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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:

  • Ottawa Train Station

  • Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox

  • Ottawa - CHEO

  • Ottawa - Hospital - General Campus

  • 33 George St

  • Univ. of Ottawa - Visual Arts Bldg

  • 1300 St. Laurent Blvd

  • Ottawa West

  • Ottawa (Bayshore Dr-Woodridge Cres)

What bus companies travel to Ottawa, Ontario?

Located in Ontario, Canada, Ottawa is accessible by bus from 61 other cities. You can choose from 500 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 Northland12212h 33m$94.07
FlixBus127h 45m$59.95
Rider Express93h 48m$30.64
Book-a-Ride73h 33m$31.06
Red Arrow Motorcoach24h 21m$48.36
Tour Express12h 0m$27.55
  • 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.

  • First launched in Germany in 2013, FlixBus has become one of the largest intercity bus companies in Europe. Its fleet travels through nearly every country in Europe, including the U.K. On your trip, you'll enjoy Wi-Fi and live GPS, as well as restrooms, air conditioning, and power outlets.

  • 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 Red Arrow Motorcoach giving them a 5 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 Rider Express has the best on time performance on their bus schedules to Ottawa, rating them a 5 based on their on time arrivals.

Frequently Asked Questions

$8.02 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 Arnprior to Ottawa had the lowest average price at $11.48.

The busiest bus station in Ottawa is Ottawa Train Station. There are several other active stations in addition to this main station. The most popular bus stations in Ottawa are:

  • Ottawa Train Station
  • Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox
  • Ottawa - CHEO
Ottawa ranks number 69 among most popular bus destinations in the region. It also ranks number 122 in Canada. Ottawa ranks number 4 in the region in terms of the number of destinations that connect to Ottawa via bus service. On average 112 direct daily bus trips serve Ottawa.
The population of Ottawa is 812129. Ottawa ranks number 85 in terms of population in Ontario and number 141 in all of Canada.
Bus tickets to Ottawa range from $8 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 $23.
Solo travelers choose to travel by bus to Ottawa for its affordable fares and because of the safe and convenient experience that they note in their reviews.
The closest bus station to the city center of Ottawa is 33 George St, located just 0.4 miles away. Select 33 George St 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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