Transportation around Kingston
Dress for the weather when you set out on a long walk. The best thing to do is to wear layers of clothing so that if you get too hot, you can take off a coat or sweater. Then, if it becomes colder before you get home, you can put that coat back on. It is also important to wear proper boots or shoes for walking.
Walking is the best way to learn where things are in the city. Take a map with you to help you find the places you need to go to. Do not hesitate to ask for directions. Most people are happy to help you.
As with walking, you should dress for the season. Here are some rules to remember when bike-riding:
- Ride your bike on the right-hand side of the road, using the bike land when available. Do not ride bicycles on the sidewalk.
- Bicycles are considered ‘vehicles’ under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and local by-laws. Cyclists must obey the same traffic rules as drivers. Stop for red lights and stop signs, and use directional hand signals.
- Wearing a helmet is strongly recommended for all cyclists and is required by law for children under 18 years of age.
Bikes have been stolen on Queen’s Campus; to prevent theft, make sure to lock your bike securely. There are bike racks outside of most buildings on campus. Campus Security offers advice about cycling and securing your bicycle.
There is an on-campus bicycle repair shop called Bikes and Boards located in the lower level of the JDUC across from the SGPS Student Advisors’ Office. They offer bike and skateboard repair and some used bike sales.
Where to get a less expensive bike
A bike-share service is available around Queen’s and downtown Kingston. Dropbike has bicycles available that can be unlocked using their mobile app. The service requires a credit card and their mobile app.
A portion of your student activity fees is dedicated to Kingston Transit. This lets students travel at no additional cost on all KT buses within the city. When you board a bus, just show your student ID card to the driver.
To get information on when and where the bus stops, and the current bus fare for adults and children visit the Routes and Schedules page of the City of Kingston’s Transit website. Kingston Transit’s Trip Planner can be used to help figure out schedules and routes.
The price of a taxi ride is determined by a meter and not by the driver. Therefore, the fare displayed on the electronic meter beside the driver cannot be negotiated and is the price you must pay. Taking a taxi is one of the more expensive modes of transport within Kingston, but the price is fairly reasonable and much lower than in a large city like London (UK) or New York (USA). It’s also a safe alternative to walking late at night, after buses stop running. Ask for an estimate of the price when you first call the taxi office for a ride to get a rough idea of cost.
There are two main taxi companies in Kingston:
Both Amey’s and Modern Taxi accept credit and debit cards, so you can take a taxi even if you don’t have any cash on you. It is customary to tip the driver 12-15% of the final fare. Uber users can also access Uber service and the application in Kingston.