How to get around in Winnipeg?

How To Get Around In Winnipeg

What are the best ways to get around in Winnipeg?

How to get around in Winnipeg? One of the most common question when traveling to a new city. Figuring out how to get around efficiently and cost effectively is important when traveling to a new city. Visiting a new city can be a ton of fun, but pricey if you don't know your way around. We have created a list of some of the most popular transportation options available in Winnipeg during your sports trip. Plan the ultimate trip with the help of our travel experts and don't get caught unprepared when traveling to a new city!

How to get around in Winnipeg

If you aren’t using a car, your best bet to get around Winnipeg is either by bike or using the bus. Driving is the easiest and most efficient way of getting around Winnipeg if you are staying downtown. Winnipeg has some great transportation options for those coming to town for a Winnipeg Jets game!

How to get around in Winnipeg?

Here is a list of options on how to get around in Winnipeg:

  • Bus
    • Winnipeg Transit
      • Fleet of 640 buses covering 86 routes through the city
    • Downtown Spirit
      • Free bus circulating downtown Winnipeg via Portage Avenue and Memorial Boulevard and back to The Forks.

  • Rideshare
    • Uber
    • TappCar

  • Car Rental
    • Elite Sports Tours can assist you with a car rental reservation during your trip.

  • Taxis
    • Can be difficult to hail on the street, best to get one at a hotel.

These are some of the best transportation options when trying to figure out how to get around in Winnipeg.

How to get around in Winnipeg?

# of Major Winnipeg Airports: 1


  1. Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG)


How to get to and from YWG

Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport (YWG) is the largest airport in Winnipeg and the one most commonly used by tourists. This international airport is the seventh busiest airport in Canada by passenger traffic, serving 4,484,343 passengers in 2018.


Located only a 20 minute drive from Downtown Winnipeg, it is quite easy to get to and from YWG. If you are flying in for a Winnipeg Jets game be sure to give yourself some added time before puck drop, traffic around any major airport can be unpredictable and you don’t want to risk being late to the game! 


Below are your best available options for how to get to downtown Winnipeg from YWG so you can start your sports getaway!


  • Public Transit: There are two Winnipeg Transit bus services that run to and from YWG and although it may not be the most time efficient method, taking 40 minutes, it is the most cost effective only running you $3.00 CAD. The bus terminal can be found at the south end of the airport. The two routes from YWG to downtown Winnipeg are as follows:
    • 15 Sargent/Mountain, airport to Inkster via downtown
    • 20 Academy/Watt, airport to Leighton via downtown


  • Taxi: Taking a cab from the airport to downtown Winnipeg may be your best bet in terms of convenience. Taxis from YWG are not a flat rate, they are priced by the meter, but this 20 minute drive should cost you around $16.00 CAD, depending on traffic of course. Only Unicity cabs run from YWG and they are available just outside Exit 3 of the terminal building. If you’re new to Winnipeg and want to take the scenic route downtown ask your driver to take you down Academy Road and Wellington Crescent. This way you will pass some of Winnipeg’s oldest and most elegant homes alongside the Assiniboine River.
  • Sedan Service/Limo: There are 22 limos that service YWG. You pay for the added luxury of riding in a limo in Winnipeg, with an average trip downtown from the YWG costing you $35.00 CAD for a sedan and $55.00 CAD in a stretch limo. Some are available without reservation and can be found outside Exit 3 of the terminal building.
  • Rental Car: Be sure to ask your Elite Sports Tours representative to secure a rental car for you before your trip! YWG offers four different car rental counters offering six different companies, including Enterprise, Budget and Avia. All locations can be found on the main level of the four-level parkade. Cost of your rental car will vary depending on the length of your trip and your car selection.
  • Ride Sharing: Three different ride-share companies service YWG. Uncommon ride share companies like TappCar, ReRyde and Uride picking up passengers up outside of the most eastern door on the Arrivals Level. 
  • Airport Shuttles: Many hotels in downtown Winnipeg offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from YWG for their guests. Be sure to ask your Elite Sports Tours representative about your hotel’s shuttle service, if applicable. Pick-up times can be coordinated by communicating your flight information with your hotel.

For getting to Downtown Winnipeg from YWG we recommend taking a taxi. This ever-reliable option is your most efficient choice and the cost is very reasonable. If you happen to be one of the select few who have TappCar, ReRyde and Uride apps on your phone then they would also be an good option.  

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