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Trip Summary

There are 8 daily trains from Ottawa to Oshawa. Traveling by train from Ottawa to Oshawa usually takes around 3 hours and 59 minutes, but the fastest VIA Rail train can make the trip in 3 hours and 17 minutes.

Distance188 mi (303 km)
Fastest train3h 17m
Lowest price€37.91
Trains per day13
Most frequent serviceVIA Rail
Train lines1

Train Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for trains from Ottawa to Oshawa

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Denise

16 April 2022- Visiting family

VIA Rail

As expected

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.

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

5.0

Jamie

2 July 2019- Visiting friends

VIA Rail

Pros: Quiet there, cramped on the return trip. Cons: Price. Tips: None to suggest.

Pros: Quiet there, cramped on the return trip. Cons: Price. Tips: None to suggest.

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

In the last month, €54.22 was the average price of a train ticket from Ottawa to Oshawa. You can expect to find tickets at that price or lower if you book your trip at least 29 days in advance. Otherwise, expect to pay around €31.04 more than that for a same-day booking.

Monthly average prices

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If you are trying to decide when to travel from Ottawa to Oshawa 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 €59 – the lowest of the year.

Alternatively, if you plan to travel from Ottawa to Oshawa in December, expect to spend more on your train trip, as the average ticket price usually surges to €73 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

€96€77€58€38€193020100

If you want to score the best deal, you should plan to book your train trip online on Wanderu at least 29 days ahead of time. If you do that, your train ticket to Oshawa from Ottawa will be about €31.04 cheaper compared to what you would pay if you book at the last minute.

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 8 trains per day to choose from.

TrainDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
VIA Rail83h 59m€69.69
  • VIA Rail

    VIA Rail

    VIA Rail, also known as Via Rail Canada or simply VIA, provides service across the Canadian provinces and territories, including 8 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

Is it safe to travel by train from Ottawa to Oshawa 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 Oshawa?

The distance between Ottawa and Oshawa is approximately 188 miles, or 303 kilometers. The average train journey between these two cities takes 3 hours and 59 minutes, although the absolute fastest you could get there is 3 hours and 17 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?

Trains from Ottawa to Oshawa are the most crowded on Thursday. 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 Friday instead, as it tends to be the least crowded day of the week.

When are the first and last trains of the day?

The earliest train departs Ottawa at 05:00 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.

Is there a direct train from Ottawa to Oshawa?

There are 8 scheduled trains on most days. 13 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 Train Station

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