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Journey Information

There are 8 intercity buses per day from Montreal to Ottawa. Traveling by bus from Montreal to Ottawa usually takes around 5 hours and 27 minutes, but the fastest Tour Express bus can make the trip in 2 hours,

Distance103 mi (166 km)
Shortest duration2h 0m
Cheapest price$23.37
Trips per day4
Most frequent serviceTour Express
Bus lines3

Bus Trip Reviews from Wanderu Customers

Average score for buses from Montreal to Ottawa

(Based on 39 ratings and reviews)

4.9

5.0

Marit

December 23, 2023- Vacation

Tour Express

Pros: Very friendly staff and very calm trip. Tips: I would recommend booking with them!

5.0

Bilal Reza

December 18, 2023- Visiting family

Tour Express

Pros: Driver was friendly. Cons: Tell people that there isn't a building to wait for the bus because it confused a lot of people. Tips: Would recommended.

5.0

Cherazade

October 17, 2023- Solo travel

Tour Express

Pros: I had space for myself and the bus driver was very nice. The hotline help me to find my way very quickly. Thanks for the support! Cons: Wifi and plug for the phone.

4.0

Paula

September 10, 2023- Visiting family

Tour Express

Driver was rushing me to get in the car when i still had 5 more min before the departure. It would be nice if the driver could introduce himself and tell us where we’re going to make us feel welcomed.

4.0

Maria

September 2, 2023- Solo travel

Tour Express

Pros: The drive was pretty safe the only thing with about 6...7 passengers for me personally I think it's to cramped its like everyone is breathing in each there faces. Cons: Maybe 5 passengers per van and it's a van not a bus to my surprised.

How much is a bus ticket from Montreal to Ottawa?

Bus tickets for a trip from Montreal to Ottawa cost $27.20 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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If you're planning to travel by bus from Montreal to Ottawa in the next month, the average ticket price is expected to range from $40 to $72. The cheapest bus tickets available in the next few weeks are for trips departing on February 27, 2024.

If you’re looking to travel to Ottawa this week, bus tickets are available starting at $40.

Monthly avg. prices

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If you're on the hunt for the cheapest bus tickets from Montreal to Ottawa, mark your calendar for February. During this period, you can expect to find the lowest average ticket price of the year, just $26. However, taking the bus from Montreal to Ottawa during November is not so cheap. This time of year, ticket prices often reach an average of $33. The best way to find deals on a trip in November is to plan ahead and book your bus ticket as early as possible.

Prices as travel date approaches

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To save money on bus tickets, buy them as early as possible. Bus carriers usually charge higher ticket prices the closer you book to the date of travel. Book your ticket at least 13 days in advance to save up to $15.29.

What bus companies travel from Montreal to Ottawa?

There are 3 bus lines from Montreal to Ottawa available for you to search and compare on Wanderu. With 4 daily trips, Tour Express 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-Ride313h 0m$63.59
Bookaride312h 58m$72.14
Tour Express42h 0m$27.01
  • 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 Montreal to Ottawa from $68. There are 3 trips per day offered by Bookaride from Montreal to Ottawa and you can expect on average to pay for a Bookaride ticket to Ottawa. In Montreal, Bookaride departs to Ottawa from Berri-Uqam Cafe Leo . In Ottawa, Bookaride arrives at 33 George St and one other station.

    An average trip on Bookaride from Montreal to Ottawa takes 12 hours and 58 minutes , while the fastest available Bookaride trip will get you to Ottawa in 2 hours and 0 minutes .

    On weekends, Bookaride offers 3 trips per day. A one way ticket costs for a weekend trip to Ottawa.

  • Tour Express is your go-to for premium bus travel in Canada. Tour Express boasts one of the industry's newest fleets and plenty of convenient trips connecting some of the country's biggest cities and most popular destinations. Top destinations include Toronto, Quebec City, Dorval, and Scarborough.

Frequently Asked Questions

The bus takes an average of 5 hours and 27 minutes to cover the 103 miles from Montreal to Ottawa. However, the fastest bus only takes 2 hours. 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 Montreal to Ottawa 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, Friday is typically the least busy day for bus travel on this route. If you’re looking for a little extra space, a Friday ticket is the way to go.

The first bus leaves at 8:00am and the last bus leaves at 4:00pm. To see the times for all buses from Montreal to Ottawa, enter your specific travel dates in the search bar.

There are 8 scheduled buses that travel from Montreal to Ottawa every day, so you have a decent number of options to choose from. This includes 4 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 Montreal to Ottawa; ticket prices start at $30.22.

City Information

Montreal

Effortlessly blending quaint old buildings with the high-rises of the 21st century, Montreal is an exciting destination for adventure-seekers as well as introverted travelers. We even propose Montreal as a fantastic bachelorette party destination to consider. At the beating heart of this modern city is the quarter of Old Montreal, where you can find horse-drawn carriages and cobblestone streets. As you meander through the area, don’t miss out on the chance to marvel at the architectural genius of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, which is one of the most iconic structures of the city. For those who wish to stay close to nature, the gigantic Parc du Mont-Royal will satisfy all your needs. In the warmer months of the year, you can rent a boat and row on Lac des Castors, which offers amazing views.

Montreal is heaven for fans of French cuisine. The top-rated traditional French restaurants converge in the Old Montreal quarter, and some local favorite names include Toque, LOV, Crew Collective & Cafe. For those looking for Canadian specialties, head over to Schwartz’s.

The principal rail station for Montreal is the Central Station, which is served by both VIA Rail and Amtrak. If you are traveling by bus, head to the Montreal Coach Terminal (aka Gare d'autocars de Montréal) from where you can catch buses operated by Greyhound and several other carriers. The city’s main airport is the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, which is located in the nearby city of Dorval.

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 Montreal?

Main departure station: Berri-Uqam Cafe Leo

Montreal has two bus stations with service to Ottawa.

All bus stations in Montreal:

  • Berri-Uqam Cafe Leo

  • Station Berri-UQAM

Where does the bus arrive in Ottawa?

Main arrival station: Univ. of Ottawa - Visual Arts Bldg

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

All bus stations in Ottawa:

  • Univ. of Ottawa - Visual Arts Bldg

  • Ottawa (Bayshore Dr-Woodridge Cres)

  • 33 George St

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