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How to get from Montreal International Airport to Ottawa

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city and home to beautiful nature, ice skating, international music festivals, and worldwide influenced cuisine – a great holiday destination for all.

So when visiting Ottawa and are landing at Montreal Trudeau-Elliot International Airport (YUL), you have 3 travel options; you can either take a taxi or private shuttle, a bus or a train. Taking a Montreal airport taxi or private transfer is a great way to travel as they offer 24/7 door-to-door transfers, in the comfort of a private vehicle. If you are travelling on more of a budget then you can take the bus or the train to your Ottawa hotel. Nevertheless, both public transportation options require a transfer in downtown Montreal, as there is no direct route from Trudeau airport.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €210 120min 24/7
Bus €47.40 145min 07:00–17:00
Train €92 100min 06:35–19:24

How to get from Montreal Trudeau Airport to Ottawa by taxi

Choosing to take a Montreal airport taxi or private transfer is an easy and practical way to get to Ottawa, especially if you are travelling with children or with heavy luggage. Moreover, Montreal taxi cabs are available 24/7 and take care of your personal belongings.

Taxi fare from Montreal International Airport to Ottawa

Taxis in Montreal use taximeters to calculate their prices. The 2-hour taxi journey from Montreal airport to Ottawa, Canada costs around CA$310 (€210), depending on traffic conditions.
Please note that this fare does not include a tip, nor does it include the Montreal airport fee of CA$3 (€2).
Furthermore, it is good to know that there is no price difference during the day, night and on weekends.

Cost

CA$310 (€210)

Trip Duration

2 hours

*Rates may vary unless you book your taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Montreal International Airport

Where do I get it from?

Montreal Trudeau Airport’s official taxi ranks are located on the arrivals floor, next to the Terminal’s central exit.

Convenience

Taking a taxi from Montreal airport to Ottawa is a great way to travel, especially if you are travelling in a group. However, Ottawa is located 2 hours away from YUL airport, and prices are calculated using a meter, thus your taxi fare can become quite expensive.

If you wish to travel at a fixed price, with no hidden fees and with an English-speaking taxi driver, you can pre-book a private transfer service.

Editor’s Note

It is advisable to confirm an estimation of the metered price with your taxi driver before starting your journey to Ottawa.

Useful Tips

Please note that there is no price difference for a day, night or weekend trip.
It is customary to tip your Montreal taxi driver 10 to 15% of your final fare.
There is no need to reserve an airport taxi, however only a certain number of taxis are available for adapted mobility passengers.

How to get from Montreal Trudeau Airport to Ottawa by bus

As mentioned previously, there is no direct public transportation from Montreal Trudeau International Airport to Ottawa. You will firstly have to make your way to downtown Montreal. From Station Berri-UQAM you will need to get the Orleans Express bus to downtown Ottawa.

How much is a bus ticket on the Orleans Express?

A one-way bus ticket on the Orleans Express from the Central Station in downtown Montreal costs CA$35 (€23.70) to Ottawa (Université d’Ottawa). Unfortunately, this bus does not offer any discounts for seniors, children or student travellers.
Moreover, your end price will vary depending on your transportation option from Montreal airport to downtown.

Cost

CA$35 (€23.70)

Trip Duration

2 H 25 min.

There are 3 bus departures from downtown Montreal a day.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Orleans Express bus is available daily at 07:00, 09:00 and at 17:00, and an extra trip is added from Friday to Sunday at 13:00.

Where do I get it from?

As the bus does not leave directly from Montreal Trudeau International Airport, you will have to make your way to Montreal’s Central Station downtown, where the Orleans Express bus departs.

Convenience

The Orleans Express bus is a great way to travel to Ottawa as the vehicles are comfortable. However, as the bus does not run directly from Montreal airport, you will have to make your way to downtown Montreal which can be tricky with children or heavy luggage. Moreover, the bus schedule is limited, meaning that if you arrive after a bus departure, you will end up having to wait for a while before the next one.

Editor’s Note

If you already have your ticket, you should arrive 15 minutes before the bus departure. It is always recommended to buy your tickets in advance, as close to departure time, the bus might already be full.

Useful Tips

The Orelans Express provides very comfortable coaches, with amenities such as individual electrical outlets, Wi-Fi, reclining seats, onboard toilets, folding tables, leg room and footrests.
Electronic devices are permitted on board except in the first two rows to avoid disturbing the driver.
Pets are not allowed on board excepted for service and assistance dogs.

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If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Montreal. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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How to get from Montreal Trudeau Airport to Ottawa by train

Another public transportation option to get from Montreal airport to Ottawa is to take the train, operated by VIA Rails. Again, no direct route exists from YUL airport, however, there is a free shuttle service from Montreal Trudeau Airport to the Dorval VIA Rail station which takes 10 minutes, and runs at regular intervals (every 20 to 30 minutes). From here, you can board a train to Ottawa station. The train ride lasts one hour 40 minutes.

How much is a train ticket from downtown Montreal to Ottawa?

A one-way ticket from Montreal Dorval railway station costs CA$68 (€46), infants (aged 0-2) travel for free on a parents lap and children (aged 2 to 11) have discounted tickets which cost CA$35 (€23.70). Please note that ticket prices may vary, depending on the day and time of day you are travelling on.

Cost

CA$68 (€46)

Trip Duration

1 H 40 Min.

There is an average waiting time of around 3 hours between each train.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The VIA Rail train is available Monday - Friday from 06:35 to 19:24 and on Saturday - Sunday from 09:24 to 19:24.

Where do I get it from?

The Montreal Trudeau Airport to the Dorval VIA Rail station shuttle bus is located at door “9” at the airport’s departures level. The Via Rail train to Ottawa will be indicated at the Dorval railway station.

Convenience

Taking the VIA Rail train from Montreal to Ottawa is a great public transportation option. Not only is there a fast, free and reliable shuttle service from Montreal airport to Dorval train station, but trains only take 1 hour 40 minutes to reach Ottawa.
Bear in mind that you will then have to find another way to get to your Ottawa hotel from the train station.

Editor’s Note

If you have a disability, you can purchase your ticket by telephone at 1 888 VIA-RAIL (1 888 842-7245) or TTY 1 800 268-9503 (hearing impaired), in order to ensure your specific needs and assistance are met.

Useful Tips

One personal item weighing up to 11.5 kg and one large suitcase weighing up to 23 kg is allowed per person or 2 small items weighing 11.5 kg each. Items over 23 kgs are not permitted on board.
You will need to have a valid photo ID that exactly matches the name on your ticket and the photo on the ID looks like you, as a VIA Rail staff member might ask to see it when boarding.
Please note that ticket prices vary depending on the time and day you are travelling on.

Frequently asked questions

What is the distance from Montreal airport to Ottawa, Canada?

Ottawa is located 175 km away from Montreal airport, and it takes around 2 hours to reach by car or by taxi.

How much is a taxi from Montreal International Airport to Ottawa?

The 2 hour taxi journey from Montreal airport to Ottawa, Canada, costs around CA$310 (€210), depending on traffic conditions. However, if you wish to travel at a competitive set price with no hidden fees, it is recommended to pre-book a private airport transfer.

How to get from Montreal Trudeau International Airport to Ottawa?

There are 3 different travel options to get from Montreal Trudeau-Elliot International Airport to Ottawa; you can take a taxi or private shuttle, a bus or a train.

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