How to Get Here

London from afar, looking at the tall downtown buildings from over the river and surrounding forest

Note: If you are arriving from outside of Canada, you must comply with all travel and vaccination requirements.

Please visit our International Arrival Website for details.

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

  1. Search for “London, ON” on Google Maps
  2. Interactive Map of City of London
  3. Map of Western University

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 Pearson International Airport, such as by airplane, bus, train, and car. The London International Airport is also an option but doesn't support as many international airlines and may be more expensive. You have many options for getting to Western University whether you land in London or Toronto, below you will find some of the most common options for getting around.

Flying

You can get a connecting flight from Toronto to the London International Airport. Pearson (Toronto) International Airport and Detroit Metropolitan Airport both offer connecting flights to the airport in London with more airlines offering these options every year. If a connecting flight is an option for you, this is something to take into consideration.

Taking a Bus

Catch a Bus from Toronto's Pearson International Airport or the Detroit Metro Airport

The airport bus services below from Toronto or Detroit can be less expensive than flying into London. 

Megabus
Contact info:
Location in London:

Onex Bus
Contact info:
Location in London:

Robert Q Airbus
Telephone: 1-800-265-4948 (free from Canada & U.S.)
Email: airbus@robertq.com
Location in London:
Reservations are required.

Robert Q is located in terminals 1 and 3 at the ground transportation desk, and outside of the Terminal 2 baggage claim area at Pearson Airport

Taking a Train

If you are INSIDE the city of Toronto and want to get to London, another option is to take the VIA Rail Train. Western is a 15-20 minute bus ride from the VIA Station.

TIP: Discounts are available for travellers aged 12 to 25 years. You will need an identity card with your photo (e.g., passport) and date of birth.

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 travel agents. 

Please visit the VIA Rail Canada for more information.

Travelling within London

By Taxi

There are several taxi companies in London, a few options have been listed below. This is not an exhaustive list, and it is recommended that you check business reviews and prices before hiring a cab to ensure they meet your needs and budget.

Yellow London Taxi (519-657-1111), Green Taxi (519-777-8888), U Need a Cab(519-438-2121).

By Uber

Many cities around the world are utilizing Uber as a way for people to get around. London has had Uber in the city for a few years and has a large infrastructure here. Download the Uber app to request and pay for rides with locals but keep in mind that Uber may not be less expensive than taxis and public transit and drivers are not licensed to the same level as taxi and bus drivers. If you want to use Uber in London make sure you do your research before requesting rides.

By Public Bus

There are many routes that will take you to Western on a London Transit Commission (LTC) and these routes can be viewed on Google Maps. A one-way bus fare costs $3.00 and requires exact change. Once you have a chance to pick up your Western ONECard, this will function as your bus pass and does not require you to use coins. You will not be able to ride the bus using your student bus pass until you pick up this card and you will need to have exact change or buy bus tickets at the LTC offices or at stores around London (including all Shoppers Drug Marts). For a full list of of bus payment options for BEFORE you get your ONECard, please visit the LTC website.

Driving to London

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.

Take #TheRightRide

Upon arrival at Toronto Pearson, beware of drivers who solicit passengers inside the terminals. Also known as scoopers, these are unlicensed taxis and limos picking up passengers at the terminals and charging more than the regulated rates. Scoopers are often untrained and hold no commercial insurance.

Look for signs throughout the airport to identify verified transportation services with: taxis, limos, UP Express, TTC, MiWay, Brampton Transit, Uber and Lyft. You may also find the right ride in advance at:   https://www.torontopearson.com/en/transportation. If you are unsure, please call 416-247-7678, visit an information booth or ask an employee for assistance for toronto airport.