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About Ottawa

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.

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Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-0

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Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-1

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The Ottawa Station is the central station for intermodal transportation services in Ottawa. Constructed in 1966, the current station is an eclectic mix of modernism and Beaux-Arts, offering a unique design that makes it stand out from the crowd. The current station provides intercity bus services and rail services all from one convenient hub. The rail services are provided by VIA Rail, with possible destinations including Toronto and Montreal. In addition, Ontario Northland offers bus service, and there is also a shuttle bus line from the station to Montréal–Trudeau International Airport. On-station amenities include a parking lot with 330 spaces, bicycle parking racks, and disabled access.

Popular train stations in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Train Station

  • Fallowfield

What train companies travel to Ottawa, Ontario?

Located in Ontario, Canada, Ottawa is accessible by train from 18 other cities. You can choose from 109 daily scheduled trips when you search for trains to Ottawa on Wanderu. VIA Rail usually has the most trains on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Bus tickets to Ottawa are also available..

Train companies serving Ottawa

TrainRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail213h 59m$108.66
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories. In addition to being completely green-certified, VIA Rail’s new, state-of-the-art trains feature amenities such as free reliable Wi-Fi, wide aisles, ergonomic seats, and wheelchair lifts in every accessible car. VIA Rail is known for its unparalleled customer service and snazzy black and yellow paint scheme.

Which train carrier has the best service to Ottawa?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Ottawa by train with VIA Rail giving them a 4.5 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that VIA Rail had the most comfortable train service to Ottawa taking into account the seats and amenities that VIA Rail offers. They rate VIA Rail a 4.3 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Ottawa punctually, travelers suggest that VIA Rail has the best on time performance on their train schedules to Ottawa, rating them a 4.7 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$19.98 is the cheapest price for a train ticket to Ottawa, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on trains from your city to Ottawa. In the last month, trains from Smiths Falls to Ottawa had the lowest average price at $20.02.

The busiest train station in Ottawa is Ottawa Train Station. As Ottawa's main station, it has the most trains coming and going. However, a popular alternative is Fallowfield.

Ottawa ranks number 5 among most popular train destinations in the region. It also ranks number 16 in Canada. Ottawa has the second most number of destinations in Ontario that are connected to Ottawa by train service. Each day 155 direct train schedules arrive in the Ottawa.
The population of Ottawa is 812129. Ottawa ranks number 8 in terms of population in Ontario and number 10 in all of Canada.
Train tickets to Ottawa range from $20 for a short trip to Ottawa, while a 60 to 200 mile train trip to Ottawa starts at , and a longer trip by train to Ottawa can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $42.
People who take the train to Ottawa are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a train last minute make taking a train to Ottawa easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest train station to the city center of Ottawa is Ottawa Train Station, located just 2.2 miles away. Select Ottawa Train Station as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Ottawa. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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