Travel directions


Department of Physics and Astronomy

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, ON

L8S 4M1

(905) 525-9140 x 24559

By plane:

Nearest airports:


Pearson International Airport, Toronto

Hamilton International Airport


Pearson (Toronto) is the more useful of the two airports, with flights from everywhere on all major airlines. Hamilton is served by WestJet, a discount domestic airline with limited service.


To get from both airports to McMaster, take Airways Transit (a shuttle service). They will pick you up at your terminal and drop you off anywhere in the Hamilton area. If you are staying on campus, we have arranged a special rate of $38.00 each way from Pearson International Airport to McMaster University.

Alternatively, you can rent a car. To drive from Pearson, take Highway 427 South to Highway 401 West. Take the Highway 403 exit, and follow the directions below. To drive from the Hamilton Airport, turn left out of the airport, and then left on Highway 6 north. Go west on the Link (the Lincoln Alexander Parkway) to the 403, and take the "to Toronto" exit. Follow the directions from Brantford below.

By train:

VIA rail to Toronto or Aldershot, then GO train or bus to Hamilton (see link below).

By bus:

From Toronto: GO transit

The GO buses leave the Toronto GO bus terminal (at Union Station on Front Street) every half hour or so during the day. There is an express bus which takes about an hour (more if there’s traffic), and a slower bus which stops at the towns between Toronto and Hamilton.


            In Hamilton: Hamilton Street Railway

            From downtown (and GO station), take buses 1A, 5A, 10, or 51 westbound. All buses go through the McMaster campus. The current fare is $2.10.

By car:

From the east (Toronto, Oakville, Burlington)

Take Highway 403 to the Main Street West exit. At the traffic lights at the top of the ramp turn left and then immediately right on Newton Avenue. Continue to King Street. Cross King Street on to Sterling Street and proceed up Sterling to the McMaster campus.

From the south (Niagara Peninsula):

Follow the Queen Elizabeth Way over the Skyway Bridge as though going to Toronto. Take Highway 403 towards Hamilton and exit as described above in the directions for coming from Toronto.

From the north (Kitchener/Waterloo)

Take Highway 8 to the Town of Dundas. Proceed along King Street straight through the town and this will become Cootes Drive. Just after entering the City of Hamilton there is an exit on the right for the west campus of McMaster University.

From the west (Brantford and London)

Brantford travel east on Highway 403 to the Aberdeen Street exit Proceed along Longwood Road to King Street. Turn left at King Street and go to the second traffic light. For entrance to the East Campus turn right onto Sterling Street and proceed along Sterling to McMaster University.


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