Getting there & away
The central bus station (613-238-5900, 613-238-6668; 265 Catherine St, near Kent St) is 20 blocks south of the Parliament. Several companies operate bus services from the station, the largest being Greyhound Canada. One-way fares include Kingston ($31, 2½ hours, two daily), Toronto ($73, five hours, seven daily), Sudbury ($87, seven hours, three daily) and Montréal ($34, 2¼ hours, hourly).
Major car-rental chains are represented at the airport and offer several locations around town, especially along Laurier and Catherine Sts.
The VIA Rail Station (888-842-7245; 200 Tremblay Rd) is 7km southeast of downtown, near the Riverside Dr exit of Hwy 417. VIA Rail operates five daily trains to Kingston ($47, two hours) with continued service to Toronto ($112, 4¼ hours) and Montréal ($49, 1¾ hours). Trips to western Ontario (including Sudbury and Thunder Bay) require a circuitous transfer in Toronto.
A satellite station operates at 3347 Fallowfield Rd in Ottawa’s west end, and both stations are accessible using public transportation.
The state-of-the-art Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport (YOW; 613-248-2000; www.ottawa airport.ca; 1000 Airport Rd) is 15km south of the city and is, perhaps surprisingly, very small. Main airlines serving the city include Air Canada, Air Canada Jazz, American Airlines, British Airways, Northwest Airlines, KLM, US Airways and WestJet. Most international flights require a transfer before arriving in the capital.
From mid-May to mid-October, pleasure craft can alight at the Casino du Lac Leamy Docking Facilities (819-772-2100, 800-665-2274; 1 Boul Casino, Gatineau). Parking is free, although reservations are a must.