Arriving in London & UWO

Arriving in London & UWO

If you are travelling to Canada by air, for your convenience, we suggest that you make Toronto your final destination. There are a variety of options to get to London from the Toronto Airport, such as by airplane, bus, train, and car.

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Where is London located?

London is approximately a 2 hour drive southwest of the City of Toronto.

NOTE: For information on which goods you can legally bring into Canada, refer to the brochure “Entering Canada to Study or to Work” from the Canada Border Services Agency.

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Flying into London

You can catch a connecting flight from Toronto to London's airport. From the London Airport you can take a taxi (Checker Limousine, Aboutown, U-Need-A-Cab, or Yellow London Taxi) to London's downtown/university area. The cost of the taxi would be approximately $25 - $35 plus tip (usually 10 to 15 percent of the price charged).

For further information about the taxi companies please contact them at:

How to get from the London Airport to the University by car:

Follow Oxford Street (the main street exiting from the airport) going west. Turn right (north) on Richmond Street. Turn left (west) on University Drive at Western's main gates.

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Getting to London by Bus

From Toronto's Pearson International Airport:

A less expensive alternative to flying into the London airport would be to take an airport bus service from Toronto to London. This service is provided by two companies in London: RobertQ and Aboutown Airbus. Both airbus companies also serve the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

A one way ticket from Toronto to London on the RobertQ airbus costs approximately CAD $51.67 for students (you must have proof of student status - a letter of acceptance or a student card). You don’t have to make reservations ahead of time, but they do recommend it.

A one way ticket from Toronto to London on the Aboutown airbus costs approximately CAD $51 for students. (You must have proof of student status - a letter of acceptance or a student card). Reservations are required.

At the Toronto airport, RobertQ and Aboutown Airbuses can be found in terminals 1 and 3 at the ground transportation desk. In terminal 2, which is the International terminal, you can find a RobertQ desk outside of the area where you pick up your luggage.

RobertQ Airbus & Courier
105 Wharncliffe Road South
London, Ontario
Telephone (reservations information): 519-673-6804
Telephone (toll free from Canada & USA): 1-800-265-4948
Fax: 519-679-5406
E-mail: airbus@robertq.com
Website: http://www.robertq.com

Aboutown Airbus
17 York Street.
London, Ontario
Telephone (reservations information): 519-663-2244
Telephone (toll free from Canada & USA): 1-877-663-2244
E-mail: airbus@aboutown.ca
Website: http://www.aboutownairbus.ca

From downtown Toronto (NOT recommended if you are at the Toronto Airport):

If you are INSIDE the city of Toronto and want to get to London (NOT recommended for people at Toronto's airport), you can take a Greyhound bus. A one way ticket from Toronto to London on the Greyhound bus costs approximately CAD$28.80 (student rate). Greyhound Buses also depart from many other cities in Canada and the United States. No reservations are needed. Tickets may be bought the same day from any Greyhound bus terminal.

Greyhound Bus Lines

London Bus Terminal

Toronto Bus Terminal

101 York Street
London, Ontario

610 Bay Street (near Dundas Street Subway Station)
Toronto, ON

Tel: 1-800-661-8747
Website: http://www.greyhound.ca

How do I get from the downtown London Greyhound Bus Station to the University?

By Car:
Follow Richmond Street (the main street east of the bus station) going north. Turn left (west) at Western's main gates on University Drive.

By Public Bus:
The London Transit Bus Commission operates public transportation throughout the majority of the city. You are able to take a bus to the University from downtown London, which is about a 15-20 minute bus ride. From the corner of Richmond Street and York Street you can take the #6 Richmond Bus (going North) to the University. On the corner of Richmond Street and Dundas Street you can take the #2(a/b) Dundas Bus (going West) to the University.

A one-way bus fare costs $2.75 (exact change is only accepted. Bus drivers are unable to give you change). SuperSaver Bus Tickets can be used instead of exact change each time you take the bus. They are sold at the London Transit Commission office, UCC InfoSource, and at many convenience stores. They come in packages of five (5) tickets that cost $9.50 ($1.90 each) – tickets are less expensive than the cash fare.

Walking:
The Greyhound Bus Station is approximately a one to one and a half hour walking distance from the University.

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Getting to London by Train

From downtown Toronto (NOT recommended if you are at the Toronto Airport):

If you are INSIDE the city of Toronto and want to get to London (NOT recommended for people at Toronto's airport), you can take the Via Rail Train. Student discounts are available with an ISIC (International Student Identity Card) card. Via Rail Trains also depart from many other cities in Canada. It is recommended to buy your tickets ahead of time. Tickets may be bought at any Via Rail train station, online, over the phone, or through some travel agents.

Via Rail Trains
205 York St., London, ON
65 Front St. W., Toronto, ON
Toll Free Tel (from Canada): 1-800-842-7245
Website: http://www.viarail.ca

How do I get from the downtown London Via Rail Train Station to the University?

By Car:
Follow Richmond Street (the main street west of the train station) going north. Turn left (west) at Western's main gates on University Drive.

By Public Bus:
The London Transit Bus Commission operates public transportation throughout the majority of the city. You are able to take a bus to the University from downtown London, which is about a 15-20 minute bus ride. From the corner of Richmond Street and York Street you can take the #6 Richmond Bus (going North) to the University. On the corner of Richmond Street and Dundas Street you can take the #2(a/b) Dundas Bus (going West) to the University.

A one-way bus fare costs $2.75 (exact change is only accepted. Bus drivers are unable to give you change). SuperSaver Bus Tickets can be used instead of exact change each time you take the bus. They are sold at the London Transit Commission office, UCC InfoSource, and at many convenience stores. They come in packages of five (5) tickets that cost $9.50 ($1.90 each) – tickets are less expensive than the cash fare.

Walking:
The ViaRail Train Station is approximately a one to one and a half hour walking distance from the University.

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Getting to London by Car

From the East or South on Highway 401 (Downtown Route):

  • Follow Highway 401 to Wellington Road/Exeter Road Exit (# 186).
  • Take the Wellington Road branch and head north passing through downtown to Pall Mall Street.
  • Turn west (left) onto Pall Mall and proceed one block to Richmond Street.
  • Turn north (right) onto Richmond Street.
  • Turn left onto University Drive at the University Gates.

From the East or South on Highway 401 (Peripheral Route):

  • Follow Highway 401 and exit on Highbury Avenue (Exit #189) north to Oxford Street.
  • Turn west (left) on Oxford Street and proceed to Richmond Street.
  • Turn north (right) onto Richmond Street.
  • Turn left onto University Drive at the University Gates.

From the West:

  • Follow Wharncliffe Road north past Oxford Street, merge onto Western Road.
  • Follow Western Road past the 2nd set of lights (Sarnia Road) to the University Gates at Lambton Drive.
  • Turn east (right) onto campus.

From the North:

  • Follow Highway 4 south to the Richmond Gates on University Drive.

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Driving in Ontario

If you intend to drive in Canada, you should obtain an International Driver's License in your country before coming to Canada. It will be valid for 60 days from the day you enter the province. After this time, an Ontario driver's license is required. For more information please contact the Ministry of Transportation or visit DriveTest.

DriveTest - Driver Examination Centre
220 Exeter Road
Telephone: 519-652-0045
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Website: http://www.drivetest.ca

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Maps of London and the University of Western Ontario

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Last Updated: April 28, 2010

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