For first-rate visitor information, go to the Stratford Tourism Alliance Visitors Centre (47 Downie St.; www.visitstratford.ca; tel. 800/567-7926 or 519/271-5140), across from City Hall. There you can find maps, advice, as well as information for events.
Driving from Toronto, take Hwy. 401 W to I-278 at Kitchener. Follow Hwy. 8 W onto Hwy. 7/8 to Stratford. (Hwy. 7/8 turns into Ontario St., Stratford’s main drag, once you enter city limits.)
For me, nothing beats the train, and Stratford is a small and very walkable town and easily done without a car. So unless you’re planning to tour the surrounding area, book a ticket with VIA Rail (www.viarail.ca; tel. 800/VIA-RAIL [800/842-7245] or 416/366-8411). Canada’s national rail company operates two trains to Stratford daily. You can book your rail travel in advance by phone, although it’s easiest to book using the website. The train ride takes about 2 hours each way.
The festival also runs a direct $29 Toronto-return (round-trip) bus to Stratford from the InterContinental Toronto Centre (225 Front St. W.). The bus runs twice daily, at 10am and 3pm. Book through the Stratford Festival website at www.stratfordfestival.ca/whatson/busbooking.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.