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Trip Summary

There are 14 daily trains from Ottawa to Toronto. Traveling by train from Ottawa to Toronto usually takes around 4 hours and 42 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 30 minutes.

Distance219 mi (352 km)
Fastest train3h 30m
Lowest price£31.12
Trains per day28
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Ottawa to Toronto

(Based on 58 ratings and reviews)

4.7

5.0

MF

14 April 2024- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: on time. Cons: the car manager could have offered to help me when he saw i was struggling.

5.0

EDILBERTO

12 March 2024- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: just wonderful. Cons: keep it up. Tips: try via rail.

5.0

Latrelle

31 January 2024- Visiting family

VIA Rail

Pros: The arrival time. Cons: Tickets price.

5.0

MD FAKHORUDDIN

28 October 2023- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: Staff were frequently updated trip/train position and noticed 5/10 minutes earlier to arrive the destination. Cons: All good,. Tips: Enjoy !!

4.0

Alan

10 October 2023- Couples trip

VIA Rail

the passage was comfortable and the staff were friendly and efficient.

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

In the last month, £43.50 was the average price of a train ticket from Ottawa to Toronto. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 27 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around £35.75 more than that for a same-day booking.

Average prices by travel date

£131£87£44MayMay

Over the next 30 days, the average cost of a one-way train trip from Ottawa to Toronto will vary between £54 and £129. 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 £59. 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

£79£64£48£32£16JJASONDJFMAM

Ticket prices for the train from Ottawa to Toronto often fluctuate based on the time of year. For the best prices on this route, book in April when the average ticket price is only £45,

If you're thinking of traveling from Ottawa to Toronto during December, keep in mind that train ticket prices may be higher than usual, with an average price of £66 during this time of year. The best way to score a cheap deal, even in December, is to book your trip well in advance.

Prices as travel date approaches

£79£64£48£32£163020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 27 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Toronto from Ottawa will be about £35.75 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 14 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail144h 42m£63.83
  • VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 14 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

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.
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.
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.

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 42 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 30 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 Toronto 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 14 scheduled trains on most days. 28 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?

Main departure station: Fallowfield

There are two stations in Ottawa where you can board the train to Toronto.

All train stations in Ottawa:

  • Fallowfield

  • Ottawa Train Station

Where is the train station in Toronto?

Main arrival station: Guildwood

Toronto receives travelers from Ottawa at its two active train stations.

Train stations in Toronto:

  • Guildwood

  • Union Station

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