Transportation to and Around Kingston

Kingston's Location

Centrally located between Toronto and Montreal, Kingston is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario. Ottawa is 200 kilometres to the northeast, while the American border is a short 25-minute drive away. There are frequent rail connections and 13 flights daily to and from Toronto.  The city is at the head of both the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Thousand Islands, two of Ontario's outstanding scenic areas, and is only a short distance from provincial and national parks which allow for camping, hiking, canoeing, and other outdoor activities.

Getting to Kingston
By Train, Bus, or Air

  • Train service to Kingston arrives at the Kingston VIA Rail Station.  There are many trains each day as Kingston is on the mail rail corridor between Toronto and Montreal.  There are also regular connections to and from Ottawa.
  • Bus service arrives at the Counter Street Bus TerminalMegabus operates a direct bus service between Toronto's Pearson Airport and Kingston.
  • Air Canada (part of Star Alliance) operates flights from Toronto's Pearson International Airport which arrive at Kingston's Norman Rogers Airport.  If you are flying from the Gulf to Kingston, you will likely connect through Frankfurt, London, or Istanbul.  Once you arrive in Canada and clear Canadian Immigration, then you can take your connecting flight to Kingston.
  • The Queen's campus is about a $15 taxi ride from station, terminal, and airport.

Getting to Kingston by Car

  • From Montreal
    • West on Autoroute 720, then west on Autoroute 20, then west on Ontario's Highway 401
    • About 290 km, or about 3 hours by car
  • From Ottawa
    • South on Highway 416, and west on Highway 401
    • About 200 km, or about 2 hours by car
  • From Toronto
    • East on Highway 401
    • About 260 km, or about 2.75 hours by car
  • From Syracuse
    • North on I-81 to the border of Canada
    • West on Thousand Islands Bridge to Highway 401
    • West on Highway 401
    • About 215 km, or about 2.5 hours by car
  • Follow Highway 401 to Kingston and exit south on Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. (exit 615). Follow this street south to Union Street, which is at the eighth set of traffic lights. Turn left onto Union and continue for approximately 10 blocks to the Queen's campus.

Transportation in Kingston

Kingston is a very easy city to get around.  Many people who live closer to downtown and Queen's walk or ride their bikes.  The hospitals are also very close to the Queen's campus; Kingston General Hospital is immediately beside the campus while Hotel Dieu Hospital is about a ten minute walk from Queen's.  There is a free shuttle between hospitals.

A relatively inexpensive way to get around the city is by bus.  Kingston Transit operates routes across the city and recently introduced new express bus service along the busiest routes. 

Taxis are also widely available but are more expensive than other forms of transportation.  In Canada, taxi fares are determined by a meter inside each taxi; fares are not negotiated with the driver.

Queen's University International Centre:  Arrival in Canada and at Queen's
Queen's University International Centre:  Transportation in Kingston