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How to get from Toronto to Ottawa (and vice versa)

If you are thinking of doing a route through Ontario, Canada, you may be considering visiting two of the most important cities; Toronto and Ottawa. Both cities have many interesting places to visit, and they are "relatively close". By car it will take about 4 hours, but it is not the only option you have to go from one city to another.

In this post I talk about all the options you have to go from Toronto to Ottawa (and vice versa).

Cómo ir de Toronto a Ottawa


1. By car, a very comfortable option to go from Toronto to Ottawa

Traveling by car is a good option to go at your own pace and enjoy the highway that runs along the entire length of Lake Ontario. You will need to take Highway 401 from Toronto to 416 north towards Ottawa and then take Highway 417 to Ottawa.

The journey takes about 4 hours and 20 minutes.

This route will allow you to get off the road, visit small towns or go out in one of the natural places to walk and enjoy the natural environment.

2. By train, a good option to go from Toronto to Ottawa

If you don't want to complicate your life by renting a car or you don't have a driver's license, a good alternative to go from Toronto to Ottawa is by train.

The journey also lasts about 4 hours and 20 minutes, and the cost starts at 40 euros per person each way.

Departures from Toronto are from Union Station, which is located on Front Street, in the heart of the city.

Keep in mind that the Ottawa train station is not as central as the one in Toronto. Ottawa Train Station is located 4 kilometers east of downtown, next to the Tremblay O-Train station. Once you arrive you can take the public bus or the light rail to get to Downtown Ottawa.

Cómo ir de Toronto a Ottawa

3. By bus, the cheapest option to go from Toronto to Ottawa

You can also get to Ottawa from Toronto by bus. For this option you have the company Megabus and Flexibus.

The trip lasts about 5 hours and each company offers two daily departures.

Buses depart from the new Union Station bus terminal in Toronto. It is on the corner of Bay St and Lakeshore Blvd, on the 2nd floor.

Once in Ottawa, you will arrive at the St Laurent Station – Stop E. From there you can use the light rail to get downtown.

4. By plane, an interesting alternative to go from Toronto to Ottawa

The distance from Toronto to Ottawa is about 400km. By plane it will literally take 5 minutes to get there. However, you must take into account the time to get to the airport, pass controls... Perhaps the time you will use will be the same as you will need to go by car, but it is a good option if you do not want to drive and you do not want to go by bus or train .

To fly from Toronto there are two airport alternatives: Toronto Pearson International (outside the city center) or Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (located downtown, in the Toronto Islands).

Ottawa, being the capital of Canada, has a small but busy international airport located south of the city center.

To get to the airport you can hire a private transfer, they are usually cheaper than taking the first taxi you find.

There are several companies that carry out this airlift several times a day. Air Canada or WestJet are two of them.

Cómo ir de Toronto a Ottawa



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