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Trip Summary

You can pick from 10 daily train trips between Ottawa and Oshawa. The average train journey from Ottawa to Oshawa takes 4 hours and 14 minutes, but some VIA Rail train trips are as short as 3 hours and 26 minutes.

Distance188 mi (303 km)
Fastest train3h 26m
Lowest price£31.96
Trains per day14
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Ottawa to Oshawa

(Based on 6 ratings and reviews)

4.8

5.0

Diane

25 April 2023- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: Very enjoyable and I liked the quicker trip with less stops. The staff were very efficient as I needed help with my luggage. Cons: Just keep doing what you are doing.

4.0

rauha

30 December 2022- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: Faster and reliable. Cons: Nothing right know. Tips: No.

5.0

John

10 December 2022- Regular commuter

VIA Rail

Pros: Very clean, helpful staff. Cons: Mask wearing. Tips: arrive on time.

5.0

Denise

16 April 2022- Visiting family

VIA Rail

As expected

5.0

Susan

15 September 2021- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: Plenty of space on the train and excellent service personnel. Cons: Nothing. Tips: None.

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

Over the past month, a train ticket between Ottawa and Oshawa cost £38.36, on average. This price makes taking the train a budget-friendly option to get to Oshawa. Booking your trip at least 28 days in advance can help you secure tickets at the best price. For same-day bookings, you’ll likely have to pay around £28.81 more.

Monthly average prices

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Ticket prices for the train from Ottawa to Oshawa often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in March when the average ticket price is only £52,

If you're thinking of traveling from Ottawa to Oshawa during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of £63 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Which train should you take from Ottawa to Oshawa?

VIA Rail is the one and only train line which connects Ottawa to Oshawa. However, there are 10 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail104h 15m£68.02
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 10 daily trips between Ottawa and Oshawa. 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 Ottawa and Oshawa is approximately 188 miles, or 303 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 4 hours and 14 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 26 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 Ottawa to Oshawa 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 Thursday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

The earliest train departs Ottawa at 04:00 while the last train of the day leaves at 18:00. To see all scheduled departure times, use the search function on this page to get the full schedule for your specific travel dates.

There are 10 scheduled trains on most days. 14 of these are direct connections to Oshawa. 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 Oshawa 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.

Oshawa

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Oshawa is a vibrant city packed with history and heritage. A diverse pool of sites spotlight regional and national history, including the renowned Canadian Automotive Museum, Robert McLaughlin Gallery, and Parkwood National Historic Site—a lavish estate formerly owned by the founder of GM Canada. Situated along Lake Ontario, Oshawa also abounds with beautiful green spaces that make for peaceful waterside walks and bike rides. Trips to Oshawa Valley Botanical Gardens and the local zoo are great ways to get up close and personal with nature.

The city has a thriving art scene that visitors can experience first-hand by attending a concert at the multi-purpose Tribute Community Centre, listening to the award-winning Ontario Philharmonic orchestra, or catching a live theatre performance at the historic Regent Theatre.

Local train services into Toronto and rail travel throughout Canada are available from the central Oshawa Station. Oshawa does have a small airport, but Toronto Pearson International Airport better serves travelers seeking long-distance transport.

Station Information

Where is the train station in Ottawa?

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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

Where is the train station in Oshawa?

Oshawa VIA Station, Oshawa, ON - CAYOOVIA-0

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Main arrival station: Oshawa

First opened in 1856, the Oshawa VIA Rail Station is the center of intermodal transportation in Oshawa, offering passengers both rail and intercity bus services. The station was completely modernized in 2017 and now includes larger restrooms, accessible entrances, and vending machines. Rail service is fulfilled by VIA Rail, with destinations like Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. The station's location southwest of downtown Oshawa is close to the Oshawa Centre shopping mall and Lakefront Park West.

Train stations in Oshawa:

  • Oshawa

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