How safe is Kitchener at night?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Oct 2, 2012 9:26 PM Last Post By: shivaz
Sep 20, 2012 2:46 PM
How safe is Kitchener at night?Hello people~
I'm taking a trip to Canada next week and it's my first time ever in the country so I don't know much about it.
I'm visiting some cities in Ontario (Mississauga, Kitchener, London, the Niagara Falls area and maybe Toronto) and I have a question specifically about Kitchener.
I've booked a hotel in Mississauga for 4 days (September 25th - September 29th) but I'm going to watch a show in Kitchener's Centre in the Square on September 27th. Thing is, the show ends around 21.00 or 21.30 and as far as I can tell from the GO bus schedules the last bus from Kitchener to Mississauga is around 21.30.
I am not certain I will actually have enough time to catch the bus and I didn't want to book another hotel for just one night. I was wondering how much of a sane choice would it be to just stick around the area and wait for the morning bus. Is it a safe area? Will I be in any danger? Is there some sort of 24 hour store, like a diner or an internet cafe or something that I could stay in and wait for morning to come? Alternatively, is it even an option to get a taxi from Kitchener to Mississauga? Would it be too expensive to make it worth?
In both my trips to Japan I stayed outside waiting for morning transportation to restart and I have even done this in my own country but I know that Japan is relatively safe and I know which areas in my city are the least dangerous. I have, however, no idea about Canada and no one to ask so if anyone of you could provide me with some info., I would be grateful.
Sep 20, 2012 11:38 PM
1I can't see you having any trouble. Are you going to be by yourself? The taxi from Kitchener to the airport is 90$ so probably the same to your hotel.
There used to be a couple of 24 hour diners downtown. I'm not sure if they are there any more. I'll check and get back here about it.
One solution "maybe" is to be the first one out after the show run for all your worth down to Weber st. and flag down the bus as it goes by. You'll have to run about 7 blocks. Probably won't work.
Sep 21, 2012 4:21 AM
Sep 21, 2012 6:44 AM
3As bosworth said - it is a fairly safe city although the main bus terminal isn't in the best part of town (assuming the one I have in mind is the one that the GO buses leave from).
I can't think of any diners open 24hrs in the area but there is a Tim Hortons (national coffee chain - open 24hrs) across the road from the Centre in the Square. Not sure what their policy is about spending the night though.
Definitely try the Greyhound connections as ref_traveller suggests as I don't think the GO buses/trains is going to be your best option.
Sep 21, 2012 7:17 AM
4Further to the previous comments, you could also do a 'hybrid' trip--take the Greyhound to get you back to Toronto (get off at the Royal York hotel across the street from Union Station, rather than going all the way to the end of the line at the Toronto coach terminal) and then take the GO bus (or train) from Union Station out to Mississauga.
The last Lakeshore West train leaves at 12:43am, and there's a Lakeshore West bus at 1:30am. If you're headed for central Mississauga, the last Milton buses leave at 1:20am.
The fraction of the trip that you choose to do by bus versus by taxi will depend on how much you want to spend, and how late you want to stay up. Good luck!
Sep 21, 2012 8:03 PM
5Thank you for the replies!
The greyhound option sounds a little complicated to me at the moment but it might be cause I'm quite stressed and it's 6 in the morning. I'll review it again later. It looks like it's the kind of option I would use if I decided I'm too tired (or scared) to stay out all night and was desperate to get back. It's nice to have as an option, so thanks!
I checked Google Maps and located the Tim Hortons place. I don't so much want to spend the whole night there, I mostly want to know there's a place I could go to buy a drink and use the bathroom if I felt the need. So, if it is indeed open 24 hours, I guess it will do.
The bus terminal I need to use according to Google maps, again, is in Charles Street. Is that the place you had in mind Elora? If I do indeed spend the night outside waiting maybe I should do so closer to Center in the Square rather than the Bus Terminal?
Anyway, since at least 2 of you seem to think it's relatively safe, I guess I will just wait it out till morning if I do indeed miss the last bus.
Sep 21, 2012 9:36 PM
6Anyway, since at least 2 of you seem to think it's relatively safe
You're highly unlikely to have any problems. It wouldn't bother me to wander around at night. Or even all night. Use the same common sense you use everywhere else and you'll be fine
The bus terminal is on Charles st. The greyhound driver may let you out in Mississauga if you ask him. Then take a taxi from there. I'm not sure what route they take.
You could easily spend the the night sitting in Tim Hortons. No one would bother you. There are a bunch of cafes/bars/lounges on King St and in that area probably open quite late. They may even still have the oudoor seating.
Center in the square is in sort of a residential area. The bus station is downtown. I would head downtown and look for something to do.
This is what I would do. Head for the bus station right after the show and ask the bus driver if he will let you out in Mississauga in the general area of your hotel. Then get a taxi from there. I'm not sure of their route but the driver will know. Make sure you sit at the front and remind him.
Sep 22, 2012 10:37 AM
7The Greyhound will take Hwy 401 into Toronto. It will not stop on the side of the highway to let off a passenger. And, OP, the nights are quite cold these days. Are you sure you want to stay outside all night? Just head into downtown Toronto and then connect to the GO train, or, at the very least, spend your night in Toronto where there are more all-night options (cafés, bars, restaurants) than in Kitchener.
Sep 24, 2012 10:10 AM
Sep 24, 2012 10:25 AM
9One of my colleagues just told told that the Tim Horton's near the Centre in the Square isn't open 24 hours anymore . . . and I can't confirm anything on their website. But it's literally less than a 2 minute walk from the C in the S - so it'll be easy to check if it's open. . . . and the Police Station is nearby too, so that should keep the Baddies to a minimum (a Police Station close to a Donut Shop? Way to go Marketing Dept!).
Oct 2, 2012 9:26 PM
10I would certainly NOT be worried about being there at night (coming from a female who travelled a lot in Canada, hitchhiking and camping on the side of the road - hundreds of rides and zero problems)
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