Hamilton is at the centre of the "Golden Horsehoe", roughly halfway between Toronto and Niagara Falls.

By Air: Hamilton International Airport

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (airport code: YHM), a 17 km drive from downtown Hamilton, offers direct flights to a handful of North American destinations on WestJet.  Air Transat flies to a couple of Caribbean destinations during the winter.  In summertime, there are three weekly flights to the British Isles (including London, Glasgow, and Dublin) on Flyglobespan. Globespan is now in administration after 'liquidity issues' 

Those trying to choose between Flyglobespan and (typically more expensive) flights through Toronto's Pearson airport should read reviews in the TripAdvisor Ontario forum, the TripAdvisor Airlines forum, and the SkyTrax FlyGlobespan forum.

Downtown Toronto is 85 km from the airport; Niagara Falls is 90 km away.  You can rent a car at the airport from Avis, Hertz, or National; otherwise, your transfer options (with approximate costs) are listed below.

To Hamilton:

Taxis are available at the airport; a trip to downtown Hamilton is about $25 plus tip.  More options are listed on the airport's transportation page.

To Toronto:

Assuming you're going to downtown Toronto, you have several options:

  • By Airline Shuttle: FlyGlobespan customers can use their shuttle bus to downtown Toronto.  It must be booked in advance: £9 per person, eacy way, for UK customers or $17 per person, each way, for Canadian customers.  In Toronto, it drops off and picks up passengers at the Bond Place hotel (a block from Dundas subway station).  The shuttle to Hamilton leaves Toronto three hours prior to flight time.
  • By Commuter Bus: A $25 taxi from the airport to the Hamilton GO Station (36 Hunter St. East), then a GO Transit bus every half hour to Union Station in downtown Toronto ($9 adult fare).
  • By Train: A $40 taxi from the airport to the Aldershot VIA Rail station (1199 Waterdown Rd, Burlington), then one of eight daily VIA trains to Toronto's Union Station (from $16 adult fare).

Several hotels are a short walk from Union Station; most downtown Toronto hotels are a short taxi or subway ride from Union.

To Niagara Falls:

The first two options listed below will take you to the bus or train station in Niagara Falls, from which it's a short taxi ride to falls area hotels.

  • By Intercity Bus:  A $25 taxi from the airport to the Hamilton GO Station (36 Hunter St. East), then one of ten daily Coach Canada buses (operated by Trentway Wagar) to Niagara Falls (about $20 adult fare).
  • By Train: A $40 taxi from the airport to the Aldershot VIA Rail station (1199 Waterdown Rd, Burlington), where you can catch VIA trains twice daily to Niagara Falls (from $16 adult fare).
  • By Limo: A prearranged limo to Niagara Falls -- $110 through Niagara Airbus.

To London (Ontario):

Between May and October, RobertQ Airbus runs a daily shuttle bus service between the London area and Hamilton Airport.  Adult one-way fare is approximately $51.