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Getting Around Ottawa

How To Get Around Ottawa

Getting around Canada's Capital has never been easier.

Once you arrive in Ottawa, you will find it to be one of the easiest cities to get from one place to another. Your travel options are numerous. Public transit is readily available in the form of buses and light rail, and numerous tour bus and riverboat companies offer great ways to see the city. In fact, there are even companies that combine both options, utilizing vehicles that convert from buses to boats.

Public Transportation

There are two city bus systems in Canada's Capital region. OC Transpo operates buses in Ottawa-Carleton on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. La Société de Transport de l'Outaouais (STO) operates buses in the Outaouais region on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River.

Recreational Trails & Pathways

Ottawa has an abundance of parkland, pathways and wide, safe sidewalks to help you navigate your way around the city. Within Ottawa, there are approximately 170 kilometres of paved pathways, dedicated specifically to those wishing to use "foot" power as their mode of transportation. Either by walking, jogging, inline skating or cycling, one can enjoy the beauty of Ottawa, without fear of navigating through motorized traffic.

National Capital Commission: Biking Country Web site

Car Rentals

There are several car rental companies that operate from the Ottawa International Airport. Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance.

Taxis & Limousine Services

Get around downtown Ottawa and the surrounding region quickly and easily with the rapid services of taxis and limousine service.

Stay in one of Ottawa's largest hotel suites.

Plan ahead and take advantage of our year-round & seasonal hotel packages for your next trip to Canada's Capital. Book your suite online or call toll-free at 1-800-267-6644.