There is no train service to Midland.
The nearest bus stop that I could find is approx. 16 miles / 26 km east of Midland, in Coldwater Ontario.
Services at Coldwater are limited, so you will need to pre-purchase your return ticket. From Coldwater, you would need to take a taxi to Midland. Hopefully some who know the area & services available will be able to advise you further.
This is an area of the province that is best accessed by car, if possible.
It’s really hard to know how you will react. Based on my own driving in the UK and the experience of others, some people adapt easily to sitting on the wrong side of the car, driving on the wrong side of the road. Personally, I find it stressful, but I do it, even to the point of once driving into London to drop the car at King’s Cross.
One advantage you’ll have is that the car will have an automatic gear box, so you won’t have to worry about shifting gears with the wrong hand. A disadvantage is that Ontario drivers are, on average, poorer drivers than UK ones. So, expect dumb, unexpected moves.
I have always found driving out of Pearson Airport quite hairy. You are in a strange car, there is heavy traffic and complicated interchanges. If you survive the first 10 km and get on to highway 400 north (the 400 series highways are equivalent to the M highways in the UK), you’ll be fine. You’ll have 100km of straight motorway driving - just stay in the right hand lane at maybe 5 to 10 km over the speed limit, and let the idiots race pass you on the left. The last 25 km will be on the equivalent of an A road. It’s mostly rural and you should be comfortable enough by then to handle it.
Hi Griffyuk....there IS service to Midland by bus. Getaway Coach Lines took over that route from Greyhound back in April. And the connection in Barrie is within 10 minutes. The schedule is as follows:
Depart Toronto - 8:00 am, arrive Barrie 9:30 (service is with Greyhound), depart Barrie (Getaway Coach Lines) at 9:40 arrive Midland 10:40. There is a later bus departing Toronto 1615, arrive Barrie 1800, depart Barrie 1820, arrive Midland 1920. The fare is $38.70 (HST included).
Hope this helps.
Thanks for the new info, AG !
Thank you for that info! i shall look it up.
I have decided to hire a car so will let you all know how I get on when I return. Trying to book buses was even more stressful!
Thanks very much
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