There are many different forms of transportation in Ottawa.
If you are flying into Ottawa then you will be flying into the Ottawa International Airport which is located at the end of the Airport Parkway. The Ottawa International Airport opened its new three level terminal in the fall of 2003. Some of the major airlines that fly in and out of here are Air Canada, United Airlines, American Airlines and Continental. The airport is approximately 20 minutes drive to downtown. Besides the fact that we love having an international airport so close, we also love that it is a bit smaller and easier to find your way around.
If you are taking a train into Ottawa then you will arrive at the Ottawa Train Station which is located on Tremblay Street just 5-10 minutes east of downtown.
If you are taking a bus to here then you will more than likely arrive at the Central Bus Station which is located on Catherine Street downtown (parallel to the 417/Queensway).
Once you are in Ottawa you have quite a few options for getting around. There is a lot to do within walking distance but if you want to venture out farther than the downtown core you may want to rent a car. You can rent a car at one of the many
Ottawa car rental agencies here. They have offices throughout the city including the airport. Some of the car rental places are known worldwide as in Enterprise, National, Alamo, Avis and Hertz.
If you don’t want to rent a car you can also hire a taxi. There are numerous taxi cab companies that service the Ottawa area. Their prices are pretty similar. You can even find London Black Cabs in Ottawa now too. There aren’t too many so they are hard to find.
You also have the option of calling a limousine company. There are many different companies to choose from.
If you want to use public transportation in Ottawa, the bus service is called OC Transpo. They service the entire area, including the neighbourhoods in the East, West and South ends of the city. The rates are very reasonable and if you are interested you can even get a day pass so you can use the bus as often as you want in the day. There are bus maps at the various bus stops throughout the city.