Travel and Transportation

Situated in the east of the province of Ontario, the city is less than two (2) hours west of Montréal, a one (1) hour flight east from Toronto, and only one (1) hour away from the US/Canada border. Whether you arrive by car, train, plane, or sea, transport is simple and easy. After your arrival, you will find that Ottawa is a small and efficient city, having many options to get around using the bus, taxis or limousine services.

Ottawa International Airport

Less than twenty (20) minutes away by car from downtown Ottawa, the Ottawa International Airport (YOW) offers airport services to and from most cities in Canada and the US and offer seasonal services to and from Europe, Caribbean and South America. The international airports of Montréal (YUL, 1.5 hour drive) and Toronto (YYZ, 4 hour drive) also offer scheduled direct flights to and from most major cities including New York, Washington, Paris and London.


VIA Rail offers regular train service to Ottawa from both west and east to the Ottawa Central Station located a little bit east of the center of the city. The Montreal Central Station (2 hours by train) and Toronto Union Station (4 hours by train) offer several departures to Canadian cities with Via Rail and American destinations through Amtrak. It is an inexpensive way to move between different cities.

Bus, Taxis and Uber

OC Transpo offers a rapid transit service to downtown Ottawa from Ottawa International Airport, Ottawa Central Station, and the Ottawa Bus Terminal. If you are staying in Gatineau, Quebec, the STO bus service makes several trips to and from downtown Ottawa. The bus is a safe and affordable way to get around. There are also several taxi companies. It is a safe and reliable means of transport that guarantees simplicity and user-friendliness on the move, in addition to having a high standard of customer service. In addition, the Uber service, legal in Ottawa, puts you in touch with a driver in minutes. Uber offers a wide range of options at all prices.