Arriving at the airport
Most teams arrive at Lester B. Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario; the closest major airport to Waterloo. Visit the Government of Canada’s website for a detailed explanation of the steps to follow once off the plane and how the CBSA Declaration Card works.
When you arrive at the airport, you will speak to a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer at Primary Inspection. They may review your Passport and Invitation letter. They may also want to see any of the documents we recommend that you pack in your carry-on luggage. If you have sent anything ahead of time to Canada, inform the CBSA officer and present your shipping records. If you are entering Canada with more than $10,000 in your possession in cash, bank drafts, traveler’s cheques, etc., you must report this on the CBSA Declaration Card.
Arranging transportation to Waterloo
Toronto Pearson International Airport (code YYZ) is the closest major airport to Waterloo and is located about 1.5 hours away from campus. Before your departure, you should arrange travel from the airport to the university. For example, you can book a seat with Airways Transit, or another shuttle service. There are also several taxi and limousine companies, but these tend to be more expensive options.
Travel from another Canadian city
If you are staying in another part of Canada before starting your studies here, you may be travelling to Waterloo over land. There are lots of ground travel options for you to book, including:
Canadians drive on the right-hand side of the road. To rent a car, most rental companies in Canada require you to be at least 21 years old. If you are under 25, you may have to pay for additional insurance.
Tip: We can offer you free parking ticket at the University of Waterloo. Please contact us before you arrive.
If you’re located more than four hours away, consider taking the train to Waterloo. VIA Rail is Canada’s passenger train network. Go Transit has limited train service to Waterloo from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).