Flying to Ottawa

The Ottawa International Airport is located conveniently a short distance south of the Ottawa city centre. Many large and small Canadian and American commercial airlines and charters connect Ottawa to numerous Canadian and international cities, making it easy to fly into Ottawa, no matter where you start from.

Taking the Train to Ottawa

VIA Rail operates Canada’s train network from one end of the country to the other. A scenic train ride will bring you to Ottawa, leaving you at the main train station located just minutes from downtown.

Driving to Ottawa

Ottawa is easily accessible by major roads, no matter which direction you are coming from. The Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 17), which spans the country from coast to coast, passes through the city in the form of a multi-lane roadway.

From Toronto: If you are coming from Toronto, take Hwy 401 to Hwy 416 and straight into Ottawa.

From Montreal: If you are coming from Montreal, follow Hwy 40 west to the Ontario Border where it then becomes Hwy 417. This will then take you directly to the Ottawa.

From Western Quebec: If you are coming from western Quebec, follow any one of the following; Hwys 5, 50, 105 or 148 towards Gatineau. There you will find a number of bridge options crossing into Ottawa.

From the northwest of Canada: If you are coming to Ottawa from the northwest, the Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 17) will bring you down through Petawawa and Pembroke into the city.

From the United States: Ottawa is easily accessible from the U.S. It is approximately 60 minutes from Ottawa to the nearest U.S. border crossing at Prescott, Ontario/Ogdensburg NY. From any U.S. point of entry between Ogdensburg, NY and Detroit, Michigan, the easiest route to Ottawa is the Hwy #401 East to Hwy #416, then north to Ottawa. If you are crossing into Ontario at Cornwall (from Massena or St. Regis, NY), come through Cornwall, then take Hwy 138 North towards Bonville/Monkland. Continue north until you reach Hwy #417, then head west to Ottawa.

Taking the Bus to Ottawa

Should your method of travel be a bus, you will find that Greyhound Bus Lines connects Ottawa to many Canadian and U.S. cities. Once you arrive, you will find the main bus terminal centrally located in downtown Ottawa, just off Hwy #417.

Coming to Ottawa by Boat

The Rideau Canal is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a beautifully scenic route into Ottawa.

Ottawa Google Map

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