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About 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

Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-0

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Ottawa Train Station, Ottawa, ON - CAXDSVIA-1

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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.

Popular bus stations in Ottawa:

  • Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox

  • Ottawa Train Station

  • Ottawa - CHEO

  • Ottawa - Hospital - General Campus

  • 33 George St

  • Ottawa West Bus Stop - 2685 Iris St.

  • Kanata - 500 Terry Fox Dr

  • 1300 St. Laurent Blvd

  • 400 Sparks St.

  • Ottawa (Bayshore Dr-Woodridge Cres)

What bus companies travel to Ottawa, Ontario?

Located in Ontario, Canada, Ottawa is accessible by bus from 22 other cities. You can choose from 330 daily scheduled trips when you search for buses to Ottawa on Wanderu. Ontario Northland usually has the most buses on any given day.

Looking for other ways to get there? Train tickets to Ottawa are also available.

Bus companies serving Ottawa

BusRoutesAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Ontario Northland11312h 32m$94.86
FlixBus US987h 46m$46.46
Book-a-Ride164h 53m$34.20
Rider Express134h 58m$29.14
Bookaride64h 20m$33.92
OurBus44h 20m$16.34
Red Arrow Motorcoach35h 39m$33.10
Tour Express12h 0m$26.28
  • Ontario Northland has been running buses since 1937 and continues to provide essential intercity service across Canada's second-largest province. Onboard their vehicles, passengers will find Wi-Fi connectivity described by passengers as excellent. Ontario Northland's clean and comfortable vehicles also include power outlets, air conditioning, and restrooms.

  • FlixBus US is the American branch of German bus company FlixBus, known for providing sustainable, affordable, and modern bus travel. The company offers cheap bus tickets to popular urban destinations throughout the United States. FlixBus US buses include many amenities, including comfortable seats, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and an online portal for free entertainment.

  • Book-a-Ride is a Canadian bus company that plays a vital role in the country's public transportation infrastructure, with numerous routes connecting cities across Canada, including daily connections from Ottawa to Toronto, and Ottawa to Kingston. Onboard amenities on Book-a-Ride coaches include air conditioning, restrooms, power outlets, and Wi-Fi connectivity, ensuring a comfortable and connected journey for passengers. With numerous daily trips and extra legroom in seats, Book-a-Ride provides reliable and comfortable transportation for travelers throughout Canada.

  • OurBus is an intercity bus company based in New York City. OurBus provides cheap bus tickets to some of the most popular cities in the United States. All OurBus coaches come equipped with a generous roster of amenities, including extra legroom, freshly cleaned restroom, free WiFi, power outlets at every seat, and complimentary bottled water. With cheap bus tickets, OurBus is one of the best ways to travel by bus if you are looking for comfort at a good price.

  • Red Arrow buses connect popular destinations throughout Alberta in luxurious buses with the best amenities. Passengers enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, movies, power outlets, and extra legroom. Free water and snacks available for purchase round out the high-end vehicle's offerings.

Which bus carrier has the best service to Ottawa?

Based on customers travel reviews, travelers who booked on Wanderu rave about traveling to Ottawa by bus with Tour Express giving them a 4.8 rating out of 5.

Travelers also mentioned that Red Arrow Motorcoach had the most comfortable bus service to Ottawa taking into account the seats and amenities that Red Arrow Motorcoach offers. They rate Red Arrow Motorcoach a 5 out of 5 when it comes to just how relaxing and enjoyable their experience was onboard.

If you are looking to arrive to Ottawa punctually, travelers suggest that Tour Express has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Ottawa, rating them a 4.9 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$5.99 is the cheapest price for a bus ticket to Ottawa, according to recent searches on Wanderu. You can use our search to check if this price is currently available on buses from your city to Ottawa. In the last month, buses from Carleton Place to Ottawa had the lowest average price at $10.78.

The busiest bus station in Ottawa is Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Ottawa are:

  • Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox
  • Ottawa Train Station
  • Ottawa - CHEO
Ottawa ranks number 13 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 37 in Canada. Ottawa has the second most number of destinations in Ontario that are connected to Ottawa by bus service. Each day 246 direct bus schedules arrive in the Ottawa.
The population of Ottawa is 812129. Ottawa ranks number 13 in terms of population in Ontario and number 30 in all of Canada.
Bus tickets to Ottawa range from $6 for a short trip to Ottawa, while a 60 to 200 mile bus trip to Ottawa starts at , and a longer trip by bus to Ottawa can be as cheap as . Looking to travel across state or province lines? A trip from out of your region will be as low as $22.
People who take the bus to Ottawa are most often visiting their families or loved ones. With frequent schedules, the ability to book and hop on a bus last minute make taking a bus to Ottawa easy whether you're planning a trip far in advance or need some quality time with loved ones at the last minute.
The closest bus station to the city center of Ottawa is 200 Commissioners Road, located just 0.4 miles away. Select 200 Commissioners Road as your arrival if your plans call for exploring the downtown area of Ottawa. Search on Wanderu and in the search results you can filter travel options by arriving or departing station.

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