Cambridge has transportation advantages that clearly point to business opportunities.  The area is well connected to regional, national and international markets by road, rail, air and water services.  These transportation services are part of an overall physical infrastructure that is modern and well maintained.  In addition, efficient transportation for the workforce is the norm.

Cambridge's location is serviced by an extensive network of regional and provincial highways.  These connections make Cambridge an excellent location to accommodate Just-In-Time manufacturing systems. Cambridge's main transportation attribute is its location to Highway 401 which supports a variety of multi-modal transportation alternatives for the area.  This extensive toll free, high quality road system available in the Province of Ontario puts Cambridge in an ideal position to service Canada's industrial heartland and the northeastern United States.

map of regional roads

Cambridge internal road network 
Cambridge has a well-developed road system within the City. Highways 401, 8 and 24 traverse the City, and there are five interchanges to Highway 401, facilitating access to this major transportation route from the three industrial areas in the city.

map of internal road network

A number of trucking firms have established terminals in the City and surrounding region.  There are also full service customs bonded warehousing terminals offering customhouse brokerage, consulting and international freight forwarding services, and public warehousing.

Ontario Trucking Association                                   

555 Dixon Road, Rexdale, ON M9W 1H8

Tel: (416) 249-7401

Freight Service - General Information

Kitchener Waterloo Customs Warehouse, Kitchener  

Tel: (519) 743-6141

Cambridge Customs Warehouse:                            

Tel: (519) 621-9270

 Public transit service 
The Grand River Transit System covers the majority of the City providing affordable public transportation. For information on routes contact:

Grand River Transit General Inquiries                    

Tel: (519) 585-7555

Specialized Services (Transmobility)                      

Tel: (519) 623-8490

Rail service 
Cambridge is serviced by both Canadian National and Canadian Pacific main line freight handling systems.  The complete freight handling facilities include piggyback, bulk and refrigerated services.  Spur lines serve all the industrial parks.   

Canadian National

Carload & Intermodal Rates, Intermodal Services & Carload Service    

Tel: (800) 601-7630  

Canadian Pacific Railway

Transportation Service Centre                                                          

Tel: (800) 704-4000

Carload Rate                                                                                  

Tel: (888) 406-5347

Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport, located approximately 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Cambridge, is the country's busiest airport.  Cambridge businesses are assured of worldwide passenger and cargo air services only moments away.

Lester B. Pearson International

Tel: (416) 776-3000

The Region of Waterloo International Airport (YKF), owned and operated by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, is located at the doorstep of the Cambridge Business Park, and supports a full range of business and leisure air services. Its modern runways, latest navigational aids and instrument approach capabilities equip the airport to handle a broad range of aircraft from helicopters to the DC 9 or Boeing 727.

Passengers can travel to over 250 destinations including WestJet, offering daily non-stop service to Calgary and weekly  service to Orlando and Sunwing Airlines offering weekly direct service to Cuba from December through mid-March 


Region of Waterloo International Airport             

4881 Fountain Street North                              

P.O. Box 160                                                    

Breslau ON  N0B 1M0                                         

Tel: (519) 648-2256 

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport is located 46 kilometres (25 miles) from Cambridge and provides air services on a regional and international setting.  Currently specializing in courier and scheduled cargo (UPS, Purolator Courier, FedEx, Royal Cargo, All Canada Express, etc.) as well as charter cargo (All Canada Express (ACE), USA Jet, American International, Kitty Hawk, etc.), Hamilton International is Canada's #1 airport in terms of freighter aircraft. Along with its significant base of cargo and courier jet operations, the airport offers daily scheduled passenger service with U.S. Air, Continental and WestJet. Many Cambridge businesses have found Hamilton Airport to be an excellent supplement to Toronto's Pearson International.

John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport             

9300 Airport Road, Suite 2206                                  

Mount Hope ON L0R 1W0

Tel: (905) 679-1999                                         

Flight times to various cities 
Flight times to various cities
CityHoursDistance (miles)
Buffalo .72 69
Montreal 1 315
New York 1.5 358
Miami   1,237
Calgary 4 1,671
Vancouver 4.75 2,078
Los Angeles 5.25 2,172
London 6.75 3,557
Tokyo 15.5 6,194



The St. Lawrence Seaway is one of the most important domestic and international transportation systems in the world, affecting an area containing nearly a third of the combined populations of Canada and the United States.  Along its course, ships of the worlds trading nations, carrying their cargoes of up to 28,000 tons to and from the heartland of North America, are raised and lowered some 183 M (600 feet) by a series of locks.

Access to the St. Lawrence Seaway for a Cambridge located company is available through either the Port of Toronto and/or the Port of Hamilton.  The Port of Toronto is located 96 km (60 miles) from Cambridge and is a large international trade centre offering full service cargo handling facilities.  The Port of Hamilton, located 42 km (26 miles) from Cambridge is a growing full service port facility with a strong commitment to servicing the business community.  Truck and rail access is available to both of these major port facilities providing Cambridge business with access to the seaway and ocean transportation.

Harbour Services - General Information

The Toronto Port Authority                                            

60 Harbour Street                                                       

Toronto, ON M5J 1B7    

Tel: (416) 863-2000                                                                                                                           

Hamilton Port Authority                                                  

605 James Street North                                                 

Hamilton, ON L8L 1K1                                                    

Tel: (905) 525-4330