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. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country. We recommend you stay at least 3 days in order to fully appreciate everything Barrie has to offer.

Where to Eat in Barrie

If you’re looking for affordable options, The Farmhouse (268 Bradford Street) and The Keg Steakhouse + Bar - Barrie (1 - 110 Concert Way) are great picks.

When to visit Barrie

Barrie in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 145
1 night at 3-star hotel
Barrie in April
Estimated hotel price
C$ 145
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

Plane

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 domestic flight to Barrie departs from Winnipeg and takes around 2h 28m.

Train

VIA Rail Canada is the most popular train carrier serving Barrie, followed by UP Express. The train journey from Barrie to London takes 2h 09m and costs around C$ 42 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Ottawa, expect to pay about C$ 54 for a 4h 06m trip. The train station in Barrie is called Barrie South, and is located 6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Barrie is to pick up a car rental from Toronto, which is about 86 km from Barrie. You’ll find branches of Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Economy Rent a Car, among others, in Toronto.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Barrie, including Rider Express, Bus and Red Arrow. From Kingston, the bus ride to Barrie takes 153 km and will cost you around C$ 50. From London, the ticket costs about C$ 45 for a journey of 201 km. The most popular bus station is Barrie Downtown Barrie Terminal, located 2.4 km from downtown Barrie. Barrie Allandale Waterfront Go is also a commonly used station, and is 3 km from the city centre.

Plane

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 domestic flight to Barrie departs from Winnipeg and takes around 2h 28m.

Train

VIA Rail Canada is the most popular train carrier serving Barrie, followed by UP Express. The train journey from Barrie to London takes 2h 09m and costs around C$ 42 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Ottawa, expect to pay about C$ 54 for a 4h 06m trip. The train station in Barrie is called Barrie South, and is located 6 km from the city centre.

Car

Another option to get to Barrie is to pick up a car rental from Toronto, which is about 86 km from Barrie. You’ll find branches of Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Economy Rent a Car, among others, in Toronto.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Barrie, including Rider Express, Bus and Red Arrow. From Kingston, the bus ride to Barrie takes 153 km and will cost you around C$ 50. From London, the ticket costs about C$ 45 for a journey of 201 km. The most popular bus station is Barrie Downtown Barrie Terminal, located 2.4 km from downtown 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

Lufthansa
Good (4,390 reviews)
KLM
Good (801 reviews)
SWISS
Good (901 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,143 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,598 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,226 reviews)
Air France
Good (959 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,517 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (470 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,813 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,452 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,080 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (218 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,290 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (797 reviews)
Finnair
Good (902 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,088 reviews)
LOT
Good (672 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (860 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,137 reviews)
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Where to stay in Barrie

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

Where to stay in popular areas of Barrie

Most booked hotels in Barrie

Carriage Ridge Resort, Ascend Hotel Collection
2 stars
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 178+
Hampton Inn & Suites Barrie
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 168+
Horseshoe Retreat
3 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 169+
Monte Carlo Inn Barrie Suites
3 stars
Good (7.3, Good reviews)
C$ 122+
Super 8 by Wyndham Barrie
2 stars
Good (7, Good reviews)
C$ 105+
Comfort Inn Barrie
2 stars
Good (7, Good reviews)
C$ 107+

Renting a car in Barrie

Renting a car in Barrie costs C$ 65 per day, on average, or C$ 195 if you want to rent it for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 38% more expensive than at Toronto Pearson Intl.

Expect to pay C$ 1.67 per litre in Barrie (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 19.95 and C$ 26.60. The most frequently booked car type in Barrie is Compact (Jeep Renegade or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard rental cars (Mazda Mazda6 or similar) are, on average, 43% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Barrie costs C$ 65 per day, on average, or C$ 195 if you want to rent it for 3 days.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 38% more expensive than at Toronto Pearson Intl.

Expect to pay C$ 1.67 per litre in Barrie (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 19.95 and C$ 26.60. The most frequently booked car type in Barrie is Compact (Jeep Renegade or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Standard rental cars (Mazda Mazda6 or similar) are, on average, 43% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.