Barrie travel guide

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You're Going to Love Barrie

With a population of 182,041, Barrie is a must-see destination in Ontario, Canada.

Where to Eat in Barrie

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Farmhouse (268 Bradford Street) and Jack Astor's - Barrie (70 Mapleview Dr W) are great picks.

When to visit Barrie

Barrie in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Barrie in November
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Barrie in July, when the average temperature is 21 °C, and the highest can go up to 26 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -12 °C, with an average temperature of -8 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in September, when precipitation is around 94 mm. In contrast, March is usually the driest month of the year in Barrie, with an average rainfall of 58 mm.

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How to Get to Barrie


Although Barrie doesn’t have its own airport, you can fly to Toronto Pearson Airport (YYZ), which is located 80 km from Barrie. The shortest flight to Barrie from New Zealand departs from Auckland and takes around 18h 41m.


UP Express is the most popular train carrier serving Barrie, followed by VIA Rail Canada. The train journey from Barrie to London takes 2h 12m and costs around $54 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Ottawa, expect to pay about $69 for a 4h 02m trip. The train station in Barrie is called Barrie South, and is located 6 km from the city centre.


Another option to get to Barrie is to pick up a car hire from Toronto, which is about 86 km from Barrie. You’ll find branches of Thrifty and Hertz, among others, in Toronto.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Barrie, including Rider Express, Bus and FlixBus. From Kingston, the bus ride to Barrie takes 249 km and will cost you around $79. From London, the ticket costs about $71 for a journey of 254 km. The most popular bus station is Barrie Downtown Barrie Terminal, located 2.4 km from the city centre of Barrie. Barrie Allandale Waterfront Go is also a commonly used station, and is 3 km from the city centre.

Airports near Barrie

Airlines serving Barrie

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Etihad Airways
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Where to stay in Barrie

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Barrie and Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie.

Where to stay in popular areas of Barrie

Hiring a car in Barrie

You’re likely to save money by hiring your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 20% more expensive than at Toronto Pearson Intl.

Expect to pay $2.37 per litre in Barrie (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $28.38 and $37.83. The most frequently booked car type in Barrie is Standard (Hyundai Sonata or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Economy car hire (Suzuki Swift or similar) is, on average, 57% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.