Ottawa to North Bay bus

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Journey Information

There are 16 intercity buses per day from Ottawa to North Bay. Traveling by bus from Ottawa to North Bay usually takes around 6 hours and 4 minutes, but the fastest Ontario Northland bus can make the trip in 4 hours and 34 minutes.

Distance191 mi (308 km)
Shortest duration4h 34m
Cheapest price$47.77
Trips per day8
Most frequent serviceOntario Northland
Bus lines1

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Overall score for buses from Ottawa to North Bay

(Based on 3 ratings and reviews)

5.0

5.0

Sheila

March 16, 2022- Visiting family

Ontario Northland

Pros: The bus driver was very professional. Helpful and friendly. I was impressed.. Cons: Very satisfied. It was a pleasant trip.

Pros: The bus driver was very professional. Helpful and friendly. I was impressed.. Cons: Very satisfied. It was a pleasant trip.

How much is a bus ticket from Ottawa to North Bay?

Typically $50.55 is the average price you should expect to pay for a bus ticket to North Bay. Any tickets cheaper than $50.55 can be considered a great deal. It’s easy to find a bus ticket at this price or lower when you use Wanderu to book your trip online in advance of your travel date.

Average prices by travel date

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Over the next four weeks, the average ticket price of a bus from Ottawa to North Bay is expected to range from $68 to $72. If you are looking to travel to North Bay within the next week, you can find bus tickets starting from $68. The cheapest bus tickets in the next month are $68 and can be found on December 10, 2022.

Monthly average prices

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Traveling from Ottawa to North Bay by bus will cost you about the same throughout the year. In general, bus ticket prices for that route are fairly consistent, so expect to pay around $50 whenever you decide to travel.

Prices as travel date approaches

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Most bus companies charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel, so it’s a good idea to buy your bus tickets as early as possible. The best way to find cheap bus tickets is to book at least 19 days in advance. By doing so, you can expect to save $14.44 on your bus ticket compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Ottawa to North Bay?

There is one intercity bus company available to search and book on Wanderu that operates from Ottawa to North Bay. Ontario Northland connects the two cities by bus, it offers multiple scheduled buses per day for you to choose from.

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Ontario Northland166h 5m$52.89
  • Ontario Northland

    Ontario Northland

    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. Ontario Northland trips from Ottawa to North Bay usually take about 6 hours and 5 minutes, with an average ticket price of .

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to travel by bus from Ottawa to North Bay during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Our bus 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, bus 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 bus 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 bus ride from Ottawa to North Bay?

The bus takes an average of 6 hours and 4 minutes to cover the 191 miles from Ottawa to North Bay. However, the fastest bus only takes 4 hours and 34 minutes. It’s definitely on the longer side, so plan to get comfortable for a long road trip. 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.

What is the busiest day of the week to travel by bus?

Friday is the busiest travel day for buses as people head from Ottawa to North Bay for the weekend. If you are planning to travel on a Friday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

On the other hand, Tuesday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Tuesday ticket is the way to go.

When do the earliest and latest buses leave Ottawa?

The first bus leaves at 10:00am and the last bus leaves at 10:00am. To see the times for all buses from Ottawa to North Bay, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

How many bus trips to North Bay are there per day?

There are 16 scheduled buses that travel from Ottawa to North Bay every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 8 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

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.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Ottawa?

Main departure station: Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox

Buses to North Bay leave from 4 stations in Ottawa.

All bus stations in Ottawa:

  • Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox

  • Ottawa - CHEO

  • Ottawa - Hospital - General Campus

  • Ottawa Train Station

Where does the bus arrive in North Bay?

Main arrival station: North Bay Education Centre

Buses arrive in North Bay at 3 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in North Bay:

  • North Bay Education Centre

  • North Bay Regional Health Centre

  • ONTC Terminal

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