An easy and inexpensive way to get around Kingston is by city bus. The city operates a municipal transit system that runs during the day and evening, Monday through Saturday. Some buses start at 6 a.m. and to 11:30 p.m. A special shuttle bus serving Queen's University runs after midnight.
Bus service is only available during the day on Sunday in certain areas. Regular bus service is also reduced on certain holidays such as Family Day, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Boxing Day. (see Canadian Holidays).
Bus tickets are not used in Kingston. Passengers can purchase monthly passes or special cards that can be loaded with pre-paid trips. People who purchase monthly passes are eligible for a federal tax credit. Bus passes and cards can be purchased or reloaded at City Hall and a number of other locations throughout the city. Exact fare in coins is also accepted.
Students at St. Lawrence College and undergraduate students at Queen's University who have valid student cards can ride the bus at no charge between September and April.
Kingston Transit has an online trip planner that can be used to find the most efficient way to get around Kingston on foot, bus or both.
From April to November, all city buses are equipped with specially designed steel racks to carry bicycles. See also Bikes & e-Bikes for more information on cycling in Kingston.
Bus service is available on certain days in rural areas of the city through Dial-A-Ride. Trips must be booked 24 hours in advance. See For More Information links below.
Passengers with Disabilities
The city transit system has a number of Easier Access Routes. These routes use special "kneeling buses" that have low floors and wider doors and aisles to assist people who use walkers, wheelchairs, canes or other special equipment. The city also uses smaller accessible buses with wheelchair lifts on some routes.
Information on the location of wheelchair accessible stops and bus stops with inaccessible curbs is available by calling 613-546-0000.
Riders with impaired vision can obtain a Bus Hailing Kit from the Canadian Institute for the Blind (CNIB). The kit provides a plastic, reflective card that can be waved at an approaching bus .
Kingston Access Services operates special buses for people with physical disabilities who are unable to use the regular bus system. Riders must register in advance for the service. The access bus does not run on New Year's Day, Good Friday and Thanksgiving Day. Extended hours are available on New Year's Eve.
People on low incomes may be eligible for a discount on monthly bus passes through the Municipal Fee Assistance Program. The discounts are offered on Kingston Transit Monthly My Card passes. Application forms are available online through the City of Kingston website (see For More Information links below) and a number of municipal facilities.
For More Information
All city buses are equipped with a Rack and Roll system that allows cyclists to load their bicycles onto a special steel rack at the front of the bus.
An introduction to Kingston’s bus system, with information about schedules, fares, routes, and special programs and bus features.
Information on bus routes that use kneeling buses or small buses with wheelchair lifts.
How to register for the Kingston Access Bus and other special transportation services in Kingston.
Transit users are eligible for a federal government tax credit. Includes information about how to calculate the amount.
An online tool that can be used to plan a trip in Kingston using Kingston Transit, walking or both. Includes information on travel times and bus numbers.
Information on discounts for low-income riders on Kingston Transit and reduced costs on municipal recreation programs. Includes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on fee assistance and online application formthat can be downloaded.
The different types of public transportation systems in Ontario are explained. Includes information on public transit buses, streetcars, taxis, trains, car rentals and how to pay.
The public health department and the City of Kingston encourage walking, biking, taking public transit, or any other physical means as an alternative to using a car.