Whether you have a car or simply prefer to leave it parked, you’ll find it’s very easy to make your way around Ottawa and get from place to place, attraction to attraction, discovery to discovery. Many popular landmarks are right downtown, within easy reach of Albert at Bay. And since Ottawa’s downtown core is flat and compact, that means it’s perfect for people who love to walk and take everything in. Ottawa is also very bicycle friendly, with lots of routes, segregated lanes, and pathways. Easy-to-use public transportation is also available. Hop on a bus or the city’s light rail line, soon to be expanded in 2018. Or make getting around the adventure in itself. Tour bus and riverboat tours are a great way to see the city.
Two city public transportation systems service Canada’s Capital region. OC Transpo operates buses and the eight-kilometre Trillium light-rail line (Greenboro Station to Bayview) in Ottawa-Carleton on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. On the Quebec side, La Société de Transport de l’Outaouais (STO) operates buses in the Outaouais region. On a bike? No problem, the city’s Rack & Roll service allows you to take your bike along for the ride (spring to fall on buses, year-round on the O-Train Trillium Line).
And beginning summer 2019, the Confederation Line, Ottawa’s new world-class light rail transit system, will begin service, with a major station, the Downtown West at Queen and Lyon, just a block away from Albert at Bay. The 12.5-kilometre route, with 10 kilometres running above ground and 2.5 kilometres underground, will take visitors from Tunney’s Pasture to Blair, with stops downtown, Parliament, Rideau Canal and Byward Market along the way. The Confederation Line will also provide convenient access to the City’s bus and O-Train networks.
If you prefer to get around on foot or on two wheels, you’ll find an abundance of parkland, pathways and wide, safe sidewalks to help you navigate the city. In fact, Ottawa has approximately 170 kilometres of specifically designated paved pathways for walking, jogging, inline skating or cycling, so you can enjoy the beauty of Ottawa without having to worry about making your way in and around cars and traffic.
If you prefer to drive or want to explore a little further outside the city, there are several car rental companies that operate from the Ottawa International Airport (YOW). Reservations must be made 48 hours in advance.
Need a lift from the airport or back to the hotel? Various taxi and limousine services will get you around downtown Ottawa and the surrounding region quickly and easily. Licensed taxis conveniently accept debit and credit cards and have in-car security cameras for the protection of drivers and passengers.