Without the big-city bustle of either Montreal or Toronto, Kingston is a thoroughly charming city that sits midway between these larger centres and provides easy access to Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. A wealth of landscapes and activities on the Thousand Islands are just a short ferry ride away and among its many other claims to fame, Limestone City has some of Canada's best examples of colonial architecture.
Weaving through its historic charm, Kingston has plenty of youthful energy and vibrancy thanks to the students of Queen's University and the Royal Military College. Cheap restaurants and bars cater to student budgets and make Kingston an excellent destination for travellers who are looking for inexpensive accommodation and restaurant options.
Local festivals celebrate everything from buskers to food and there are also colourful Christmas parades and great New Year's celebrations. Pick the ones that pique your interest, book cheap flights to Kingston, and let the city's charm take over.
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Kingston Airport (YGK), also known as Norman Rogers Airport, is located approximately eight kilometres away from the city centre. Air Canada is the only full-service airline offering flights to Kingston, and flies direct from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Charter flights are also provided by Brock Air Services.
Alternatively, passengers can fly to Toronto (YYZ or YTZ) or Montreal (YUL) and take a bus, train, or drive to Kingston. Toronto is located approximately 260 kilometres from the city while Montreal's airport is about 280 kilometres away from Kingston.
Kingston's location on the shores of Lake Ontario means that the weather here is milder than most other cities farther inland. Winters see light snowfalls and temperatures only go down to about -4°C but breezes from the lake contribute to making Kingston one of the windiest cities in the country.
Summers in Kingston can be hot, but this is when you will find the city buzzing with festivals and events. If this is when you are booking Kingston flights, pack for temperatures in the mid-20s and relatively high humidity levels. Cheap fares on airline tickets and affordable accommodations are also easily available in spring and fall.
Kingston Airport (YGK) is a small airport and so ground transportation services are limited to taxis and rental cars. However, transportation options are also available for passengers flying to Toronto or Montreal and then travelling on to Kingston. Check the city's official visitor's page for more information on the airport and the options listed below.
Public Transit: Although there is no local public transit at the airport, there are several private bus services which connect Kingston to Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa and these will drop off passengers at the Kingston Bus Station where passengers can take a taxi or local bus to the city centre.
Airport Shuttle from Toronto: Private companies like Ontario Coachway offer shared-ride and exclusive shuttle services from Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Booking in advance is advisable and prices will vary depending on the type of service you choose as well as your destination. On average, one-way shared-ride shuttle trips for up to four passengers will cost about $60 CAD per person.
Taxi: Although taxis can be found outside the airport, it is best to book in advance if you want to reduce your waiting time at the airport. Contact Amey's Greenwood, Kingston and Amherst, or Modern Taxi Cab before boarding flights to Kingston to arrange a pick-up from the airport and expect to pay approximately $15-20 CAD for trips to the city.
Car Rental: Companies like National, Dollar, Hertz, and Alamo offer visitors the chance to pick up cars at the airport or have them delivered to destinations across town. Either way, book your car before you fly to the city to ensure that you get your vehicle of choice.