Ottawa Transportation

Ottawa Transportation

This page provides you with choices for Ottawa Transportation. Are you travelling to Ottawa or looking for transportation during your visit? Since Ottawa is the Capital of Canada, it offers an international airport, train terminal, and bus terminal.

If you are already in Ottawa, scroll down to see the options for transportation around the city. You have your pick of several options for Ottawa transportation:

  1. You can hand over the reins completely to knowledgeable tour guides and tour operators.
  2. You can get to know the city by hopping on the public transit system.
  3. If you have an adventurous spirit and want to take a completely self-guided tour, why not rent a car?


Ottawa Transportation … by Plane

Airplane imageOttawa International Airport (ICAO Code: CYOW) is located in 10 km south of Ottawa’s city centre at 1000 Airport Parkway Private.

The terminal features three levels: Level 1: Arrival and Baggage Claims, Level 2: Security and Holdrooms, Level 3: Check-in Counters.

OC Transpo Route #97 is the designated airport route. A taxi will cost about $29 to get you downtown, and car rental agencies are located across from the passenger terminal building. These rental companies include: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National Alamo.

For parking from a few hours to 60 days, use P1 – Parkade. For daily or long term stays, use the P4 – Long Term parking.

The Lost and Found (for items left in the terminal) is located on level 1 of the passenger terminal building and can be reached at 613-248-2054. Lost baggage is dealt with via the airline.

International flights are serviced by: Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental Express, Delta, united airlines, us airways, westjet. Airport improvement fee of $20.

Ottawa Transportation… by Train

Via Rail LogoThe VIA trains arrive in Ottawa at 200 Tremblay Road. The station is located just 5 minutes east of downtown Ottawa.

You can buy your tickets online or book them at the station during these hours: Monday – Friday 05h00 – 19h00, Saturday 06h00 – 19h00, Sunday 07h30 – 19h00.

The station offers free wi-fi internet, a convenience store, snack bar, and convenient access to taxis and public transportation.

For more information and reservations, call 1.888.842.7245.

Ottawa Transportation … by Bus

travel bus clip artOttawa Central Station is Ottawa’s main intercity bus terminal.

You will find Voyageur Colonial Bus Lines, Greyhound Canada, and Thom Transport buses stopping there.

The station is located at 265 Catherine Street.

The buses offer service to destinations in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario as well as a few locations in the U.S.


Visitors to Ottawa have lots of options for getting around the city. If you want to stay within the downtown core, there is alot to do within walking distance. Other Ottawa transportation options include bike, car rental, taxi, limousine, and bus.

Ottawa Transportation Option: Bike

colourful bikes in a row Capital BIXI is a public bike system that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from April to November.

Seventeen stations scattered throughout Ottawa downtown and 8 stations in Gatineau (approximately 500 meters apart), offer a great alternative to walking. The service currently has 250 bikes in operation. With a membership fee, you then pay a small amount to rent the bikes for short periods of time.

The idea is to use this shared bike system for frequent, short trips. TIP: If you want a bike for an extended period of time, you are better off renting a bike from one of the bike rental shops around town.

Capital Bixi is hoping to have over 500 bikes at 50 stations in Ottawa and Gatineau in the next few years. For more detailed information about Capital Bixi’s service, click here to visit our Ottawa Biking page.

Ottawa Transportation option: Car Rental

While there are lots of things to see and do within walking distance of the downtown core, you may wish to have a bit more flexibility in where to visit or travel a little further afield.

In that case, if you wish to rent a car, there are a number of car rental agencies throughout the city. As mentioned above, the airport has the following car rental companies on-site: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National Alamo.

Check their websites in order to get reservation information and find a location near you.

For some great tips on driving in winter conditions, check out our article (Winter Driving: 25 tips that could save your life)

Ottawa Transportation option: Taxi

taxicab clip artThere are numerous taxi cab companies that service the Ottawa area. Some of the main ones include: Blue Line Taxi Company Limited (613.238.1111), Capital Taxi (613.744.3333) and DJ’s Taxi (613.829.9900). The taxicab companies have debit/credit card machines for customer convenience.

Licensed City of Ottawa taxicabs will have:

  • Well-lit taxi signs on the top of their car
  • City of Ottawa licnese plate on the rear bumper
  • ID Number posted inside and outside the cab
  • Tariff card listing fees inside the car
  • Photo ID of the driver inside the car with the City of Ottawa logo

Ottawa Transportation option: Limousine

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Limousine companies are also available for those who want an extra-special visit. Three popular choices for limousine companies in Ottawa are:

AAA Limousines at 1-866-990-1471
Legacy Limousines at 613.737.7433 and
Impress Limousine Corporation at 613.742.5269.

Ottawa Transportation option: Bus (Public Transit)

One of the largest public transportation systems in the world, Ottawa’s bus service is called OC Transpo. With a dedicated transit system that runs from one end of Ottawa to the other, you can expect quick and easy travel, unaffected by regular traffic delays.

It’s always nice to read, listen to music, or just daydream while the bus speeds by frustrated drivers during high traffic times.

The rates are very reasonable and you can even buy day passes. Their website has plenty of information on schedules, fees and other items.


The Empress of Ottawa--a sightseeing vessel

Get to see the sights of Ottawa while aboard the three-deck sightseeing vessel, the Empress of Ottawa. Capital Cruises takes visitors for some spectacular views of the Parliament Buildings, Museum of Civilization, Rideau Falls, Rideau Canal and the Prime Minister’s residence. They offer a professional commentary told in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin or Spanish.

The Empress departs daily (every 1.5 hours) from Jacques Cartier Park Warf in Gatineau (Hull Sector), or at the base of the Rideau Canal locks between Parliament Hill and Fairmont Chateau Laurier.

Tickets are available from these places or at their ticket kiosk on Confederation Square. The cost of the tour is $22 for Adults, $19 for Seniors and Students, $12 for Children (6-15), and $55 for a family of four. Children 5 and under are free.

Check their website at for more information and for exact departure times.

They also offer cocktail cruises, private charters, corporate events, wedding, and sunset dinner cruises.

clipart image of double decker busFor another unique way to experience Canada’s capital, climb aboard for a professional tour!

Pick from your choice of

  • an Amphibus tour
  • a Double-decker bus tour
  • or an old-fashioned Trolley Bus tour

With Lady Dive Tours, you can customize your own tour experience. They have a number of combo packages so that you can experience an entertaining and educational tour or take advantage of the “Hop-on-hop-off” policy for the bus and trolley tours.

The amphibus tour is a unique boat-with-wheels vehicle that takes the tour on the water and on the road!

They have numerous packages that combine visits with local museums and attractions. For information and booking, call 613.524.2221 or visit their website at

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