Welcome to London, Ontario Canada

We are pleased to ‘Meet & Greet’ you on Campus upon arrival and help you get to your final check-in destination.

Location:
The Great Hall, Somerville House
Western University
Oxford Drive, London ON

Drop-off Location recommended for taxis and Uber: Alumni Hall circle

Conference registration hours of operation:

  • Sunday, July 7 - 12 to 8 pm
  • Monday, July 8 - 7 am to 8 pm
  • Tuesday, July 9 - 7 am to 8 pm
  • Wednesday, July 10 - 8 am to 12 pm

*Note: If you are staying on campus and arrive outside of these hours please proceed directly to accommodations headquarters at 230 Sarnia Road (Ontario Hall).

London, Ontario, Canada is about two hours from Toronto, Canada.
Depending on the day of your arrival, conference volunteers will available at Toronto's Pearson International Airport, London International Airport and London's Via Rail Train Station to welcome you and direct you to onward transportation.

Here are some options to get to London:

Flying into London (YXU)

Meet and Greet at London Airport - Monday, July 8, 2019

You can catch a connecting flight from Toronto to London International Airport. From the London Airport you can take a taxi or drive to London's downtown or the university area. The cost of the taxi ranges from approximately $25-$35 plus tip. It is customary to tip 10 to 15 per cent of the price charged.Delegates will be greeted at the London International Airport. A shuttle bus service will be provided to downtown hotels and to Western University. The schedule will be provided closer to the conference date.  

Alternatively, from the London Airport you can take a taxi or drive to London's downtown or the university area. The cost of the taxi ranges from approximately $25-$35 plus tip. It is customary to tip 10 to 15 per cent of the price charged.

London Taxi Companies

Yourtaxi.London

519-432-2222
Checker Limousine

519-659-0400

U-Need-A-Cab Ltd.

519-438-2121

Yellow London Taxi

519-647-1111

 Driving from the London Airport to Western University

  • Drive West on Oxford Street (the main street exiting from the airport)
  • Turn right (north) on Richmond Street
  • Turn left (west) on University Drive at Western's main gates

 

Flying into Toronto (Pearson International Airport - YYZ)

Meet and Greet at Toronto Pearson Airport - Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Meet & Greet Terminal 1: Volunteers will be available near The Robert Q airbus shuttle desk located one level below the arrivals, at the bottom of the escalator. (Domestic).
  • Meet & Greet Terminal 3: Volunteers will be available at the Ground Transportation Desk on the arrivals level under the domestic escalator located in the centre of the terminal. (International)

Airport bus service offer shuttle services from Pearson International Airport. This is typically less expensive than flying into London. Reservations are required. We recommend arranging your round trip to and from London within one booking.

When booking Toronto Airport as departure and London as destination, be sure to select the option for Address or Landmark in order to confirm transportation all the way to final destination. The drop-down menu provides a list of hotel and campus landmarks. If staying on campus, choose Alumni Hall (UWO) if arriving during conference registration hours or Ontario Hall (arriving after conference registration hours) as the landmark.

This step is necessary because the Robert Q shuttle arrives at a central London depot on Wharncliffe Road, and then a taxi will take guests who have booked the final leg of the journey to their specific address or landmark.

Robert Q Airbus
Telephone: 1-800-265-4948 (free from Canada & U.S.)
Email: airbus@robertq.com

Robert Q Conference Delegates special rate: Promotions code 7131.
Special rate is offered between October 1, 2018 and July 9, 2019 for travel between July 01-15 2019. 

  • Toronto Pearson – London – London Landmark with promo code: CAD $171.36

Flying into Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW)

Note: No Meet and Greet is coordinated for this location.

United States citizens may find it easier or more reasonable pricing to fly to Detroit and travel by shuttle bus to London. Shuttle busses clear customs at the Ambassador Bridge connecting Detroit to Windsor, Canada. Be prepared to show your passport and make any declarations at the border. This location is not recommended for conference attendees flying from other international destinations.

Robert Q Airbus services Detroit Metro Airport. Special rate conference rate is offered between October 1, 2018 and July 9, 2019 for travel between July 01-15 2019. We recommend arranging your round trip to and from London within one booking.

Robert Q Conference Delegates special rate: Promotions code 7131. Reservations Required.

  • Detroit – London – London Landmark with promo code: CAD $185.70

When booking Detroit Airport as departure and London as destination, be sure to select the option for Address or Landmark in order to confirm transportation all the way to final destination. The drop-down menu provides a list of hotel and campus landmarks. If staying on campus, choose Alumni Hall (UWO) if arriving during conference registration hours or Ontario Hall (arriving after conference registration hours) as the landmark.

