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There are 9 intercity buses per day from Ottawa to Toronto. Traveling by bus from Ottawa to Toronto usually takes around 7 hours and 46 minutes, but the fastest FlixBus bus can make the trip in 5 hours and 5 minutes.
|Distance||219 mi (352 km)|
|Shortest duration||5h 5m|
|Trips per day||2|
|Most frequent service||Ontario Northland|
How much is a bus ticket from Ottawa to Toronto?
$41.15 is the average price of a bus ticket from Ottawa to Toronto. Taking a bus is an affordable way to make this trip. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.
Average prices by travel date
Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Ottawa to Toronto is expected to range from C$81 to C$141. If you are looking to travel to Toronto within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from C$85. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are C$81 and can be found on August 27, 2022.
Monthly average prices
The lowest bus ticket prices on this route can usually be found in June. That’s when the average price of a bus ticket is expected to be just C$117 – the lowest of the year.
Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Ottawa to Toronto in November, expect to spend more on your bus trip, as the average ticket price may surge to C$125 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you can still score a ticket at a lower price.
Prices as travel date approaches
Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 25 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save C$89.38 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.
What bus companies travel from Ottawa to Toronto?
There are two bus lines that have daily service from Ottawa to Toronto that you can search and book on Wanderu. Of these two carriers, Ontario Northland usually offers more choice, with 7 scheduled trips per day.
First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. FlixBus operates an average of 2 trips from Ottawa to Toronto, and usually makes the trip in about 5 hours and 6 minutes. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.
Ontario Northland has been running buses since 1937 and continues to provide essential intercity service across Canada's second-largest province. Onboard their vehicles, passengers will find Wi-Fi connectivity described by passengers as excellent. Ontario Northland's clean and comfortable vehicles also include power outlets, air conditioning, and restrooms. Ontario Northland trips from Ottawa to Toronto usually take about 11 hours and 19 minutes, with an average ticket price of .
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to travel by bus from Ottawa to Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Our bus partners have implemented several different policies to keep you safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. From limiting vehicle capacity to enhancing cleaning protocols and upgrading air filters, bus carriers are committed to maintaining a safe environment. For details on what each company is doing to ensure their fleet remains safe for travel, click here.
In addition, federal law requires all bus passengers to wear a face covering for the entire duration of the trip. Please make sure you are wearing a face mask or you may not be allowed to board the bus.
Please visit our COVID-19 Travel Guide for more information on all carrier policies and the latest travel advisories issued by every U.S. state, Canadian province, and European country.
How long is the bus ride from Ottawa to Toronto?
The bus takes an average of 7 hours and 46 minutes to cover the 352 kilometers from Ottawa to Toronto. However, the fastest bus only takes 5 hours and 5 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?
"Travelers prefer riding the bus on Saturday to enjoy the weekend in Toronto. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet."
When do the earliest and latest buses leave Ottawa?
The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Ottawa to Toronto, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
How many bus schedules are there most days?
There are 9 scheduled buses that travel from Ottawa to Toronto every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 2 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Ottawa to Toronto; ticket prices start at $50.87.
If big cities such as Toronto or Montreal appear too crowded for your taste, consider Ottawa for a change. Boasting a small-town vibe with a vibrant art scene, the city will appeal to all kinds of travelers. Ottawa’s star attraction is the Rideau Canal, which meanders its way through the city center. In the summer months, the canal is full of boats and cyclists who wander about, and in the colder months of the year, it becomes the largest ice skating rink in the world. If you are a fan of architecture, don’t miss out on Parliament Hill, which features three amazing neo-Gothic structures. For those who seek to get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, Gatineau Park, located just 15 minutes from Downtown, offers the reprieve you need.
Ottawa features a very diverse food scene that caters to everyone’s needs. If you just can’t get enough of French delicacies, head to Signatures Restaurant, which is housed in a Tudor Revival-style mansion. If you want to try out Canadian signatures, try Atelier instead.
The main intercity train station in town is Ottawa Station, which is served by VIA Rail. The city’s air services are handled by the Ottawa Macdonald–Cartier International Airport, which is located 5.5 miles south of the city’s downtown.
Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, making it a great destination for travelers looking for a culturally unique experience. One of the most unique landmarks in the city is the Aga Khan Museum, which boasts a beautiful collection of Islamic, Iranian, and Muslim artifacts. If you are interested in art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a definite must-see. For those who want to step away from the bustling city and seek the refuge of nature, take a ferry to Centre Isle, which offers plenty of activities such as biking or hiking.
Toronto’s food scene is vast and extremely vibrant due to the city’s multicultural nature. Bar Isabel is a local favorite that offers amazing Spanish dishes with a cozy vibe. For a more posh experience, head over to Alo Restaurant, which features a five-course tasting menu that will take you on a culinary ride.
The main bus station in the city is the Union Station Bus Terminal, served by various intercity bus services, including Greyhound and Ontario Northland. The main train station in Toronto is the adjacent Union Station, which is the hub for VIA Rail’s intercity services. The city’s airport is the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in Canada.
Where does the bus leave from in Ottawa?
Main departure station: 33 George St
Buses to Toronto leave from 5 stations in Ottawa.
All bus stations in Ottawa:
33 George St
Ottawa Train Station
Ottawa - Hospital - General Campus
Ottawa - CHEO
Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox
Where does the bus arrive in Toronto?
Main arrival station: 1 Yorkdale St
The Bus Terminal on Yorkdale Street provides intercity bus services for Toronto. The terminal opened in 1979, and it is located right in the middle of North York, slightly northwest of downtown Toronto. Ontario Northland operates intercity bus service through the Yorkdale Bus Terminal. There are 13 bus stands at the station, offering ample parking spaces for incoming and outgoing buses. Amenities at the station include a waiting lounge and public restrooms. If you have time before your bus departs, head into the neighboring Yorkdale Shopping Centre for an assortment of top brands.
Bus stations in Toronto:
1 Yorkdale St
Union Station Bus Terminal
8 York St Suite 2910
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