Heading to Ottawa-Gatineau soon? Here are the best ways to get here and get around.
Getting to Ottawa-Gatineau
Only 2 hours from Montreal, 4.5 hours from Quebec City and Toronto and less than an hour from the US border, Ottawa-Gatineau is a great weekend destination that will only take one tank of gas or less to get to. If you’re not up for the drive, here are a few other ways to get here.
- Air: Ottawa International Airport is easily accessible to the downtown core with it being only about 15 minutes away. Many of our Hilton hotels provide a free shuttle service from the airport to make your arrival and departure even easier.
- Train: If you choose to take the VIA Rail in and you’ll enjoy a scenic ride on your way to and from Canada’s capital all while relaxing and enjoying the down time.
- Boat: Looking to arrive in style? Many waterways and canals connect into the region making it easily accessible by boat. You can also dock at Hilton Lac Leamy/Casino du Lac Leamy and enjoy electric hook-up, drinking water, reserved space and privileged access to the Casino.
- Bus: If you’re looking to save a few dollars, Greyhound is a great option with many stops in Ontario and Quebec.
Getting Around Ottawa-Gatineau
Ottawa-Gatineau is one of the easiest places to get around. Here are 6 ways you can get the most out of your trip.
- Just walk. You can explore most of the main attractions in Ottawa by foot including Parliament Hill, National Gallery, Byward Market, Supreme Court and more.
- Parking is free on weekends and holidays for 6 hours in certain areas.
- Consider getting a public transit DayPass through OC Transpo. It’s available for $10.50 for unlimited rides. On weekends and Stat Holidays, you can take your family of 2 adults and 4 children under 11 on a single DayPass and enjoy unlimited rides.
- Skate! If you’re visiting in the winter, there is no better way to get around than to skate the Rideau Canal, the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. It winds 7.8km through Ottawa and is free to skate. If you get tired along the way, you can enjoy a rest in a heated change hut, stop for soup, hot chocolate, BeaverTails and more.
- There’s a lot of really great biking paths around the city. Rent a bike from Escape Bicycle Tours & Rentals and use Google Maps Bike Paths to plan your route.
- If you get lost along the way or want to research your next stop, you can connect to free outdoor public Wi-Fi throughout the city.