This step is necessary because the Robert Q shuttle arrives at a central London depot on Wharncliffe Road, and then a taxi will take guests who have booked the final leg of the journey to their specific address or landmark

Robert Q Airbus
Telephone: 1-800-265-4948 (free from Canada & U.S.)
Email: airbus@robertq.com

Directions to Robert Q Shuttle 

After you’ve arrived in Detroit and COLLECTED YOUR LUGGAGE you must call 1-866-850-7874.

From McNamara Terminal:
Walk from the luggage area to the elevator or escalator and go up to the 2nd floor, exit the elevator or escalator and walk across the pedestrian walkway bridge. When you get to the other side you will take the elevator or escalator down to the ground transportation area, turn left on the ground level near the sign “Canadian Scheduled Shuttles". Watch for your driver 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure and when you see them approaching the terminal make your way to the Robert Q vehicle with your luggage.

From North Terminal:
Walk from the luggage area to the elevator directly across from the information desk, and, go up to the 4th floor where you will walk across the walkway bridge. As soon as you get to the other side take the elevator down to the ground level, exit the elevator, go left. Have a seat inside the terminal in the glass sheltered area. Your driver will park and come inside to collect you

Taking a Bus from Downtown Toronto

If you are coming from DOWNTOWN Toronto (NOT the Pearson International Airport) you can take a Greyhound Express bus to Western University or a regular Greyhound bus to downtown London. Greyhound buses also depart from many other cities in Canada and the United States. Reservations are recommended.

Greyhound Bus Lines
610 Bay Street, Toronto, ON (near Dundas Subway Station)
101 York Street, London, ON 
Telephone: 1-800-661-8747
For buses that go to the Western campus: www.greyhound.ca/Express
For buses that go to the downtown London terminal: www.greyhound.ca

No Meet and Greet is coordinated for this location.

 

Taking a Train to London

Meet and Greet at London VIA Rail - Monday, July 8, 2019

VIA Rail Conference Delegates special rate from Downtown Toronto to London:

  • No code to book travel
  • Fixed rate for one way and return travel
  • Purchase period will be from July 4-13, 2019
  • Booking in advance is recommended

From Toronto (Union Station) to London

Train Departure Arrival One Way - Economy One Way - Business Return Eco Return Eco/Bus Return Business
71 6h45 9h00 $30 $72 $60 $102 $144
79 19h45 21h52
83 (Mon-Fri) 16h35 18h49
81 (Sat) 19h45 21h52

 From London to Toronto (Union Station)

Train Departure Arrival One Way - Economy One Way - Business Return Eco Return Eco/Bus Return Business
72 11h02 13h11 $30 $72 $60 $102 $144
78 19h42 21h51
82 (Mon-Fri) 6h25 8h35
80 (Sat) 7h30 10h04

If you are coming from DOWNTOWN Toronto (NOT the Pearson International Airport) or another Canadian city, you can also take a VIA Rail train. You can purchase tickets at any VIA Rail station, online, by phone and through some travel agents. Reservations are recommended.

Delegates/Guests can also choose other Toronto-London trains and find good deals. However, VIA cannot guarantee the best rates will be available on their preferred dates/departures at the time of reservation.

Delegates/Guests who are also thinking about leisure travel in Canada can check our network and find good deals, however, VIA cannot guarantee the best rates will be available on their preferred dates/departures at the time of reservation.

Train Schedule Toronto - Windsor

Train Schedule Windsor - Toronto

VIA Rail Canada
205 York St., London, ON
65 Front St. W., Toronto, ON
Telephone: 1-800-842-7245 (free from Canada)

Getting from Downtown London (VIA Rail or Bus Stations) to Western

By Public Bus

There are two ways to get to Western on a London Transit Commission (LTC) bus:

  • From the Corner of Richmond Street and York Street take the #6 Richmond Bus (going North) to the University, OR
  • From the corner of Richmond Street and Dundas Street take the #2 (a/b) Dundas bus (going West) to the University

Western is a 15-20 minute bus ride from the VIA and Greyhound Stations. A one-way bus fare costs $2.75 and requires exact change. 

By Car 
Follow Richmond Street (the main street east of the bus station) going north.
Turn left (west) at Western's main gates on University Drive.

By Taxi 
Call one of the London Taxi Companies listed above.  

 

Driving to Western University

From Highway 401 (Downtown Route)

  • Follow Highway 401 to Wellington Road/Exeter Road Exit (#186).
  • Take the Wellington Road branch and head north passing through downtown to Pall Mall Street.
  • Turn west (left) onto Pall Mall and proceed one block to Richmond Street.
  • Turn north (right) onto Richmond Street.
  • Turn left onto University Drive at the University Gates.

From Highway 401 (Peripheral Route)

  • Follow Highway 401 and exit on Highbury Avenue (Exit #189) north to Oxford Street.
  • Turn west (left) on Oxford Street and proceed to Richmond Street.
  • Turn north (right) onto Richmond Street.
  • Turn left onto University Drive at the University Gates.