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Trip Summary

There are 9 daily trains from Ottawa to Toronto. Traveling by train from Ottawa to Toronto usually takes around 4 hours and 32 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 4 hours and 2 minutes.

Distance219 mi (352 km)
Fastest train4h 2m
Lowest price$50.62
Trains per day17
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Ottawa to Toronto

(Based on 44 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

Dilip

September 14, 2022- Vacation

VIA Rail

Pros: All good. Cons: Wifi is too slow. Tips: Head phone is must and some movies in laptop or phone Will help you kill 4 hours time.

Pros: All good. Cons: Wifi is too slow. Tips: Head phone is must and some movies in laptop or phone Will help you kill 4 hours time.

4.0

Suzanna H

August 1, 2022- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: Coffee & snacks vender. Cons: Indication at the station about destination especially the Guildwood Station. Better Wifi connection.

Pros: Coffee & snacks vender. Cons: Indication at the station about destination especially the Guildwood Station. Better Wifi connection.

4.0

Patricia

July 5, 2022- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: Great. Tips: Recommend.

Pros: Great. Tips: Recommend.

5.0

Rocio

June 21, 2022- Business

VIA Rail

Pros: Staff was incredibly involved in making sure everyone was safe and made it to their destination safely. Cons: Refreshments could be provided in all classes of the train. Tips: Bring your own toilet seat covers, as the washroom can get used often by passengers. Ot...

Pros: Staff was incredibly involved in making sure everyone was safe and made it to their destination safely. Cons: Refreshments could be provided in all classes of the train. Tips: Bring your own toilet seat covers, as the washroom can get used often by passengers. Other than that, great trip with VIA Rail!

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5.0

Olga

June 14, 2022- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: Wonderful! Cons: Thanks everything is good.

Pros: Wonderful! Cons: Thanks everything is good.

What is the price of a train ticket from Ottawa to Toronto?

$72.06 is the average price of a bus ticket from Ottawa to Toronto. Any tickets cheaper than $72.06 can be considered a great deal. 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

$202$135$67SepOct

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Ottawa to Toronto will vary between C$71 and C$193. Planning a train trip to Toronto within the upcoming week? The cheapest train ticket you can find from Ottawa over the next 7 days is C$80. Make sure to book your trip as soon as possible as train fares tend to go up as you get closer to your travel date.

Monthly average prices

$135$108$81$54$27ONDJFMAMJJAS

If you are trying to decide when to travel from Ottawa to Toronto by train so you can score the best possible deal, your best bet would be to plan your trip for September. That’s when the average price for a train ticket is expected to be just C$86 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Ottawa to Toronto in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to C$111 at that time of year. However, if you book your trip ahead of time, you have a high chance of scoring a ticket at a lower price.

Prices as travel date approaches

$169$135$101$67$343020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 26 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Toronto from Ottawa will be about C$61.89 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

Which train should you take from Ottawa to Toronto?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Ottawa to Toronto. However, there are 9 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail94h 33m$103.59
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 9 daily trips between Ottawa and Toronto. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to get from Ottawa to Toronto?

The best way to get from Ottawa to Toronto depends on your priorities, but the train is a great option, especially if you want to get their quickly for a relatively low price. The VIA Rail train usually takes around 4 hours 22 minutes, and costs about CA $112 (and as little as CA $38). Bus trips for this route often cost more than the train, and always take longer.

How many stops are between Ottawa and Toronto?

The VIA Rail train from Ottawa to Toronto passes through up to 12 stations en route to Toronto. Which stations the train stops at vary based on schedule. However, all trains stop at the station in Kingston, Ontario.

How do you get from Ottawa to Niagara Falls?

The best way to get from Ottawa to Niagara Falls is to take a train from Ottawa to Toronto, then transfer and take a second train from Toronto to Niagara Falls. The entire trip can be made for as cheap as CA $55, with the longer leg of the trip from Ottawa to Toronto costing a bit more. Be aware that although there are 26 daily train schedules from Ottawa to Toronto, there is only 1 daily trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Is it safe to travel by train from Ottawa to Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our train 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, train 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.

Although masks are no longer required on public transportation, we stand behind CDC guidelines that encourage passengers to wear a mask over their nose and mouth while on the train or in stations.

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 train journey from Ottawa to Toronto?

The distance between Ottawa and Toronto is approximately 219 miles, or 352 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 32 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 4 hours and 2 minutes.

Looking for ways to pass the time? Most trains are equipped with Wi-Fi, which means you can stream music, browse social media or get some work done during your ride. That said, in case your train has a spotty signal, or is among the few without Wi-Fi, we also recommend downloading TV shows and movies to your mobile device in advance of your trip. That way the ride will fly by whatever the Wi-Fi situation.

When are trains the most crowded?

"Tuesday is usually the day of the week when trains are busiest. If you are planning to travel on a Tuesday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Thursday is typically the least busy day for train travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Thursday ticket is the way to go."

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Ottawa at 5:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 6:00pm. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

How many train trips to Toronto are there per day?

There are 9 scheduled trains on most days. 17 of these are direct connections to Toronto. While direct trains may still make stops along the way, you will not need to switch trains at any point. If you're looking to get to your destination faster, a direct train is the convenient and time-efficient choice.

You can also take a train for your return trip from Toronto to Ottawa.

City Information

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.

Toronto

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Ottawa?

Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-0

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Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-1

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Main departure station: Ottawa Train Station

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.

All train stations in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Train Station

  • Fallowfield Train Station

Where is the train station in Toronto?

Union Station, Toronto, ON - CATORAMT-0

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Union Station, Toronto, ON - CATORAMT-1

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Main arrival station: Union Station

Union Station is the center of rail transportation in Toronto and Canada's busiest train terminal. First opened in 1927, the station underwent several redevelopment and renovation projects to reach its current state. In 1999, in recognition of the station's importance to transportation history, it was inducted into the North America Railway Hall of Fame. The current station is served by VIA Rail trains and local public transit. The station currently serves over 72 million commuters each year, and as much as 91% of all Toronto passengers pass through this station. Just walking through the station is the perfect way to get familiar with Toronto's locals!

Train stations in Toronto:

  • Union Station

  • Guildwood Train Station

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