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. We recommend you stay at least 2 days in order to fully appreciate everything Hamilton has to offer.

Where to Eat in Hamilton

If you’re looking for affordable options, Born & Raised (224 James St N) and Brux House Craft Beer & Kitchen (137 Locke St. S.) are great picks. For delicious green meals, Milestones Grill + Bar - Hamilton - Meadowlands (771 Golf Links Rd) and Milestones Grill + Bar - Hamilton - Red Hill (787 Paramount Dr) are recommended spots to get vegetarian or vegan food in Hamilton.

When to visit Hamilton

Hamilton in September
Estimated hotel price
C$ 156
1 night at 3-star hotel
Hamilton in September
Estimated hotel price
C$ 156
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 Airlines that fly from Canada to Hamilton include Swoop, WestJet and Lynx Air. The shortest domestic flight to Hamilton departs from Abbotsford and takes around 4h 10m.


VIA Rail Canada is the most popular train carrier serving Hamilton, followed by AccesRail. The train journey from Hamilton to London takes 3h 44m and costs around C$ 41 for a one-way ticket. When coming by train from Ottawa, expect to pay about C$ 55 for a 4h 02m trip.


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 Routes Car & Truck Rentals and Economy Rent a Car, among others, in Toronto.


Several bus lines operate bus routes to Hamilton, including FlixBus, Trailways and Greyhound. From Buffalo, the bus ride to Hamilton takes 165 miles and will cost you around C$ 89. From Kingston, the ticket costs about C$ 81 for a journey of 175 miles.

Airports near Hamilton

Airlines serving Hamilton

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British Airways
Good (1,746 reviews)
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Turkish Airlines
Good (1,510 reviews)
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Air France
Good (498 reviews)
Austrian Airlines
Good (306 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (3,200 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,443 reviews)
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Air Canada
Good (2,048 reviews)
Brussels Airlines
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Scandinavian Airlines
Good (492 reviews)
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Singapore Airlines
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Alaska Airlines
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Where to stay in Hamilton

Average rates range from around C$ 363 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 537 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

Most booked hotels in Hamilton

Pring Guesthouse
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 49+
Visitors Inn
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 186+
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
C$ 207+
Best Western Plus Burlington Inn & Suites
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 148+
Waterfront Hotel Downtown Burlington
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 141+
Comfort Inn Burlington
Good (7.7, Good reviews)
C$ 144+
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Renting a car in Hamilton

Renting a car in Hamilton costs C$ 69 per day, on average, or C$ 138 if you want to rent it for 2 days. National, Avis and Enterprise 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 9300 Airport Rd, which is 7 miles from the downtown.

You’re likely to save money by renting your car at the airport: locations in the city are, on average, 34% more expensive than at Toronto Pearson Intl.

Expect to pay C$ 1.73 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$ 20.71 and C$ 27.61. The most frequently booked car type in Hamilton is Compact (Hyundai Veloster or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Full-size rental cars (Volvo S40 or similar) are, on average, 59% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.