Getting Around

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport,

is conveniently located in the west end of the city about 4.4 miles (7 km) from Portage and Main. Major airlines servicing Winnipeg include Air Canada, WestJet, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines, as well as many smaller regional carriers. The airport has a new terminal which opened in 2011.

Call: +1 (204) 987-9402, (IATA: YWG) is the major airport serving the city.

shuttle-serviceWinnipeg Shuttle Service 

Winnipeg Shuttle Service is available for your private “Door to Door” travel requirements anywhere in the area, even to or from outside Winnipeg. Reservations are usually required in advance of your plane, train or bus arrival. The traveler may also wish to consider utilizing air services provided from Grand Forks, North Dakota or Fargo, North Dakota, which are two and a half hours and three and a half hours by road from Winnipeg respectively. Particularly when flying to and from other points in the United States, this can result in very substantial savings. The international boundary at Pembina, North Dakota & Emerson, Manitoba is open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Then call the shuttle service to get to or from Winnipeg.

Vital (handicap) Transit Services Limited +1 (204) 633-2022 [34]
Winnipeg Shuttle & LIMO XTRA SERVICE +1 (204) 981-0981 [35]
Limo or Shuttle – Limo-Sedan fares (up to 4 people with luggage) are generally $30 flat rate and up.

The Limos can actually be cheaper per/person than a taxi depending on where you are going and because your price is pre-determined, the traffic and time it takes is not a factor. If you need a Limo or Shuttle Van (up to 10 people with luggage) you should have it pre-booked to guarantee it will be there, especially in the winter. Pre-booking a Limo will cost you a little more, but it will be there when you arrive and waiting, just for you.


Taxi – Expect to pay around $20 plus tip (15-20%) for a taxi (room for about 2-3 people depending on luggage) to central Winnipeg. Maximum fare to anywhere in the city is about $55 depending on traffic.

Taxis are licensed in Winnipeg and every driver must have their identification visible. For security purposes, taxi drivers are protected by a shield and have video surveillance. By law, fares are non-negotiable and determined by a meter.

Smoking and open alcohol are not allowed. The most common taxi model is the smaller Toyota Prius.Winnipeg Taxicab Tariff: Starting fee: $3.50 with 72.5 metres, then $0.10 for each additional 72.5 metres + $0.10 for each 13.18 seconds of time. Whenever the taxi stops, there’s a “waiting time charge” of $0.10 for each 13.18 seconds of metered waiting time. A 10 km ride works out to about $17.20 + any waiting times + tip (15-20%).

Blueline Taxi: +1 (204) 925-8887
Duffy’s Taxi: +1 (204) 925-0101 [31]
Spring Taxi: +1 (204) 774-8294 [32]
Unicity Taxi: +1 (204) 925-3131 [33]
Vital (handicap) Transit Services Limited +1 (204) 633-2022 [34]


The Winnipeg airport has five car rental companies on-site: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz and National. Car Rental counters are located on the main floor of the Parkade across from the terminal.

By Bus

Greyhound Canada and Grey Goose, +1 (800) 661-8747, [22] provide service to Winnipeg from across the continent; routes also extend throughout the province of Manitoba. The bus depot is at the airport.

By Train

Via Rail, +1 (888) 842-7245, operates the national passenger rail service on behalf of the Government of Canada. Passengers arrive at Union Station downtown, within easy walking distance of The Forks.

Union Station, 123 Main St. (Corner of Main street and Broadway Avenue (downtown).), ☎ +1 (888) 842-7245. It was designed by the same architects behind Grand Central Station in New York, and is a monument to the Beaux-Arts era. It is definitely worth a visit and houses a railway museum in the summer months. 

Via Rail routes serving Winnipeg:
The Canadian from Vancouver (via Edmonton and Jasper) or Toronto runs 3 days a week each direction.

The Winnipeg-Churchill completes the 1,700 kilometre journey (over 1,000 miles!) to the vast subarctic region of Northern Manitoba in two days. Departures from Winnipeg on Tuesdays and Sundays and from Churchill on Thursdays and Saturdays, via The Pas and Thompson.

Winnipeg is on the Trans-Canada Highway.

From the south, take US Interstate 29, which then becomes Provincial Highway 75, and Pembina Highway once inside Winnipeg’s city limits. Winnipeg is one hour from the Canada-US border and two and one half hours from Grand Forks, ND.

From the west, the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) leads directly to Winnipeg from Regina. Winnipeg is 3 hours and 20 minutes from the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border.
From the east, Ontario Highway 17 becomes Highway 1 at the Manitoba border (at which time it becomes a 4-lane divided highway). The journey from the Ontario border to Winnipeg’s outside “Perimeter Highway” is about 1 hour and 30 minutes and about another 30-45 minutes to DTN, depending on traffic.
Approximate driving times from nearby cities to Winnipeg are about:
8 hours from Saskatoon
6 hours from Regina
2.75 hours from Kenora
8 hours from Thunder Bay
3.5 hours from Fargo
6 hours from Bismarck
7 hours from Sioux Falls or Minneapolis
14 hours from Edmonton, Calgary or Chicago.

Highways. Winnipeg is one of the first Canadian cities of its size to have a ring road (Highway 100/101), which provides a by-pass for travellers on the Trans-Canada Highway. Portage Avenue, the city route of the Trans-Canada Highway, follows regular city streets.

On Foot

Winnipeg is generally not a walking-centric city. Because municipal law mandates that all new buildings must contain large amounts of parking between the sidewalk and the building itself, pedestrians will be confronted with a morass of cars in all directions. Winnipeg’s main arteries all contain boulevards and are extremely wide by world standards, with Main Street having ten lanes where it meets Portage Avenue downtown. However, this pedestrian-unfriendliness is primarily perceived rather than real. Virtually all streets contain sidewalks on both sides running for the street’s entire length, and stoplight crossings are frequent even on highways.

One should note that walking across Portage and Main is prohibited and physically impeded by concrete barricades. Since the 1970’s, and despite protests, pedestrians have been required to cross this famous intersection through an underground concourse, which has a variety of entry points in or near the office towers on all four corners.