Public transport in Kingston

Arriving in Kingston

By Rail

Kingston’s VIA Rail Station offers a total of 22 different departures daily. It provides service to such major cities as Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto.

What has been called the new Bike Train has made the introduction of bike racks on many passenger trains that crisscross across Ontario, making it easy for students to bring their bikes to ride once they disembark the train.

By Bus

Offering 25 daily departures, Coach Canada/Trentway-Wager Bus Lines run from the City of Kingston terminal to cities like Toronto, Peterborough and Cornwall. They also provide charter, passenger and cargo services from Kingston.

Greyhound Bus Lines is also present in Canada, offering service to and from the Kingston terminal vie three departures and arrivals to Ottawa daily. They also provide Courier Express cargo services through Parbus Courier Service.

By Shuttle

Operating from the Kingston and Syracuse Airports and Amtrak, there’s a service called Shuttle Kingston. It offers on-demand services with a schedule that runs twice daily. You may visit them online to view the schedule.

Home Run Airport Shuttle is yet another option for airport travel, operating 24/7. It runs from Kingston to airports in Rochester, Buffalo, Ogdensburg, Watertown and Syracuse.

By Air

There are nine daily departures and arrivals from Toronto's Pearson International Airport and Norman Rogers Airport. There are also flights servicing Kingston via Air Ontario or Voyageur Airlines.

Moving around Kingston

Getting around Kingston is very simple. You’ll find that many vibrant areas are close to the university campus, making it easy to get to and from your favorite locales.

Since buses are free to students, be sure to take some time to really explore the city. Some incoming international students choose to ride the bus around for a loop to familiarize themselves with Kingston, which is a fantastic idea! You’ll see parks, shopping and dining that can’t be missed. You can hop off the bus for a visit, or you can make a mental note to come back later. The option is up to you!

Kingston’s public transportation system is vast, and it offers a variety of ways to purchases tickets and passes. For students, however, you can ride the bus for free by showing your student I.D. card. If you ever leave it at home, a single ticket paid in only coins is $3, while a monthly pass is around $56. There’s also a handy Tripplanner to help you plan all of your journeys.

There are bus stations and stops dotted all across the city, with the main bus station at 1175 John Counter Boulevard, which offers connections to outer lying areas as well.

Via Rail also offers journeys to multiple cities and locations throughout Ontario and Quebec, providing you with plenty of options for a day trip or two.

The Wolfe Island Ferry is offered on a free basis, and it is the ideal way to visit beautiful Wolfe Island and its picturesque beaches and abundant wildlife.

Of course, cycling is very popular in Kingston, especially around the City Centre and other popular student neighborhoods, such as Calvin Park. Plus, it’s a very safe way of transport, as that there is a large network of paths throughout the city.


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