Hamilton travel guide

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You're Going to Love Hamilton

With a population of 519,949, Hamilton is a must-see destination in Ontario, Canada. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

Where to Eat in Hamilton

If you’re looking for affordable options, Spring Sushi- Hamilton (1508 Upper James Street Unit# G) and Lake Road Restaurant (229 James Street North) are great picks.

When to visit Hamilton

Hamilton in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel
Hamilton in January
Estimated hotel price
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Hamilton in July, when the average temperature is 21 °C, and the highest can go up to 27 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as -9 °C, with an average temperature of -5 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in July, when precipitation is around 101 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in Hamilton, with an average rainfall of 58 mm.

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How to Get to Hamilton


When flying to Hamilton, you’ll arrive at Hamilton (YHM), which is located 7 miles from the city centre. The shortest flight to Hamilton from New Zealand departs from Wellington and takes around 40h 30m.


UP Express is the most popular train carrier serving Hamilton, followed by VIA Rail Canada. The train journey from Hamilton to Burlington takes 0h 39m and costs around $25 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Kingston, expect to pay about $61 for a 2h 11m trip.


Another option to get to Hamilton is to pick up a car hire from Toronto, which is about 36 miles from Hamilton. You’ll find branches of Avis and Dollar, among others, in Toronto.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Hamilton, including Rider Express, Trailways and OurBus. From Buffalo, the bus ride to Hamilton takes 70 miles and will cost you around $44. From London, the ticket costs about $33 for a journey of 155 miles.

Airports near Hamilton

Airlines serving Hamilton

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
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United Airlines
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Qatar Airways
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Austrian Airlines
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Air Canada
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Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
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Singapore Airlines
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Where to stay in Hamilton

Average rates range from around $486 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $645 and up for a 5-star experience. If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Pring Guesthouse and Residence & Conference Centre - Hamilton.

Where to stay in popular areas of Hamilton

Hiring a car in Hamilton

National, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to hire a car in Hamilton is the Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch at 9300 Airport Rd, which is 7 miles from the city centre.

Expect to pay $2.15 per litre in Hamilton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $25.69 and $34.25. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Mini (Dodge Grand Caravan or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size car hire (Volvo S40 or similar) is, on average, 62% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.