Getting here

You have options for getting to the hottest tech community in Canada for the nation’s coolest festival. Easy to get to, hard to leave!

By plane

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
Located just an hour’s drive away, hundreds of international flights land at YYZ every day. You can rent a car or pre-arrange transportation to and from Waterloo. Average cost of ground transportation from YYZ is $125 CDN.

Distance: 87km / 54mi

Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF)

BUF is the closest U.S. airport to Waterloo Region. From Buffalo, you will need to rent a car and cross the border into Canada. The drive to Waterloo is approximately two hours.

Distance: 185km / 115mi

Waterloo International Airport (YKF)

YKF offers daily service to and from Calgary, Alberta. It’s a short drive via rental car (reserve in advance), limo, taxi or car-sharing service from YKF to partner hotels or the summit venues.

Distance: 13km / 8mi

Other options

There are daily flights into Hamilton International Airport (YHM @ 68km / 42mi) and London International Airport (YXU @ 105km / 65mi). You will then need to rent a car or arrange transportation to Waterloo.

Hot tip: That’s London, Ontario—not London, England.

By train or bus

Via Rail and GO Transit offer daily service to Waterloo Region. When you’re booking tickets, your stop is “Kitchener.” From the central train station in Kitchener, it’s a short car ride (via taxi, limo or car-sharing service) to your hotel.

A number of bus lines stop in Waterloo Region at the Kitchener Charles Street Terminal, including Greyhound Canada, Coach Canada and GO Transit.

By car

Road trip, anyone? Waterloo Region is located off Hwy 401—Canada’s largest highway which runs through Toronto and connects us to the U.S. border. Approximate drive times from key metro areas to Waterloo Region are listed below.

  • Toronto, ON – 1 hour, 15 mins
  • London, ON – 1 hour, 15 mins
  • Niagara Falls – 1 hour, 40 mins
  • Buffalo, NY – 2 hours
  • Detroit, MI – 3 hours, 30 mins
  • Chicago, IL – 7 hours, 30 mins
  • New York, NY – 8 hours, 40 mins

Getting around

Waterloo Region’s new ION light rail system connects you to downtown and uptown; sights and sounds; and to venues and restaurants. You’ll be able to hit all the True North Festival events, nosh on some great food and network like a boss.