Bicycle

Right on the Rideau Canal bike path, the friendly staff at Rent-A-Bike will set you up with a bike and offer tips about scenic trails. The Capital Information Kiosk has bike maps.

Car & Motorcycle

There is free parking in World Exchange Plaza on Albert St on weekends. Hourly metered parking can be found throughout downtown and in parking lots charging around $20 a day. There are lots charging around $10 a day dotted around Centretown, including on Somerset St W east of Lyon St N.

During winter, overnight on-street parking is prohibited if there has been (or is likely to be) more than 7cm of snow – to allow the snowplows to come through. Contact the City of Ottawa with additional parking queries.

Public Transportation

OC Transpo operates Ottawa's useful bus network and a light-rail system known as the O-train. Bus rides cost $3.65 ($1.90 for children under 13) and you can pay on the bus. Make sure you have the exact change on you. You can also purchase a day pass ($8.50) from the driver, and buy books of six tickets ($9.90) at convenience stores. Adults pay $5.15 on express routes. Be sure to take your ticket when boarding and paying; it allows you to transfer to other buses for a period of 90 minutes. The Capital Information Kiosk has bus maps.

The O-train does not currently stop downtown. It will become more useful when the Confederation Line is completed in 2018, providing a link between Parliament and the VIA Rail Station.

Ottawa and Hull/Gatineau operate separate bus systems. A transfer is valid from one system to the other, but may require an extra payment.