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The historic city of Hamilton stands at the west end of Lake Ontario. Thanks to the Niagara Escarpment (a United Nations World Biosphere) that divides it in two, this manufacturing and port city has outstanding trails, waterfalls and views.
There’s no shortage of cultural attractions for visitors arriving on cheap flights to Hamilton. Dundurn Castle is the stately mansion once owned by Sir Allan Napier MacNab and now offers a fascinating insight into what life was like in 1855. The Museum of Steam and Technology, another National Historic Site, preserves the technology that powered Hamilton 140 years ago, while, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum has restored aircraft from more recent times.
Along with McMaster University, which gives the city a young, buzzy vibe, it has a proud sporting tradition. It’s home to the Tiger Cats and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum, has live horse racing year round at Flamboro Downs and has hosted the Canadian Open four times.
Flights to Hamilton, Ontario range from about 2-11h. The length of your flight will depend on several factors, including your departure city, if you booked a direct flight or not, and the time of year. Those flying in from Winnipeg can get to Hamilton in about 4 hours, whereas flights from Montreal may be at least double that time. If you’re traveling from other parts of Ontario, like London and Toronto, driving is your best bet since Hamilton is so close by, especially during spring and summer months.
Airlines like Air Canada, WestJet, and Swoop offer direct flights to Hamilton from major airports, including Vancouver and Winnipeg. If you’re flying to Hamilton from Montreal, expect at least one layover along your journey.
Hamilton is home to one major airport, John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM), which is about 19km from its city centre. There are several services you can use to get to the city centre from the airport.
A taxi is one of the most popular forms of transport when departing the airport. A taxi to Hamilton’s city centre will cost you about C$30-40 and should take about 15-20 minutes. Lyft and Uber are other popular methods, with their fares generally costing less than taxis, though this can change if it’s a peak time. The most affordable way to get to Hamilton city centre from the airport is by taking the number 20 bus. It departs regularly from the airport to various points in the city and costs about C$4 one way.
Hamilton is located along Lake Ontario and a city steeped with natural beauty and plenty of personality.
A trip to Spencer Gorge Conservation Area will help you understand why Hamilton is called ‘The City of Waterfalls’. Enjoy a stroll through lush greenery, and yes, see tranquil waterfalls along the way. Dundurn Castle will transport you to another era, thanks to its stunning 19th-century style, fashioned after classic Italian villas. Take a tour through the grounds and remember to visit its impressive produce gardens. Canada’s botanic gardens are located in Hamilton. Its Royal Botanic Gardens are the largest in the world, and is composed of rock gardens, rose gardens, and even a sublime wildlife sanctuary. Hamilton is also perfectly situated between both Niagara Falls and Toronto, so day trips to these two incredible destinations is almost a must.
No, you will need neither a passport nor a visa to travel to Hamilton from other areas of Canada. It’s always a great idea to bring a valid passport when travelling by air in particular, however, just so your identification can be established with ease as needed.
Hamilton has a full calendar of arts and sporting events and is a year-round destination.
Most visitors arrive during the summer months when the weather is at its best.
Hamilton is a four-season destination with plenty to see and do year-round and there is no off season per se. In general the weeks just after Christmas and New Years are quiet and a good time to search for cheap flights to Hamilton and accommodations.