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There are 7 ways to get from Albany to Ottawa by train, car, bus, rideshare or plane

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Train  •  12h 38m

  1. Take the train from Schenectady to St-Lambert Amtrak Station Adirondack
  2. Take the train from Saint-Lambert to Ottawa VIA Rail

$136 - $223

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Bus, rideshare  •  12h 21m

  1. Take the bus from Albany, NY to Hogansburg
  2. Take the bus from Cornwall, ON to Montreal, PQ
  3. Take the rideshare from Montreal to Ottawa

$96 - $147

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Drive  •  5h 43m

  1. Drive from Albany to Ottawa 524.9 km

$50 - $80

Train to Newark, fly to Ottawa  •  6h 56m

  1. Take the train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
  2. Fly from Newark (EWR) to Ottawa (YOW) EWR - YOW

$144 - $633

Fly Albany to Ottawa  •  8h 2m

  1. Fly from Albany (ALB) to Ottawa (YOW) ALB - YOW

$194 - $804

Train to Boston, fly to Massena, drive  •  9h 10m

  1. Take the train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to Boston
  2. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Massena (MSS) BOS - MSS
  3. Drive from Massena to Ottawa

$148 - $278

Train to Boston, fly to Ottawa  •  9h 12m

  1. Take the train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to Boston
  2. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Ottawa (YOW) BOS - YOW

$236 - $780

Albany to Ottawa by train

The train journey time between Albany and Ottawa is around 28h 15m and covers a distance of around 569 km. The fastest train normally takes 28h 15m. Operated by Amtrak and VIA Rail, the Albany to Ottawa train service departs from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station and arrives in Ottawa. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

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The cheapest way to get from Albany to Ottawa is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 5h 43m.

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The quickest way to get from Albany to Ottawa is to drive which costs $40 - $65 and takes 5h 43m.

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No, there is no direct train from Albany station to Ottawa. However, there are services departing from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station and arriving at Ottawa via Schenectady and Saint-Lambert. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 12h 38m.

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The distance between Albany and Ottawa is 344 km. The road distance is 524.9 km.

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The best way to get from Albany to Ottawa without a car is to train which takes 12h 38m and costs $100 - $180.

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It takes approximately 12h 38m to get from Albany to Ottawa, including transfers.

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Albany to Ottawa train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Schenectady station.

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The best way to get from Albany to Ottawa is to train which takes 12h 38m and costs $100 - $180. Alternatively, you can fly, which costs $150 - $650 and takes 8h 2m.

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The quickest flight from Newark Airport to Ottawa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 25m.

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Albany to Ottawa train services, operated by VIA Rail, arrive at Ottawa station.

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Map of how to get from Albany to Ottawa.
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  • Distance: 343.8 km
  • Duration: 12h 38m

What companies run services between Albany, NY, USA and Ottawa, ON, Canada?

You can take a train from Albany to Ottawa via Schenectady and Saint-Lambert in around 12h 38m. Alternatively, United Airlines flies from Albany to Ottawa once daily.

Airlines
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Newark to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1h 25m
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Newark to Ottawa via Montreal
Ave. Duration
3h 33m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Boston to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Flights from Boston to Ottawa via Montreal
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$80 - $550
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Newark to Ottawa via Boston
Ave. Duration
3h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $550
Flights from Albany to Ottawa via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
4h 2m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Boston to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$75 - $550
Porter Airlines
Website
flyporter.com
Flights from Newark to Ottawa via Billy Bishop Toronto City
Ave. Duration
3h 34m
When
Tuesday and Wednesday
Estimated price
$110 - $300
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from Boston to Massena
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$90 - $180
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Schenectady to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 24m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Premium
$260 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $120
Business Seat
$80 - $120
Train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
2h 25m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$240 - $340
Flexi Coach Seat
$60 - $95
Business Seat
$60 - $90
Train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to Boston
Ave. Duration
4h 47m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$45 - $65
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $65
Premium
$250 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$75 - $120
Business Seat
$75 - $110
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Saint-Lambert to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
2h 51m
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$30 - $50
Business
$90 - $105
Economy
$60 - $63
EconomyPlus
$75 - $110
Bus operators
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Albany, NY to Hogansburg
Ave. Duration
6h 10m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50 - $85
Book at
trailwaysny.com
Megabus Canada
Phone
1-866-488-4452
Email
canada-info@coachcanada.com
Website
ca.megabus.com
Bus from Cornwall, ON to Montreal, PQ
Ave. Duration
1h 50m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Book at
megabus.ca
Other operators
Ridesharing.com
Website
ridesharing.com
Rideshare from Montreal to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
2h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$20
Schedules at
ridesharing.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Albany to Ottawa is 525 km. It takes approximately 5h 43m to drive from Albany to Ottawa.

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United Airlines, Porter Airlines and Air Canada offer flights from Newark Airport to Ottawa Airport.

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