Travel to Guelph

By car

From Highway 401:

  • Take exit 295, Highway 6 North, the Hanlon Expressway; for downtown, exit at Wellington St., to Wyndham; for University of Guelph, exit at Stone Road, or College Road to Gordon St.
  • Alternately, take exit 299, Brock Rd. (also known as “old Highway 6”) north through the village of Aberfoyle, becomes Gordon St at the Guelph city limits. The University of Guelph will be on your right after Stone Rd.; Gordon Street becomes Norfolk St. in downtown Guelph. This route is more direct and more scenic; however, it’s slower than taking the Hanlon.

From Highway 6Hamilton and Niagara, alternatively continue through the village of Morriston; then, either take Highway 401 West to exit 295, or take Brock Rd. north as above.

Two other surface highways run through Guelph — Highway 7, that links Guelph with KitchenerWaterloo and Stratford in the west and Brampton and the GTA in the east, and Wellington Street/Eramosa Road (formerly Highway 24), which links Guelph with Brantford and Cambridge in the south and Erin and Caledon in the north.

By train

See also: Rail travel in Canada

  • Guelph Central Station (Guelph Central GO), 79 Carden St (corner of Wyndham St). The station is in an attractive, railway heritage structure built in 1911. Train operators stopping at this station:
    • GO Transit, Operates bus and rail commuter/regional transit within and near the Greater Toronto Area. The Kitchener route operates trips most of the day from Monday to Friday between Toronto and Brampton including stops in Mississauga. On those days, during morning and afternoon rush hours, trips travel between Toronto and Kitchener including stops in Mississauga, Brampton, GeorgetownActon, and Guelph though only toward Toronto in the morning rush and only toward Kitchener in the afternoon rush. In addition, one trip to Toronto in the morning rush and one trip from Toronto in the afternoon rush travels past Kitchener terminating in London with additional stops in Stratford and St. Marys. Travel time to Guelph from Toronto takes about 1.75 hours, and is cheaper than by taking VIA Rail Canada. GO Transit trains from Toronto can be crowded; there is no reserved seating. GO Transit fares can be paid by Presto card. GO Transit refers to station as “Guelph Central GO” on both train and bus schedules.
    • VIA Rail Canada, Operates many intercity trains across Canada. Operates a route daily between Sarnia and Toronto including stops in LondonSt. MarysStratfordKitchener, Guelph, GeorgetownBrampton, and Mississauga. Trains to Guelph take about 1.25 hours from Toronto, 2 hours from London, and 3 hours from Sarnia. Windsor can be reached by transferring at London.

GO Transit customers are eligible to one free ride on Guelph Transit (GT) buses to and from Guelph Central Station. To receive the free ride, GO customers must show the GT bus driver a Presto card, a single-ride GO Transit ticket or a GO Transit day ticket. On boarding the GT bus at the railway station, ask for a transfer if you need to transfer to a second GT bus. With this one exception, Presto and GO Transit fare media are otherwise not valid for Guelph Transit.

By bus

The following carriers operate from Guelph Central Station:

By plane

The nearest airport with scheduled flights is in Waterloo YKF IATA, serving Vancouver, Calgary, and winter getaway destinations such as Fort LauderdalePunta Cana, and Cancún. Additional flights are available at John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport YHM IATA or Toronto Pearson International Airport YYZ IATA.