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

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Fly to Massena, drive  •  3h 44m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Massena (MSS) BOS - MSS
  2. Drive from Massena to Ottawa

$79 - $204

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Fly to Ottawa  •  3h 46m

  1. Fly from Boston (BOS) to Ottawa (YOW) BOS - YOW

$152 - $816

Train  •  19h 6m

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to Schenectady
  2. Take the train from Schenectady to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Saint-Lambert to Ottawa

$157 - $250

Train, bus  •  19h 13m

  1. Take the train from South Station to Worcester
  2. Take the bus from Union Station, Worcester, MA to Albany Greyhound Bus Terminal, Albany, NY
  3. Take the train from Schenectady to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
  4. Take the train from Saint-Lambert to Ottawa

$151 - $253

Train via New York  •  19h 53m

  1. Take the train from Boston South Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
  2. Take the train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Saint-Lambert to Ottawa

$169 - $359

Drive  •  7h 32m

  1. Drive from Boston to Ottawa 688.9 km

$70 - $110

Bus, rideshare  •  18h 1m

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

$125 - $196

Boston to Ottawa by train

The train journey time between Boston and Ottawa is around 41h 24m and covers a distance of around 1165 km. The fastest train normally takes 40h 45m. Operated by Amtrak Northeast Regional, Amtrak and VIA Rail, the Boston to Ottawa train service departs from Boston South 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 most affordable way to get from Boston to Ottawa is to drive, which costs $55 - $85 and takes 7h 32m.

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The quickest way to get from Boston to Ottawa is to fly and drive which costs $60 - $170 and takes 3h 44m.

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No, there is no direct train from Boston station to Ottawa. However, there are services departing from Boston South Station and arriving at Lyon O-Train West / Ouest via Schenectady, Saint-Lambert and Tremblay O-Train West / Ouest. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19h 6m.

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The distance between Boston and Ottawa is 503 km. The road distance is 688.9 km.

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The best way to get from Boston to Ottawa without a car is to train which takes 19h 6m and costs $120 - $200.

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It takes approximately 3h 44m to get from Boston to Ottawa, including transfers.

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Boston to Ottawa train services, operated by Amtrak, depart from Boston South Station.

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The best way to get from Boston to Ottawa is to fly which takes 3h 46m and costs $120 - $650. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $120 - $200 and takes 19h 6m.

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The quickest flight from Boston Airport to Massena Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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

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Map of how to get from Boston to Ottawa.
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  • Distance: 503.2 km
  • Duration: 3h 44m

What companies run services between Boston, MA, USA and Ottawa, ON, Canada?

Air Canada flies from Boston to Ottawa once daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Boston to Ottawa via Schenectady, Saint-Lambert, Ottawa, and Tremblay O-Train West / Ouest in around 19h 6m.

Airlines
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from Boston to Massena
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$65 - $170
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Boston to Ottawa
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $800
Flights from Boston to Ottawa via Montreal
Ave. Duration
3h 18m
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$160 - $800
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 Boston South Station to Schenectady
Ave. Duration
6h 37m
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 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 Boston South Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
3h 42m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$45 - $70
Premium
$260 - $360
Flexi Coach Seat
$80 - $130
Business Seat
$85 - $120
Train from New York Moynihan Train Hall to St-Lambert Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
10h 42m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $90
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$60 - $90
Premium
$290 - $400
Flexi Coach Seat
$110 - $170
Business Seat
$120 - $170
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
MBTA
Phone
617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from South Station to Worcester
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$9 - $16
Website
MBTA
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Boston South Station to New York Moynihan Train Hall
Ave. Duration
4h 20m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$75 - $160
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Reserved Coach Seat
$75 - $160
Business Class Seat
$120 - $230
Bus operators
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Union Station, Worcester, MA to Albany Greyhound Bus Terminal, Albany, NY
Ave. Duration
3h 25m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Website
peterpanbus.com
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Boston to Albany
Ave. Duration
4h 40m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$30 - $45
Flexible
$55 - $85
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 Boston to Ottawa is 689 km. It takes approximately 7h 32m to drive from Boston to Ottawa.

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Boutique Air offers flights from Boston Airport to Massena Airport.

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