Cambridge (Ontario)

Cambridge is one of the cities that forms a tightly-integrated metro area, along with Kitchener and Waterloo, within the larger Region of Waterloo in Southwestern Ontario. Cambridge was created in 1973 by the merger of the city of Galt, the towns of Preston and Hespeler, and the village of Blair. The four communities still maintain their individual identities to a certain extent.

Get in

By car

Highway 401, Ontario's main east-west highway, runs through Cambridge, and there are five exits in or adjacent to Cambridge:

If arriving from the southeast (Hamilton and beyond), take Highway 8, which becomes Dundas Street in Cambridge.

If arriving from the south (Brantford), take Highway 24, which becomes Water Street in Cambridge.

By bus

GO Transit provides bus service about once every two hours to Mississauga and Waterloo University. Bus stop is at the Smart Centre behind The Keg restaurant. You must have a pre-purchased ticket, pass, or cash to buy a ticket from the driver (about $15 one way to Mississauga). Buses have bike racks that can accommodate two bicycles any time.

Greyhound Bus Lines provides bus service to Cambridge from London and Toronto. The bus stops on Industrial Road, near Preston.

Coach Canada provides bus service between Cambridge and Hamilton. The bus stops at the Ainslie Street terminal in Galt. The one-way fare from Hamilton to Cambridge is $11.80.

If arriving by bus from Kitchener or Waterloo, take Grand River Transit , the public transit authority in the Region of Waterloo. The iXpress, a limited-stop express bus, travels between Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo, stopping in Cambridge at the Bridgecam Power Centre near Hespeler, the Cambridge Centre on Hespeler Road, and at the Ainslie Street terminal in Galt.

By train

Cambridge does not have passenger rail service. Nearby cities served by VIA Rail are Kitchener, Guelph, and Brantford.

Get around

Travelling by car is probably the fastest way around the city.

Grand River Transit bus system is ideal for getting practically anywhere in Cambridge, with routes that extend towards Kitchener and Waterloo. The fare is currently $3.00 per ride.

It is also possible to get to many points of interest by walking. Most hotels are near malls and major shopping centers. There are also several reasonably priced car rental services in the city and in Kitchener nearby. Walking is probably most convenient within one of the three communities; it's a bit of a long walk between Galt and Preston and Hespeler.


Cambridge is an essentially residential city. There are several areas of interest on Hespeler Road.





There are a large number of chain hotels near the 401/Hespeler Road interchange. More unique places to sleep in Cambridge can also be found, however.

Go next

Routes through Cambridge

London Kitchener  W  E  Guelph Toronto
Goderich Kitchener  W  E  becomes Hamilton

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