Kingston is located halfway between Montréal and Toronto. It is
accessible by air, road, rail, and water.
City of Kingston
web site (maps):
We have been flying in and out of Kingston for quite a while and have
our own personal preferences for negotiating this task. The options
vary depending on where you are coming from. Toronto Pearson is the
most common choice. Other airports you may consider flying to are
Ottawa and Montréal in Canada, or Syracuse in the United States. Considerations are cost, convenience,
and the scheduling of connections. Scheduling is the key, as sometimes an inexpensive bus ride might end up being the most convenient. If you want the assistance of a Kingston Travel agent you can contact Odyssey Travel.
Flying to Toronto Pearson gives you the most options for the final leg to Kingston.
Note: The only way to directly fly to Kingston is via Toronto.
- Air Canada Jazz offers daily scheduled flights between Kingston and Toronto (1 hour flight).
Coach Canada has a bus service three times daily from Toronto Airport right to Queen's Campus (4 hours).
- The VIA Rail station in downtown Toronto is
accessible by a bus from the airport (2.5 hour rail + 1 hour connection to downtown station).
- Rent a car (3 hour drive).
- You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (3 hour drive).
- The VIA Rail station at Dorval is very close to the airport and all
Montréal Kingston trains stop at Dorval (2.5 hour rail + short connection to the Dorval VIA station.)
- Rent a car (3 hour drive).
- You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (3 hours).
- Rent a car (2 hour drive).
- You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (2 hours).
Note: You will be crossing the international border between the United States and Canada. Please ensure that you have all of the required documentation.
- Rent a car (2.5 hour drive).
- You can pre-arrange for a shuttle to pick you up when you arrive (2.5 hours).
VIA Rail service between Kingston, and Toronto,
Montréal and Ottawa.
Kingston is on Highway 401, the main East West thoroughfare in southern Ontario. Kingston
is about 300 kilometers from Toronto, Montréal and Syracuse, and 200 kilometers from Ottawa.
Kingston does not pose a traffic problem, but the traffic in Toronto can get nasty, and you need to
traverse Toronto when driving from the airport to Kingston. The airports in
Montréal, Ottawa and Syracuse are all more or less on the Kingston side of those respective cities and traffic will be less of an issue.
from Toronto Pearson International Airport:
from Ottawa International Airport:
Directions from Montréal Trudeau International Airport:
from Syracuse Hancock International Airport:
Kingston is a small city, distances are short, so taxis are inexpensive. It will cost approximately $15.00 from the airport to Queen's and $12.00 from the VIA station to Queen's.