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

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Drive to Massena, fly

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

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Fly from Ottawa

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

Drive, bus to Saranac Lake, fly

  1. Drive from Ottawa to Massena, NY
  2. Take the bus from Massena, NY to Paul Smiths
  3. Fly from Saranac Lake (SLK) to Boston (BOS)

Train

  1. Take the train from Ottawa to Montréal
  2. Take the train from Montreal Central Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
  3. Take the train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to Boston

Bus, train

  1. Take the bus from Ottawa to Montréal
  2. Take the train from Montreal Central Station to Schenectady
  3. Take the bus from Albany Greyhound Bus Terminal, Albany, NY to Union Station, Worcester, MA
  4. Take the train from Worcester to South Station

Drive

  1. Drive from Ottawa to Boston

Rideshare, bus

  1. Take the rideshare from Ottawa to Toronto
  2. Take the bus from Toronto, ON to New York, NY
  3. Take the bus from New York Gw Bridge to Boston

Ottawa to Boston by train

The train journey time between Ottawa and Boston is around 41h 21m and covers a distance of around 553 miles. This includes an average layover time of around 27h 5m. The fastest train normally takes 37h 30m. Services are operated by VIA Rail and Amtrak. Typically six trains run weekly, although weekend and holiday schedules can vary so check in advance.

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Average train journey times

Time on train:
14h 16m
Layover time:
27h 5m
Total time:
41h 21m

Train route information

Fastest train time:
37h 30m
Train distance:
553 miles
Trains per week:
6
Cheapest price:
-
Carbon emissions:
46 kg CO2

First and last trains

First train departs at:
06:30
Last train departs at:
18:55

The schedules shown below are for the next available departures.

Ottawa to Boston train schedules

Canada → United States
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International entry into United States from Canada

  • Entry is partially open for citizens and permanent residents of Canada
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Allowed for: All visitors arriving by air. Canada and Mexico land borders are closed to non-essential travel

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Conditions of entry into United States from Canada

  • Negative COVID-19 test issued at most 3 days prior to boarding for air passengers 2 years of age or older
  • Unvaccinated travellers are recommended to quarantine for a minimum of 7 days; take a COVID-19 test 3 days after arriving. If test is positive arrivals need to self-isolate until fully recovered
  • Vaccinated travellers are recommended to get tested with a viral test 3-5 days after travel; self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms; isolate and get tested if symptoms develop
This applies to arrivals from all countries, with no exceptions

Rules to follow in United States

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Considerations leaving from Canada

The official advice is to delay international travel until fully vaccinated

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Yes, but conditions apply when entering United States from Canada.

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Domestic travel is not restricted, but some conditions may apply

  • Face masks are recommended
  • There is a social distancing requirement of 2 metres
  • Domestic border crossings may be subject to approval, testing and quarantine

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The national COVID-19 helpline number in Boston is 800-232-4636.

Wearing a face mask on public transport in Boston is recommended.

The social distance requirement in Boston is 2 metres.

Make yourself known to an official member of staff and/or call the national coronavirus helpline number on 800-232-4636.

No, but conditions apply when returning to Canada from United States.

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Last updated: 19 Oct 2021
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Questions & Answers

The most affordable way to get from Ottawa to Boston is to drive, which costs $70 - $110 and takes 7h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Ottawa to Boston is to drive and fly which costs $70 - $230 and takes 2h 59m.

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No, there is no direct train from Ottawa to Boston. However, there are services departing from Ottawa and arriving at Boston via Montreal Central Station and Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 16h 11m.

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The distance between Ottawa and Boston is 315 miles. The road distance is 430 miles.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Boston without a car is to train which takes 16h 11m and costs .

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It takes approximately 2h 59m to get from Ottawa to Boston, including transfers.

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Ottawa to Boston train services, operated by VIA Rail, depart from Ottawa station.

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The best way to get from Ottawa to Boston is to fly which takes 3h 55m and costs $180 - $1,100. Alternatively, you can train, which costs and takes 16h 11m.

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

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

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Map of how to get from Ottawa to Boston.
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  • Distance: 314.5 miles
  • Duration: 2h 59m

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

Air Canada flies from Ottawa to Boston twice daily. Alternatively, you can take a train from Ottawa to Boston via Montréal, Montreal Central Station, and Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station in around 16h 11m.

Airlines
Cape Air
Website
capeair.com
Flights from Saranac Lake to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 26m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $700
Boutique Air
Website
boutiqueair.com
Flights from Massena to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$55 - $230
Air Canada
Website
aircanada.com
Flights from Ottawa to Boston
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $800
Flights from Ottawa to Boston via Montreal
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$120 - $850
Train operators
VIA Rail
Phone
+1 1 888 842-7245
Website
viarail.ca
Train from Ottawa to Montréal
Ave. Duration
1h 56m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Website
VIA Rail
Escape
$25 - $40
Business
$75 - $85
Economy
$47 - $50
EconomyPlus
$60 - $85
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
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Montreal Central Station to Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$40 - $60
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$40 - $60
Premium
$210 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $100
Business Seat
$65 - $100
Train from Albany-Rensselaer Amtrak Station to Boston
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
Frequency
Twice daily
Schedules at
amtrak.com
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amtrak.com
Train from Montreal Central Station to Schenectady
Ave. Duration
6h 58m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$35 - $55
Premium
$210 - $290
Flexi Coach Seat
$65 - $95
Business Seat
$65 - $95
MBTA
Phone
+1-617-222-3200
Website
mbta.com
Train from Worcester to South Station
Ave. Duration
1h 33m
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$0 - $13
Website
MBTA
children 11 and under
$0
Adult
$11 - $13
Bus operators
Trailways New York
Phone
(800) 858-8555
Website
trailwaysny.com
Bus from Massena, NY to Paul Smiths
Ave. Duration
1h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$18 - $25
Book at
trailwaysny.com
Peter Pan Bus Lines
Phone
1-800-343-9999
Website
peterpanbus.com
Bus from Albany Greyhound Bus Terminal, Albany, NY to Union Station, Worcester, MA
Ave. Duration
3h 30m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$28 - $40
Website
peterpanbus.com
OurBus
Phone
+1 844-800-6828
Email
pr@ourbus.com
Website
ourbus.com
Bus from Toronto, ON to New York, NY
Ave. Duration
11h 25m
Frequency
Twice a week
Estimated price
$26 - $35
Book at
ourbus.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 New York Gw Bridge to Boston
Ave. Duration
4h 15m
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$27 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$27 - $40
Flexible
$45 - $70
Other operators
Ridesharing.com
Website
ridesharing.com
Rideshare from Ottawa to Toronto
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
5 times a week
Estimated price
$33
Schedules at
ridesharing.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Ottawa to Boston is 430 miles. It takes approximately 7h 33m to drive from Ottawa to Boston.

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