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. Hamilton deserves at least 2 full days for you to see its main sights.

Where to Eat in Hamilton

If you’re looking for affordable options, Quatrefoil (16 Sydenham Street) and Born & Raised (224 James St N) are great picks. For delicious green meals, The Standard (12 James St N) and Milestones Grill + Bar - Hamilton - Meadowlands (771 Golf Links Rd) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Hamilton.

When to visit Hamilton

Hamilton in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 153
1 night at 3-star hotel
Hamilton in March
Estimated hotel price
C$ 153
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

Plane

When flying to Hamilton, you’ll arrive at Hamilton (YHM), which is located 7 miles from the city centre The shortest domestic flight to Hamilton departs from Québec City and takes around 1h 35m.

Train

VIA Rail Canada is the most popular train carrier serving Hamilton, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Hamilton to Kingston takes 2h 05m and costs around C$ 49 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from London, expect to pay about C$ 42 for a 2h 12m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Hamilton is to pick up a car rental from Toronto, which is about 36 miles from Hamilton. You’ll find branches of Economy Rent a Car and Hertz, among others, in Toronto.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Hamilton, including Rider Express, Bus and OurBus. From London, the bus ride to Hamilton takes 130 miles and will cost you around C$ 23. From Kingston, the ticket costs about C$ 51 for a journey of 150 miles. Hamilton’s bus station is located 3 miles from the downtown.

Plane

When flying to Hamilton, you’ll arrive at Hamilton (YHM), which is located 7 miles from the city centre The shortest domestic flight to Hamilton departs from Québec City and takes around 1h 35m.

Train

VIA Rail Canada is the most popular train carrier serving Hamilton, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Hamilton to Kingston takes 2h 05m and costs around C$ 49 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from London, expect to pay about C$ 42 for a 2h 12m trip.

Car

Another option to get to Hamilton is to pick up a car rental from Toronto, which is about 36 miles from Hamilton. You’ll find branches of Economy Rent a Car and Hertz, among others, in Toronto.

Bus

Several bus lines operate bus routes to Hamilton, including Rider Express, Bus and OurBus. From London, the bus ride to Hamilton takes 130 miles and will cost you around C$ 23. From Kingston, the ticket costs about C$ 51 for a journey of 150 miles. Hamilton’s bus station is located 3 miles from the downtown.

Airports near Hamilton

Airlines serving Hamilton

Lufthansa
Good (4,692 reviews)
KLM
Good (848 reviews)
SWISS
Good (943 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,554 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,615 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,298 reviews)
Air France
Good (980 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (488 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,595 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,960 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (2,122 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,455 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,888 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
Good (229 reviews)
Finnair
Good (869 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (925 reviews)
TAP AIR PORTUGAL
Good (1,181 reviews)
LOT
Good (685 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (820 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (5,683 reviews)
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Where to stay in Hamilton

If you’re on a budget, well-reviewed accommodations include Hamilton Guesthouse and Residence & Conference Centre - Hamilton.

Where to stay in popular areas of Hamilton

Most booked hotels in Hamilton

Visitors Inn
3 stars
Excellent (8.7, Excellent reviews)
C$ 183+
Best Western Plus Burlington Inn & Suites
2 stars
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 157+
Sandman Hotel Hamilton
3 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 191+
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
3 stars
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 199+
Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
3 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 198+
City View Inn
2 stars
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 122+

Renting a car in Hamilton

Renting a car in Hamilton costs C$ 64 per day, on average, or C$ 127 if you want to rent it for 2 days. National, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Hamilton is the Budget branch at 237 Main Street East, which is 1 mile from the downtown.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 31% more expensive than at Toronto Pearson Intl.

Expect to pay C$ 1.90 per litre in Hamilton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 22.79 and C$ 30.39. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Volkswagen Golf or similar) are, on average, 55% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.

Renting a car in Hamilton costs C$ 64 per day, on average, or C$ 127 if you want to rent it for 2 days. National, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Avis are the agencies with the best reviews in the city. The most popular location to rent a car in Hamilton is the Budget branch at 237 Main Street East, which is 1 mile from the downtown.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 31% more expensive than at Toronto Pearson Intl.

Expect to pay C$ 1.90 per litre in Hamilton (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 22.79 and C$ 30.39. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Intermediate (Ford Escape or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Volkswagen Golf or similar) are, on average, 55% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.