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There are 10 intercity buses per day from Kingston to Ottawa. Traveling by bus from Kingston to Ottawa usually takes around 2 hours and 11 minutes, but the fastest Book-a-Ride bus can make the trip in just one hour and 40 minutes.
|Distance||91 mi (146 km)|
|Shortest duration||1h 40m|
|Trips per day||10|
|Most frequent service||Book-a-Ride|
How much is a bus ticket from Kingston to Ottawa?
Bus tickets for a trip from Kingston to Ottawa cost $26.92 on average. Opting to take a bus is a wallet-friendly way to make this trip. If you book your trip ahead of time using Wanderu, you can easily find bus tickets at or below this price.
Average prices by travel date
If you're planning to travel by bus from Kingston to Ottawa in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $36 to $51. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on April 15, 2023.
If you’re looking to travel to Ottawa this week, bus tickets are available starting at $38.
Prices as travel date approaches
Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices closer to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. To find the cheapest bus tickets, book your trip at least 16 days in advance. This way, you can save up to $2.25 on your bus ticket compared to booking last-minute.
What bus companies travel from Kingston to Ottawa?
There are 3 bus lines from Kingston to Ottawa available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 5 daily trips, Book-a-Ride usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:
|Bus||Daily Trips||Avg. Time||Avg. Price|
|Red Arrow Motorcoach||3||2h 51m||$41.75|
|Rider Express||4||2h 1m||$29.05|
Book Book-a-Ride from Kingston to Ottawa from $19. There are 5 trips per day offered by Book-a-Ride from Kingston to Ottawa and you can expect on average to pay for a Book-a-Ride ticket to Ottawa. In Kingston, Book-a-Ride departs to Ottawa from Starbucks Bus Stop . In Ottawa, Book-a-Ride arrives at Ottawa (Bayshore Dr-Woodridge Cres) and one other station.
An average trip on Book-a-Ride from Kingston to Ottawa takes 1 hours and 58 minutes , while the fastest available Book-a-Ride trip will get you to Ottawa in 1 hours and 40 minutes .
On weekends, Book-a-Ride offers 5 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Ottawa.
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. Red Arrow runs 3 trips each day from Kingston to Ottawa, and tickets on this route usually cost about .
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The bus takes an average of 2 hours and 11 minutes to cover the 91 miles from Kingston to Ottawa. However, the fastest bus only takes an hour and 40 minutes. It's the perfect amount of time to take a nap, get some work done, or watch a movie. Keep in mind that your actual bus may arrive earlier or later than scheduled, depending on whether there is more or less traffic than usual.
Saturday is usually the day when buses are busiest, as many travelers take the bus to enjoy the weekend in Ottawa. If you are planning to travel on a Saturday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.
On the other hand, Wednesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you're looking for some extra space on the bus, traveling mid-week is your best bet.
The first bus leaves at 11:00am and the last bus leaves at 9:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Kingston to Ottawa, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.
There are 10 scheduled buses that travel from Kingston to Ottawa every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. Furthermore, all of these are direct buses which you can take the entire route from Kingston to Ottawa without transferring.
Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Kingston to Ottawa; ticket prices start at $35.35.
Kingston is a beautiful lake city where the past and present intermingle at every turn, offering visitors of all ages and interests something to enjoy. History enthusiasts should visit Fort Henry National Historic Site to see remnants of old military conquest. Next, head to Bellevue House, the former home of Canada's first Prime Minister and perhaps the best example of the old-world Victorian architecture in the city.
Located on the northern tip of Lake Ontario, Kingston is brimming with watersports, bike trails, and mountain hikes for those that want to immerse themselves in nature—the Thousand Islands National Park and Frontenac Provincial Park, situated just outside of the city, are two highlights.
Kingston also harbors a bustling urban culture comprising live music, antique markets, and culinary excellence that is best experienced simply by walking around and following your eyes and nose. Raise a glass in any of Kingston's award-winning wineries or microbreweries before heading downtown to dine at one of the many international restaurants.
The city is well-placed and offers easy connections via rail and bus to major urban centers like Toronto and Montreal. Norman Rogers Airport is the quickest way to get around regionally, while the historic Rideau Canal provides Ottawa-bound travelers a slower but incredibly scenic mode of transport.
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.
Where does the bus leave from in Kingston?
Main departure station: Starbucks Bus Stop
Buses to Ottawa leave from 3 stations in Kingston.
All bus stations in Kingston:
Starbucks Bus Stop
1185 Division St.
Where does the bus arrive in Ottawa?
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Main arrival 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 bus stations in Ottawa:
Ottawa Train Station
Ottawa (Bayshore Dr-Woodridge Cres)
33 George St
1300 St. Laurent Blvd
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