.
  • Purchase a ticket at a GO ticket vending machine or a customer service outlet for route Guelph/Mississauga westbound to Guelph ($12.75)
  • Take the Guelph/Mississauga Bus 29 to the University of Guelph.
  1. Go Train

Total Cost: Approximately $32
Travel Time: 2 hours
**Note: Trains are available in evenings during weekdays. Check the Kitchener (30-31-33) schedule in advance.

  1. Take the UP Express Train from Terminal 1 or 3 at Pearson Airport towards Union Station ($12.35 – you can buy ticket online or at the machines).
  2. Disembark from the UP Express Union Station and follow the signs for the GO Train Platform.
  3. Purchase a ticket at a GO ticket vending machine or a customer service outlet for route Kitchener (Westbound towards Kitchener), destination Guelph ($16.15).
  4. Take the GO Train towards Kitchener (Destination: Guelph).
  5. Disembark at Guelph Central GO Station.
  6. Take a City of Guelph Transit bus to University Centre in Guelph (bus 5 - Gordon, or other buses that going to the UC). Prepare $4 – exact change for Guelph Transit.
  7. Be sure to ask the driver if you are not sure.