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Greater Sudbury - Ottawa Train Schedule

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Trip Summary

2 trains operate daily from Greater Sudbury to Ottawa. The train trip from Greater Sudbury to Ottawa is usually about 18 hours and 28 minutes long. However, traveling on the fastest VIA Rail train can get you there in as little as 18 hours and 19 minutes.

Distance264 mi (424 km)
Fastest train18h 19m
Lowest price$133.55
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
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Which train should you take from Greater Sudbury to Ottawa?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Greater Sudbury to Ottawa. The schedule is relatively limited as the train only runs twice a day.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail218h 28m$133.55
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 2 daily trips between Greater Sudbury and Ottawa. 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

The distance between Greater Sudbury and Ottawa is approximately 264 miles, or 424 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 18 hours and 28 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 18 hours and 19 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.

Trains from Greater Sudbury to Ottawa are the most crowded on Saturday. Tickets also tend to be more expensive then. If you are looking for a great deal on your train tickets or just want extra room to stretch out, consider traveling on Saturday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Greater Sudbury at 4:00am while the last train of the day leaves at 4:00am. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

Trains leave the station in Greater Sudbury twice a day, so there are a couple of options depending on your preferred travel time. However, there are no direct trains. This means that you will need to disembark from your original train and board a connecting train at some point during your journey. You will need to remember to bring your carry-on luggage with you when you change trains. Depending on the carrier's policy, you may also be responsible for transferring your own checked baggage.

City Information

Greater Sudbury

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Located slightly north of Lake Huron, Sudbury is a mid-sized city that offers visitors ample opportunity to play, relax, and explore. Its biggest attraction is Science North, a world-renowned interactive museum containing a planetarium, IMAX theatre, and butterfly gallery that is sure to spark curiosity in children and adults alike. Wander through labyrinthine caves beneath the city at Dynamic Earth, which pays tribute to the city’s mining history. Are you into bitcoin? How about a big coin? Snap a pic beside the iconic Big Nickel, the world's largest coin.

Surrounded by green woodlands (which turn snow-white in winter), Sudbury is also a natural paradise where outdoors enthusiasts can relax on Ramsey Lake, walk the Lake Laurentian Conservation Area, and bike along the famed Trans Canada Trail.

Downtown Sudbury serves up the best offerings of local cuisine and can satisfy food cravings whether you're looking for pizza, steak, or sushi. Afterward, indulge in ice-cold craft beer or fancy cocktails at a local bar before heading to Elgin Street for a lively night out.

Sudbury is a convenient gateway for travel deeper into Northern Ontario and beyond, well served by highways and public transport networks. VIA Rail routes connect the city to major urban centers, including Winnipeg, Toronto, and Ottawa. For the adventurous traveler, the Georgian Bay Coastal Route makes for an unforgettable road trip.

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.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Greater Sudbury?

Main departure station: Sudbury Junction

There is one train station in Greater Sudbury.

All train stations in Greater Sudbury:

  • Sudbury Junction

Where is the train station in Ottawa?

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Main arrival 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.

Train stations in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Train Station

  • Fallowfield Train Station

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