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Journey Information

There are 76 intercity buses per day from Ottawa to Toronto. Traveling by bus from Ottawa to Toronto usually takes around 5 hours and 43 minutes, but the fastest Bookaride bus can make the trip in 3 hours and 35 minutes.

Distance219 mi (352 km)
Shortest duration3h 35m
Cheapest price$10.99
Trips per day56
Most frequent serviceOntario Northland
Bus lines6

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Ottawa to Toronto

(Based on 26 ratings and reviews)

4.6

4.0

Rochelle

February 19, 2024- Visiting family

Book-a-Ride

Pros: Efficiency. Cons: Cleaner bus. Tips: Pretty decent for inexpensive travel.

5.0

Ji hyun

October 29, 2023- Solo travel

FlixBus US

Pros: Just I wanna say like awesome! Cons: Nothing just keep it up like awesome service to costumers. Tips: Could please make more line to trips like Montreal and Quebec !please.

5.0

Sharon

October 16, 2023- Visiting family

Rider Express

Pros: Excellent driver! Cons: Nothing!

4.0

Alexandr

September 12, 2023

Book-a-Ride

no WiFi, USB PLUGS

5.0

Nadine

August 29, 2023- Visiting friends

Bookaride

Pros: I like my trip beacause was very nicecand clean.,and quite. Cons: Wifi. Tips: Next time.

How much is a bus ticket from Ottawa to Toronto?

Bus tickets for a trip from Ottawa to Toronto cost $23.29 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

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Over the next four weeks, the average price of bus tickets from Ottawa to Toronto is expected to be between $35 and $64. The cheapest day to travel in the next month is March 4, 2024, when tickets are available for March 4, 2024. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next week start at just $35.

Monthly average prices

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Bus tickets from Ottawa to Toronto are at their cheapest average price in December. This time of year usually offers the best deals on bus tickets for this route, with ticket prices around $56. On the other hand, traveling on this route during November might cost you a bit more than usual. Bus tickets for November trips cost $77, on average. But no need to stress — booking your bus ticket in advance can help you snag cheaper tickets.

Prices as travel date approaches

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The easiest way to save money on bus tickets is by booking in advance! Many carriers increase prices as the travel date approaches, so it's always a good idea to buy your tickets as early as possible. Book at least 27 days in advance to save $23.01 or more on your ticket, compared to booking at the last minute.

What bus companies travel from Ottawa to Toronto?

There are 6 bus lines from Ottawa to Toronto available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 21 daily trips, Ontario Northland usually has the most buses running on any given day. Here are some time and price comparisons for all the available options:

BusDaily TripsAvg. TimeAvg. Price
Book-a-Ride164h 51m$23.96
Bookaride134h 48m$26.80
FlixBus US145h 14m$37.76
Ontario Northland2111h 41m$97.90
Red Arrow Motorcoach44h 57m$48.99
Rider Express145h 5m$31.83
  • 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 an average of daily trips and extra legroom in seats, Book-a-Ride provides reliable and comfortable transportation for travelers throughout Canada.

  • Book Bookaride from Ottawa to Toronto from $18. There are 13 trips per day offered by Bookaride from Ottawa to Toronto and you can expect on average to pay for a Bookaride ticket to Toronto. In Ottawa, Bookaride departs to Toronto from 33 George St and one other station. In Toronto, Bookaride arrives at Toronto (Bay St-Queen's Quay) and one other station.

    An average trip on Bookaride from Ottawa to Toronto takes 4 hours and 48 minutes , while the fastest available Bookaride trip will get you to Toronto in 3 hours and 35 minutes .

    On weekends, Bookaride offers 14 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Toronto.

  • 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. On average, FlixBus US operates 14 trips per day from Ottawa to Toronto, and the average ticket for this route costs only .

  • 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 Toronto usually take about 11 hours and 41 minutes, with an average ticket price of .

  • 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 4 trips each day from Ottawa to Toronto, and tickets on this route usually cost about .

  • Rider Express is a bus company with services across several provinces in Canada with daily stops at major cities like Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. Rider Express is known for their friendly customer service, the cleanliness of vehicles, and the onboard WiFi.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 43 minutes to cover the 219 miles from Ottawa to Toronto. However, the fastest bus only takes 3 hours and 35 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.

Because many passengers travel from Ottawa to Toronto at the beginning of the work week, Monday is usually the busiest day for buses. If you are planning to travel on a Monday, you should make sure to book tickets well in advance as they may sell out.

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

The first bus leaves at 12:00am and the last bus leaves at 11:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Ottawa to Toronto, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 76 scheduled buses that travel from Ottawa to Toronto every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 56 direct buses, where you can stay on the same bus without having to transfer to a connecting bus at any point during your trip.

Need more travel options? Consider taking the train from Ottawa to Toronto; ticket prices start at $39.80.

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.

Toronto

Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, making it a great destination for travelers looking for a culturally unique experience. One of the most unique landmarks in the city is the Aga Khan Museum, which boasts a beautiful collection of Islamic, Iranian, and Muslim artifacts. If you are interested in art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is a definite must-see. For those who want to step away from the bustling city and seek the refuge of nature, take a ferry to Centre Isle, which offers plenty of activities such as biking or hiking.

Toronto’s food scene is vast and extremely vibrant due to the city’s multicultural nature. Bar Isabel is a local favorite that offers amazing Spanish dishes with a cozy vibe. For a more posh experience, head over to Alo Restaurant, which features a five-course tasting menu that will take you on a culinary ride.

The main bus station in the city is the Union Station Bus Terminal, served by various intercity bus services, including Greyhound and Ontario Northland. The main train station in Toronto is the adjacent Union Station, which is the hub for VIA Rail’s intercity services. The city’s airport is the Toronto Pearson International Airport, the busiest airport in Canada.

Station Information

Where does the bus leave from in Ottawa?

Main departure station: 33 George St

Buses to Toronto leave from 9 stations in Ottawa.

All bus stations in Ottawa:

  • 33 George St

  • Kanata - OC Transpo Terry Fox

  • Ottawa Train Station

  • Ottawa (Bayshore Dr-Woodridge Cres)

  • 1300 St. Laurent Blvd

  • Ottawa West Bus Stop - Rider Express

  • Ottawa - Hospital - General Campus

  • Ottawa - CHEO

  • Kanata

Where does the bus arrive in Toronto?

Main arrival station: Toronto (Bay St-Queen's Quay)

Buses arrive in Toronto at 9 stations, depending on which bus line you are traveling with.

All bus stations in Toronto:

  • Toronto (Bay St-Queen's Quay)

  • 1 Yorkdale St

  • Union Station Bus Terminal

  • 55 Town Centre Court

  • Union Station Bus Terminal

  • 300 Borough Dr

  • 300 Borough Dr

  • Union Station Bus Terminal

  • Scarborough Town Ctr

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